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Cruising The High Seas Or On An On-Shore Excursion: You Might Be Involved In A Cruise Ship Accident!

September 9, 2010

Late summer is a great time to take a cruise vacation – the weather is warm, the sunshine is abundant, and the crowds have decreased as kids go back to school. With this type of relaxing vacation, people are often focusing on having a good time and are not thinking so much about the possible dangers inherent in a cruise (or in any vacation, for that matter). Because a cruise ship is a moving hotel, there are any number of things that could make your vacation less than idyllic: engineering malfunctions can cause accidents, shore excursions can present problems, and ship-board illnesses can put a crimp in your trip.

It doesn’t take much effort to find that numerous cruise ship accidents occur every year. Just insert that phrase into any search engine and numerous stories pop up:

  • In February of 2010, a shore excursion accident in Tortola killed one person, seriously injured two others, and required medical attention for several other passengers from the cruise ship Caribbean Princess. The group had been riding in a bus provided by a ship-sponsored tour company. The bus left the road and rolled over en route to a "Tropical Forest Hike and Beach" excursion.
  • In July, 2010, the gangway collapsed as passengers were boarding the 3,300 passenger ship MSC Splendida in Genoa. The gangway plunged 30 feet, killing one passenger and injuring another.
  • In June of 2010, the Celebrity Constellation departed Amsterdam for a Baltic cruise and was carrying the novovirus. 204 passengers and 34 crew members came down with the gastrointestinal illness, meaning they spent a good portion of the cruise confined to their cabins. This incident came less than three months after Celebrity Mercury was plagued by a nearly unprecedented number of Norovirus outbreaks.
  • In April, 2010, 60 paasengers were injured when the Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Ecstasy listed 12 degrees in an attempt to avoid a submerged object.
  • In June, 2010, the Thompson Dream experienced plumbing problems, causing one passenger to note, "The strong smell of sewage was disgusting. All through the cruise on various decks you would find buckets catching dirty water coming from ceilings and large heavy duty blowers attempting to dry carpets."
  • In May, 2010, a machine room fire on the Deutschland meant the evacuation of 607 passengers.

What if you are involved in a cruise ship accident? The first thing to do is to be sure to get a detailed report of the accident from cruise ship personnel and keep your cruise ticket after you return home. Your attorney will need this information to help with your case as it lists many of the "special requirements" that govern your cruise and cruise ship accident. Also, get the names and contact information for any passengers or ship’s personnel who may have witnessed your accident. If possible, take photos of the area where your injury occurred and document any conditions which may have contributed to the accident. Ask, in writing (keep a copy for your records), that the ship’s personnel preserve any accident-related evidence, on-board video surveillance, or materials. In addition, seek medical attention, even if the injury seems minor at the time.

If you have been involved in a cruise ship accident, contact attorney Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today. Mr. Maus provides a free, no obligation consultation to answer your questions and help you determine if you have a claim against your cruise line. He is an experienced Florida cruise ship accident attorney who has handled thousands of claims ranging from slip and trip and falls, sexual assault, cruise ship viruses and violations of safety and cleanliness standards, injuries during onshore excursions, and many other types of claims which are related to cruise ships.   His office handles claims on a contingent basis which means there are no attorney’s fees charged unless a recovery is made on your behalf. Mr. Maus is licensed to practice throughout the State of Florida, in the Southern and Middle Districts of the United States District Court, and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is an “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability rating awarded, and the highest ethical rating awarded to attorneys.

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