A recent Washington Post article asks whether or not cruise ships are doing enough to protect passengers and whether existing regulations are strong enough to ensure passenger safety. One passenger, for example, almost drowned in the undertow of a pool on a Carnival cruise ship after going down a large slide. After she desperately cried for help and someone from the staff finally rescued her, Carnival offered her a $100 coupon. If you are injured in any way on a cruise ship – by slipping and falling, by food poisoning or any other illness, or even if you’re injured in the swimming pool, you deserve better than a discount coupon. If you’re hurt on a cruise ship, now or in the future, speak at once with an experienced West Palm Beach premises liability lawyer.
Cruise industry officials have avoided aggressive government regulation by self-regulating and asking the public to trust them. The industry even adopted its own “Passenger Bill of Rights” as a public relations and marketing tool and as a “feel good” measure to appease lawmakers. But with the addition of pool slides, rock walls, sporting activities, amusement park-like rides, and numerous other activities on today’s cruise ships, the chances of a serious injury at sea have increased substantially. Moreover, liability for injuries at sea is often limited by the terms of the cruise ticket, by federal maritime laws, and by the possibility of having to sue in a foreign jurisdiction. The problems are compounded by a lack of adequate medical care aboard many cruise ships.
In the state of Florida, property and business owners are responsible to keep their properties safe from the kinds of hazards that can cause accidents and injuries. If you’re injured on another person’s property because of a property owner’s negligence – a failure to keep the property safe – you may be legally entitled to compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, and other injury-related expenses.
Of course, nothing in the law exempts you from your basic responsibility to look out for yourself. Florida law actually protects property and business owners in some cases where the dangerous condition that has caused an injury was a condition “open and obvious” for all to see. However, don’t ever assume that the reason you were injured was “open and obvious” before talking to an experienced premises liability attorney.
If you’re injured while on a cruise ship, you’re going to need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced premises liability attorney. Seek medical treatment as quickly as possible, then contact a good premises liability lawyer. Keep all medical records and document any injuries that you have by taking pictures if possible. It may be helpful to keep a diary of how you feel on a daily basis so you have proof of your injury’s seriousness. Your attorney will need to gather evidence and witness statements as quickly as possible, while evidence is fresh and memories are still recent. After being injured, if you’re anywhere in the south Florida area, speak at once with an experienced West Palm Beach premises liability attorney.