Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer
Cruise ships are usually a safe choice when traveling overseas. The controlled environment onboard is partially why so many people opt for cruises. However, there are a lot of things that can go wrong on a cruise, from the captain refusing to turn back against dangerous weather, to poorly maintained furnishings that collapse or fall apart when used as intended. If you were injured on a cruise ship, you may be owed considerable compensation for your injuries, and the Miami cruise ship accident lawyer at Spencer Morgan Law can help you obtain what you are owed.
Examples of Cruise Ship Negligence
There are dozens of cases in which a cruise ship could be held accountable for a guest’s injuries or fatality. Below are some of the most common:
- Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall—Slip, trip, and falls happen whenever there is an unsafe walking surface due to a known hazard. Examples include spills and dirty walking surfaces, failing to inform guests of rough seas, damaged flooring, and more.
- Swimming Pool Accidents—Was the cruise ship using lifeguards, and did the lifeguards respond in an appropriate manner? Were there proper safety, medical, and life saving tools/devices at hand? Cruise ship swimming pool accidents can turn deadly if the cruise ship was negligent in their duty of care to you and your family.
- Assault—Cruise ships have a duty to provide a high degree of security for guests, and every assault should be investigated. Assault can be in the form of physical assault, sexual assault (including the use of date rape drugs), and attempted assault. The perpetrator could be a cruise ship staff member or a guest. In either case, the cruise ship can be held liable.
- Tainted Food—One of the most common risks on cruise ships is being served tainted food, resulting in stomach illness. Because of the lack of medical services on cruise ships, intestinal illness can be extremely dangerous, particularly for elderly guests.
- Overboard Accidents—Overboard accidents can occur when a passenger is over served alcohol by the cruise ship bartender, railings are either not to code or are not in functioning order, or when rough seas necessitate passengers being kept off the deck (and the cruise ship did not take this safety precaution). Additional negligence can occur if the cruise ship did not respond appropriately to an overboard passenger.
Contact a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney
If you are injured in a cruise ship accident, you need to seek medical attention, report the incident to the cruise ship management, and quickly obtain legal assistance. Do not discuss your injuries with the cruise ship in any more detail than necessary, and do not accept a free trip or small sum as an apology for what happened. The cruise ship had a duty of care to ensure that you were well looked after, and they failed in that duty. You should not have to pay for your medical bills and other expenses because of their negligence. Call the Miami cruise ship accident lawyer at Spencer Morgan Law today at 305-423-3800 to schedule a free consultation.