Cruise Ship & Ferry Accidents

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:48 by admin
During the past three decades, almost eighty million people have taken cruise vacations. The cruise industry is the fastest growing segment of the vacation market, and industry leaders plan on constructing over fifty new ships in the coming five years. Simply put, the cruise industry is booming. Combined, the major cruise lines make billions of dollars annually. In spite of this success, many cruise lines have recently come under fire for poor shipboard safety and sanitation practices. Some lines have even admitted to dumping polluted sewage into the very oceans their ships ply. Carnival Cruise Lines experienced several high profile incidents recently including fires aboard the Tropicale and the Ecstasy and allegations of criminal activity (ranging from petty theft to sexual assault) aboard Carnival ships.

Unfortunately, cruise lines have become quite efficient at limiting their liability for these types of incidents through the use of fine print found on passengers' tickets. In this fine print, passengers often unwittingly forfeit the right to determine where potential lawsuits might be adjudicated over to cruise lines.  As a result, many otherwise valid lawsuits are never pursued because of the victim's reluctance to travel back to some areas for trial.

Common shipboard accidents and injuries include:
- injuries caused by shipboard emergencies (fire, collisions, abandonment)
- assault by crew members or fellow passengers
- injuries sustained while participating in planned activities either aboard ship or during shore excursions
- food borne illnesses
- slip-and-fall
- sexual battery (rape) by crew members or fellow passengers

If you have been the victim of ship board crime or you have been seriously injured by a cruise line's negligence, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. 2003 Staten Island Ferry Accident
  2. Injuries and Wrongful Death aboard Airlines, Cruise Ships, Ferries, Buses and Trains
  3. Broken Bones: Overview
  4. Diarrhea: Overview
  5. Dislocation: Overview
  6. Head & Brain Injury Lawyers
  7. Hepatitis: Overview
  8. Joints & Muscles: Overview
  9. Nausea: Overview
  10. Norwalk-Like Viruses / Noroviruses
  11. Poisoning
  12. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Overview
  13. Spinal Cord Injury
  14. Tuberculosis: Overview
  15. Wounds: Overview
  16. Cruise Ship Liability, Frequently Asked Questions
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