Taking a cruise is viewed by many New Yorkers as the ideal way to escape their everyday stresses and the industry is booming. As cruise ships grow in size with more cabins, waterslides, rock walls, dance clubs, restaurants and other features, the risk of passenger injuries also seems to increase. Statistic Brain states that since 1979, 172 passengers have died on these floating hotels and 55 ships have sunk. Additionally, thousands of people have suffered some type of injury while on board.
The condition of an 8-year-old boy is uncertain after he was flown to a hospital in Staten Island. The boy was on a cruise ship that had just left port in New Jersey when he was injured in a pool. There was no information on how the accident happened, so it is unknown whether the boy slipped and fell into the water, or if he hit his head.
Medical professionals on the ship cared for the boy after he was found – it was not stated whether the boy was conscious or not. The cruise line, Royal Caribbean, stated that it is providing support to the boy’s family. The ship was setting out to the Caribbean and Bermuda for nine days when the accident occurred.
When passengers are injured on a cruise ship, they may be left with unexpected hospital costs. They might also lose income, creating financial hardship. However, the law gives passengers the right to seek financial compensation. They, therefore, may find it worthwhile to meet with an attorney experienced in handling such cases.
Source: ABC News, “Boy, 8, Medevaced From Royal Caribbean Ship After Pool Accident,” Tom Liddy and David Caplan, July 1, 2016