Thousands of people go on cruises each year to relax, spend time with family and friends, and see new and exciting parts of the world. While most people come home safely with great memories to last them a lifetime, some people suffer serious cruise ship injuries or illness due to a cruise-related incident. Here are some of the most common issues experienced by cruise ship passengers:
- Food poisoning – Buffet dining on a cruise ship requires passengers to serve themselves food and eat their food near other passengers in confined spaces. As a result, cruise passengers may experience foodborne illnesses caused by salmonella, E. coli, and norovirus.
- Slip-and-falls – Slippery ship decks combined with large groups of people can cause passengers to slip-and-fall while walking around the ship. Some passengers may even trip and fall overboard.
- Collisions – A ship may collide with another ship or other debris while out at sea, causing passengers to be thrown about the ship.
- Legionnaires – Cruise ship hot tubs and swimming pools that are not properly cleaned can be a hot bed for legionella, a germ that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
Passengers can recover damages by proving negligence
Cruise ship companies have a duty to cruise ship passengers to properly maintain cruise ships to ensure passenger safety. When cruise ship companies and their employees do their jobs properly, many of the above experiences can be avoided. However, if a cruise ship company breaches its duty to its passengers and that breach causes a passenger to suffer injuries or illness, it may be liable for the passenger’s injuries and illnesses under the theory of negligence.
Failing to properly train employees, failing to maintain cleanliness, failing to repair dangerous conditions, and failing to follow food safety rules are all common forms of cruise ship negligence. If your cruise caused you injury or illness, a maritime attorney can help you establish negligence and recover compensation from the cruise ship company and other parties who are liable for your damages.