When you embark on your cruise, you have every reason to believe that it will go off without a hitch. After all, most cruisers do make their entire voyage without encountering any issues. These days, cruise lines are put under increasing scrutiny whenever something does not go as planned. So, they have a vested interest in making sure that passengers and crewmembers are brought back to dry land in one piece.
However, just because cruise lines are aware of the potential criticism (and lawsuits) they might face as a result of negligent behavior, does not mean that accidents and injuries never happen. On the contrary, unexpected events can and do still happen aboard cruises. As a maritime law firm, we can personally attest to the varied cases we see both domestically and abroad.
A recent situation in New Zealand serves as another reminder of the fact that you can be injured aboard your cruise.
This week, a 20-year-old crewmember aboard the Legend of the Seas was seriously injured while the vessel sailed near Cook Strait, New Zealand. According to reports, the Indian-national suffered a low-back fracture while performing her normal duties aboard the ship. Due to the nature of her injury, it was determined that she required urgent medical attention that was not available from the ship’s medical facility and that she had to be transferred to a land based hospital equipped for her medical needs.
A Life Flight Westpac rescue helicopter was contacted to airlift the woman from the moving vessel. Because the airlift took place in the middle of the night, it was a challenging task for all involved. However, the Wellington Hospital, where the woman is currently a patient, reported that she is now in stable condition.
We send our condolences to the crewmember and her family, and wish her both a full and speedy recovery.
Were Working Conditions Safe Enough?
In the wake of this accident, we hope and expect RCCL will conduct a complete investigation into what caused this accident and then take the necessary steps to make sure safety measures and enforcement methods for those measures are put in place so that there is no opportunity for a similar future event to take place. After all it is in their own best interest to do so.
We will certainly keep an eye out to see how this case develops. Our team has years of experience handling a variety of maritime legal cases. So, if you or someone you love has been injured aboard a cruise, you can rest assured that we are here for you.
If you have questions and are ready to take the next step in getting the justice you deserve, a maritime attorney can help. Do not be afraid to contact us.