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Passengers may not suspect how many dangers lurk on cruise ships

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2021 | Blog, Cruise Ship Injuries

Many people enjoy pleasure cruises in exotic locations or fishing charters in the waters near New York. The ship operators hosting you on a voyage have a legal responsibility to provide you with a reasonably safe environment. They need to warn you about hazards and keep the vessel in good condition. They must also maintain hygiene standards to limit the risk of food poisoning or the spread of infection disease. Despite the rules, some operators fail to protect passengers from injuries or illnesses that could have been avoided.

Cruise ship injury hazards

The recreational activities included on large cruise ships can present hazards that lead to injured passengers. Slip and fall accidents around swimming pools, poorly lit steps or dance floors can inflict musculoskeletal injuries or head trauma. Inadequate railings on decks can leave passengers vulnerable to falling overboard, which can easily result in death. At times, a crew’s inability or unwillingness to control unruly or drunken passengers has allowed innocent people to suffer assaults.

A personal injury claim may be appropriate if you were injured on a cruise ship. You should be aware that laws differ for incidents at sea. You may need to make your boat injury claim quickly.

Gastrointestinal viruses

You may have heard about outbreaks of norovirus on cruise ships. This unpleasant virus inflicts gastrointestinal distress that will ruin your vacation. Cruise ships are prone to spreading this virus because it thrives in crowded conditions. Many cruise ships pack thousands of people into small quarters.

Negligence and recovery of damages

A ship operator that fails to address safety problems or handle food in a sanitary manner has been negligent. To recover compensation for your injuries, you will need to gather evidence that proves how an action or inaction constituted a breach of the owner’s duty of care to its passengers and that such breach was the proximate cause of your harm.