If you have a cruise planned during the upcoming holiday season, or are considering one for the year ahead, you may already have done your research on the cruise operators, routes, destinations and excursion options that await. This kind of research is essential to determining the best cruise for you and your traveling companions. However, it is also important to understand that things could go wrong. Although most trips experience little to no obstacles, here is what you should know, in case something unexpected occurs at sea.
Reading the Fine Print is Key
Ask most people to read the fine print on their ticket and they will think you are joking. However, the fine print often contains useful information that you may need to know should you suffer an accident or injury on your cruise. In many cases, the cruise company will state the amount of time you have to place them on notice of your claim, to file a lawsuit, as well as the location where the suit must be filed. Although reading this could feel like a hassle, it will be far easier to digest the information before something goes wrong, than afterwards, when you may be in a state of panic or unable to focus on these details.
Not All Cruise Doctors are Created Equal
Many cruise passengers assume that their health is in good hands while they are on their cruise, due to the fact that cruises are now equipped with medical staff. The vast majority of cruise ship doctors are foreign and do not have any training as to U.S. standards of care. As a result, the professionals in the ship’s infirmary may not have received the level of care you would expect in a U.S. doctor’s office. And, should your situation require serious attention, it is likely that you will need to be medevaced to the nearest hospital on land. We always recommend getting approval from your doctor before sailing.
Crime is Possible
As a general rule, it is wise to behave on your cruise in the same manner you would in a city. During your time at sea, you will come into contact with a variety of different people, most of whom will be strangers. Therefore, you should stay alert to your surroundings, keep an eye on your valuables, and be mindful of your alcohol consumption. It is also important that you always let friends and family know where you will be and check in regularly. Having a buddy system in place so no one is left on their own is also recommended. Taking these simple proactive measures will help reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a crime.
The Team at LMAW, PA Can Help
However, if an accident or injury at sea does take place, you should know that you do not have to face your legal burden on your own. The maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. know what you are facing and are prepared to help. In the aftermath of a traumatic event at sea, it can be difficult to know how to move forward. That is why speaking with a trusted attorney can make all the difference. We will listen to your needs and create a plan so that you can get the attention and results you deserve. So if you have questions and are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.