The Grenada Ports Authority describes Grenada as a “paradise for yachtsman” because of its expansive coastline and attractive unspoiled natural surroundings. There is a Grenada Sailing Festival held each January which attracts yachters, sailors and other tourists from around the world, as well as an additional Carriacou Regatta held in August each year.
Grenada is also an extremely popular cruise destination that has been working on building its cruise industry by providing easier access for some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Traditionally, cruise lines berthed in St. George’s Harbour, but a new terminal on the western shore of the city opened in 2005 as part of an $80 million Melville Street Development Project. Because the seabed in the new port has a depth of 10.5 meters, some of the biggest ships from some of the best-known companies worldwide can now berth in Grenada.
For cruisers, yachtsman, crew, and anyone else visiting Grenada, the attractive islands that make up this island country offer plenty of activities. Unfortunately, while visiting or while in the immediate offshore area, things can go wrong. Passengers and members of the crew could get hurt or even be killed as a result of a maritime accident. If this occurs and someone is harmed, a maritime lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible.
What to Do After a Maritime Injury in Grenada
If you sustain a maritime injury aboard a ship or boat off the coast of Grenada, or if you get hurt while on an excursion on any of Grenada’s islands, you need to know what comes next after the injury. If you are able, you are encouraged to contact the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) which has more than 900 staff members and responds to more than 15,000 incident reports each year. The RGPF can enforce criminal law, immigration law and maritime law. If the police respond to the scene of an accident and write up a report about how the incident happened, this can subsequently help you as you try to make a maritime injury case.
You can also report a rape or any other act of violence to the doctor and security staff on the cruise ship. Filing a report provides a record of what happened and can help you get appropriate medical advice. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors and security aboard cruise ships aren’t sure exactly how to help you or aren’t willing to offer the help you need because they work for the cruise line (which will be worried about potential lawsuits).
Being prepared for what to do after an injury on a cruise is very difficult because of the limited help that may be available. But the good news is that you can get immediate assistance from Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. We can be contacted from within Grenada to speak with our maritime injury attorneys who offer worldwide assistance.
When you reach out to us and let us know how you were harmed, you can get invaluable advice on the next steps you should take to preserve evidence and prepare for making a maritime injury claim when you return home. We help both passengers and crew members, so anyone hurt off the coast of Grenada or during an excursion in Grenada can get the advice they need.
LMAW: Let Us Help
Injuries can happen in a split second as a result of an act of violence, a slip and fall or falling overboard. As soon as something happens to you or someone you love, you should begin preparing to fight for accountability and justice. Call Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. today at 877-233-1238 to schedule a consultation or contact us online to speak with a lawyer so we can start advising you on how to protect your rights after an injury.