What are Common Cruise Ship Injuries?

Cruises are a popular vacation option, and summer is a busy time for cruise lines. While a cruise can be a great way to relax and unwind, accidents and personal injuries can happen on board. Oftentimes, these injuries are a direct result of the negligence of the cruise line. In some cases, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries that occurred aboard the cruise.

Here are some common cruise ship injuries to be aware of on your next cruise:

  • Slip and fall injuries. A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that nearly 45% of all injuries aboard cruise ships and 70% of those that occurred ashore were caused by slip and falls.
  • Food poisoning. In 2014, a Royal Caribbean ship had to return to his port early after 600 passengers and crew suffered gastrointestinal illness. The reported cause was norovirus, which is contracted by consuming contaminated foods.
  • Assault. Unfortunately, sexual assaults are the most common crime committed on cruise ships. To make matters worse, these incidents often happen in international waters, and criminals can end up never facing punishment. Remember that any assault is a crime and should be reported to the appropriate authorities. No matter where the assault occurred, an experienced attorney can help you hold the attacker accountable.
  • Swimming pool accidents. Cruise ships often have swimming pools on board, and unfortunately, accidents can happen there. If a pool on board is dangerous because of lack of maintenance, or if the cruise line failed to provide adequate supervision, the cruise line could be liable for resulting injuries.

If you are injured on a cruise ship, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. Get the treatment you need to recover from your injuries. You should then meet with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case, to determine what legal options you have. Cruise lines often use waivers and fine print to protect themselves from liability if passengers are injured. However, in cases of negligence, cruise lines can still be held responsible for passengers’ injuries.

“Suffering an injury is probably the last thing anyone expects to happen on a cruise—yet it is a very real possibility. If you have been injured while on a cruise, consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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