The port of Galveston, TX is a popular destination for cruise passengers. Boats departing from the port of Galveston include the Carnival Freedom, the Carnival Magic, the Carnival Triumph, the Disney Wonder and Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Whenever any cruise departs from the Galveston area, passengers have the right to expect their time aboard the ship will be safe and the cruise line will take reasonable steps to prevent cruise ship accidents and acts of violence.
Unfortunately, cruise passengers are routinely injured while aboard a boat, while traveling to a port of call or while participating in on-shore excursions sponsored or arranged by the cruise line. When accidents happen, passengers often do not know what to do next or what their rights are. An experienced maritime attorney can provide you with advice and represent you when you suffer harm.
What Happens When an Accident Happens on a Cruise Ship?
When an accident happens on a cruise ship, the victim of the accident may sustain serious injuries or may even be killed in the incident. Victims who were harmed may visit the ship’s infirmary to get immediate medical aid. Unfortunately, the doctors and medical staff aboard the ship often have limited knowledge of how to treat serious injuries. Victims may need to visit a hospital at the nearest port or even be transported via Medevac helicopter in order to get life-saving medical care.
The cost of medical care can be expensive, especially if emergency evacuation is necessary. Many health insurers do not provide coverage for injuries that occur internationally, so victims could find themselves facing significant medical expenses. The cruise ships responsible for the injury should cover all costs and losses passengers have experienced. Pursuing a cruise ship accident claim is necessary for victims to obtain the compensation they need.
Pursuing a Claim for Damages After a Cruise Ship Accident
Accidents should be reported to ship security in writing, and photographs and witness information should be obtained after the accident whenever possible.
It is up to victims and their families to prove a cruise line should be held liable when an accident or an act of violence causes injury aboard a cruise ship. Unfortunately, passengers sometimes have difficulty gathering the necessary proof of harm. Medical records from aboard the ship may not be comprehensive and may not provide sufficient details about the extent of the injury. Crew and staff members may also be unavailable to testify or unforthcoming about how injuries happened.
Gathering as much information as you can aboard the ship can be important to your case and Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has prepared a guide for cruise ship passengers after accidents occur. Our attorneys can also help with a comprehensive investigation upon your return to shore so you can build a strong case for damages.
Contact LMAW as Soon as Possible
The laws related to cruise ship injuries can be complicated, since the injuries happen offshore. Building a case also presents unique challenges. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has helped many victims of injuries aboard cruises departing from Galveston, TX and elsewhere throughout the country. To learn more about how we can use our legal experience in your case, contact us today to speak with an attorney who is familiar with maritime law. Call 877-233-1238 or contact us online.