Cruise vacations are often ruined when passengers or crewmembers come down with an illness such as Norovirus or suffer injuries onboard the vessel or ashore while on an excursion. While a lot of attention is placed on protecting passengers against injuries, not all cruise lines provide the same treatment to crewmembers. There are times in which a vessel’s crew is injured or someone goes missing, and cruise ship operators do not respond in time to get the victim the help they need and deserve. As a result, the crewmember may suffer from aggravated injuries or may even lose their life.
Cruise ship crewmembers are considered seafarers (or seamen) because they spend most of their time working onboard their vessel. As seafarers, they are entitled to certain benefits and medical care whenever an accident strikes. While accidents at sea or in port are common, it is important for cruise ship workers to know that they can turn to a seafarer lawyer for assistance in filing a claim and to pursue collection of their rightful benefits.
While no serious injuries were reported, four crewmembers might have cause to file a seafarer claim against a luxury cruise line which sustained damage during an Antarctic voyage.
The four workers were injured after heavy weather conditions caused a Silversea cruise ship to sustain damage. The cruise line reported that none of the 133 passengers onboard were hurt, but four crewmembers suffered minor injuries.
The Silver Explorer, a luxury expedition ship, sustained damage on Jan. 12, according to statement released by the cruise line last Thursday. According to the company, the ship has full power and control, and stabilizers are working. The vessel set forth toward Ushuaia, Argentina on Jan. 13, and no further information was provided regarding changes in itinerary or the condition of the injured crew.
According to the Silversea report, the four workers were already treated, but the nature of their injuries is unknown. At any moment, an injury that may at first appear to be mild can lead to complications, including death. Whenever a crewmember is injured onboard a vessel, the line has a responsibility to ensure they are treated, and if adequate medical treatment is not available on the vessel, the ship’s operators must make arrangements to have the victim transported to the nearest hospital or medical facility.
When this does not happen, injured crewmembers and their loved ones can turn to a seafarer attorney for assistance in filing a claim and seeking compensation for their pain and suffering. At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., our attorneys have represented the rights of crewmembers since 1971 and have received acclaim as the top law firm protecting seafarer rights. If you or someone you know has been injured onboard, turn to us for help in seeking justice for what has transpired.
Silversea, whose U.S. office is based in Fort Lauderdale, later said it cancelled its Jan. 21 departure, but the line expects to resume the Antarctic schedule on Jan. 31.
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