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Cruise Ship Injury Victim Seeks Legal Help After Waking up to Flames


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Cruise vacations are suppose to be about relaxing, venturing into new places and trying new things, but James Bailey most likely did not have getting set on fire as a top cruise moment on his cruise “To Do” list.

Bailey, 28, of Lanarkshire in England, claims he fell asleep at the bar one night on a cruise ship and when he woke up, he was on fire and no one had an explanation for how this cruise injury could have occurred.

Now, Bailey is seeking the legal advice of a cruise ship injury lawyer and alleges the owners of the Amsterdam “booze cruise” are refusing to take responsibility for the incident, which took place in April.

“After a few drinks I feel asleep at a table on the eighth floor bar. Most of my friends were either asleep or back in their rooms,” Bailey told the Daily Mail. “I suddenly awoke in extreme agony and quickly realized my clothes were on fire. The bartender assisted in removing my shirt and putting out the flames. I burned my hand which instantly blistered to the size of a grape.”

According to Bailey, there were about 20 to30 people in the bar when the cruise accident took place, not including the staff. However, no one seems to know how he was set on fire. While he does admit that the bar staff put out the flames, they did not act in a hasty manner and as a result, he suffered second and third degree burns.

Not only was the cruise ship injury tragic and mysterious, but since the incident occurred, Bailey says he has been suffering from insomnia and night terrors and has been referred to a psychologist.

“I feel so helpless because I can’t get closure. I want answers,” he said.
Bailey has threatened the cruise company with a negligence lawsuit. DFDS Seaways, the cruise company in question, refused to comment on the maritime accident.

This cruise accident may be strange, but it wouldn’t be the first personal injury accident to take place on a cruise ship and it certainly wouldn’t be the first time a cruise line has refused to take responsibility for any harm that has occurred to a passenger. If you or a loved one have suffered any injuries or have lost someone you love in an accident on the high seas, we are here to help ensure you obtain justice for your pain and suffering.

Our cruise injury attorneys have been successfully representing passengers and crewmembers who have been hurt while onboard a cruise line or other vessel since 1971. We focus on admiralty and maritime personal injury claims against those who have been injured on ships worldwide and will fight to make sure you and your loved ones obtain the maximum recovery for your accident.

Cruise Lines don’t always come forward to admit wrongdoing or negligence, but our cruise accident lawyers are here to make sure they are held accountable for their actions. Contact our cruise injury law firm today to discuss your options and file a case to protect your rights.

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