What is a cruise ship injury?
What is a cruise ship injury? A cruises ship injury is any type of physical or emotional harm caused to your body or mind that occurs while you are on a cruise due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act or omission. ¬†In other words, any personal injury that happens while you are on a cruise voyage, including when you are embarking or disembarking the ship, or on a shore excursion set up or arranged by the cruise line. Many cruise passengers on vacation put their guard down and don’t think of the negative things that can happen while on a cruise vacation. ¬†Injuries on cruise liners can result from slip and falls, trip and falls, rape and sexual assault by crew members or other guests, negligent security, negligent maintenance of guest rooms, restaurant and dining areas, slippery floors and stairs, falling overboard, injuries during activities and games, flow riders, zip lines, jest skis, wave runners, parasailing, tours, van rides, atvs, scooters, food sickness, water-borne illness from unsafe pool and drinking water. swimming pool accidents and drownings, dicing accidents, unsafe beaches, unsafe excursions. When it happens to you call (305) 741- LAWS (5297).¬† We have been handling Cruise Ship Injury cases throughout Florida and Federal Court in Miami Southern District of Florida, where many cruise lines are headquartered.
Several major cruise lines are based in Miami, and sail from Port Miami, Port Everglades, and Port Canaveral to the Caribbean islands which are the most common ports of call for Carnival Cruises, NCL ( Norwegian Cruise Line ), RCL ( Royal Caribbean Cruises), Princess Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Holland America, Seabourn Cruise Line, Azamara Cruises, Oceana Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and more. Hundreds of thousands of passengers set sail for vacations on a cruise ship. Unfortunately, bad things can happen when passengers are on vacation on these ships. Passengers suffer injuries aboard the cruise ship or while enjoying one of the many excursions they offer.
Slip and fall injuries are the most common complaint we come across from passengers, in particular on outdoor decks.¬†¬†Mr. Perkins has conducted extensive discovery and obtained Federal Court orders pertaining to the materials used on the decking of ships and the number of prior falls on thereon.
The cruise lines owe a ‚Äúduty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of its passengers.‚ÄĚ See,¬†Hall vs. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Limited, 888 So. 2d 654 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004), 2004 A.M.C. 1913;¬† citing¬†Kermarec v. Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, 358 U.S. 625, 79 S. Ct. 406, 3 L. Ed. 2d 550 (1959);¬†The Moses Taylor,¬† 4 Wall. 411, 71 U.S. 411, 18 L. Ed. 397 (1866);¬†Carlisle¬†v. Ulysses¬†Line Ltd., 475 So. 2d 248 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985).
The cruise lines also owe a ‚Äúduty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances‚ÄĚ. See,¬†Harnesk vs. Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc, 1992 AMC 1472, 1991 WL 329584 (S. D. Fla. 1991). The cruise line‚Äôs ‚Äúduty is to warn of dangers known to the carrier in places where the passenger is invited to, or may reasonably be expected to visit.‚ÄĚ See,¬†Carlisle vs. Ulysses Line Limited,¬†S.A., 475 So. 2d 248 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985).¬†¬† The cruise line has a duty to provide safe ingress and egress to and from the ship.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an incident aboard a cruise, ship or stemming from a cruise contact Perkins Law Offices at [email protected] of call for a free confidential case review at 305 741-LAWS (5297).