In many cases, the injury is caused by the negligence of the crew members or the cruise line. Cruise passengers may suffer assault or sexual battery, become seriously ill while aboard a ship from norovirus, injured by a slip on an unreasonably slippery deck that the management knew or should have known about, or hurt on a shore excursion booked through the vessel. These types of situations entitle you to seek damages from whoever's negligence caused or contributed to the injury.
A cruise passenger has even on occasion fell overboard, or from one part of the vessel to another. These circumstances may lead to the death of the cruise ship passenger in which case, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by the family of the deceased passenger.
What To Do After a Cruise Ship Accident
If you've been injured while aboard a cruise ship, you should take steps to assist in building a successful case from the time you are injured. The following are recommended actions you should take:
- Record evidence of the hazard or code violations that may have caused your injury.
- Take note of whether passengers were warned about a severe weather condition.
- Take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries
- Get details of any witnesses and the crew involved with the accident
- Seek medical treatment for your injuries
- Report the incident to the cruise line management
- Seek assistance from an experienced cruise ship passenger injury lawyer to file your claim.