When embarking on a cruise, we’re willing to bet that injury is one of the last things on your mind. We understand that you have a lot on your plate. You don’t need to spend your time worrying about what could happen, when there’s a perfectly reasonable possibility that everything will be smooth sailing.
Naturally, we also hope that everything will be as enjoyable and problem-free as possible. However, occasionally, safety concerns do become an issue. As maritime attorneys, we have seen our fair share of injuries at sea. And as a result, there are a few things we think you should know when you file a cruise injury claim.
Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a cruise passenger is the first step to having a safer, more enjoyable vacation in the long run. A recent event aboard a Carnival cruise serves as a good reminder to take necessary safety precautions, whether on land or on sea.
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the Carnival Liberty had just left its port of Galveston to begin another would-be memorable vacation for its passengers. A few hours after departure, however, the ship turned around and headed back to shore. The reason? A three-year-old girl had fallen down two flights of stairs—from the 14th to the 12th deck.
The girl and her family had reportedly been posing for photos when she unexpectedly slipped and fell. At that time, she was immediately taken to the ship’s medical center, where it was decided that she should be taken to a hospital. The ship returned and the girl was transported. Medical personnel maintained that she was stable and alert when transported from the ship. At the time of the writing of this post, there is no further report of her condition.
Our Maritime Lawyer Believes That Improved Safety Measures Could Increase Passenger Safety
We are heartened by the positive reports of this young girl’s situation and are sending our thoughts to her and her family for a speedy recovery. An event like this is certainly far from the relaxing vacation they had expected. But, it is fortunate that the Carnival evacuated the girl to appropriate medical care.
However, we are left wondering what caused the girl to slip in the first place? Incidents like these very often occur, in part, as a result of cruise line negligence. Was there a hazardous condition, like an unreasonably slippery floor? Was there a faulty guard rail? What was it that caused her to lose her balance and tumble down two flights of stairs? Because these sorts of incidents do not happen every day, we are curious as to the details behind the case. Identifying the cause of accidents such as these can assist in preventing them from occurring to other passengers in the future; and can result in appropriate compensation for the injured passenger who may be left with medical bills, pain, and disability.
Knowing all of the precautions you can take, both before the cruise and during it, will make your time away from home as enjoyable as possible—for all of the right reasons—helping to identify hazards aboard the ship and hopefully keeping you and your family our of harms way.
But if you or a loved one is ever hurt or injured while aboard a cruise, rest assured that we are here to help. We have the know-how to help you navigate your case with Carnival Cruise Lines and many others. Simply contact the firm for more information or to schedule a free consultation.