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People vacationing on cruises face safety, legal hurdles

Cruise ships are preparing to go back to sea after a long hiatus, but this means that as cruise ships sail, worker and passenger injuries are likely to occur. The following are an overview of cruise ship injuries and what makes these types of legal cases unique.

What types of injuries can a cruise ship passenger suffer?

There are a variety of injuries a cruise ship passenger can suffer. Slipping on a wet deck or torn carpeting is only the start of the issue. Cruise ship attractions can malfunction, causing injuries. Sexual assault and rape can occur. People can fall overboard. And, on board people can get into physical altercations, or can be attacked on land at ports of call. As this shows, cruise ships may not be as safe as they may seem.

Maritime law applies to cruise ship cases

When it comes to injuries suffered at sea, once a cruise ship departs the U.S., federal maritime law applies. This means that tort claims are bound by basic principles of negligence law. This means that the plaintiff must show the cruise ship owed them a duty to protect against the harm at issue, which was breached, actually and proximately caused harm and the plaintiff suffered damages. However, maritime cases can be highly specific and highly specialized. There are many legal standards and cases can be subjected to a myriad of investigative challenges.

Learn more about maritime law

Cruise ship vacations may be luxurious, but they also pose hazards. Ultimately, this post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want to learn more about cruise ship injuries may find our firm’s website to be a useful resource.