Injured on a Cruise Ship? Follow These Steps Afterwards
You’ve been injured on a cruise ship, and you don’t know what steps to take to ensure that your legal rights are upheld. Everyone goes on a cruise ship with the intent of having fun, but accidents can happen and injuries do occur.
There are two main types of cruise ship injuries that could occur:
- Crewmembers may cause the injury.
- Paying passengers may cause the injury.
It’s important to note that the cruise ship is not responsible for the actions of its passengers. They may be responsible for taking the appropriate action, but they cannot be held responsible for another person’s action that they were unaware of when the injury occurred.
Depending on the circumstance, different procedures will have to take place to protect your legal rights.
A passenger that is injured on the ship may or may not be able to bring a claim against the ship owner for the injuries sustained. The claim will be based around negligence, and you’ll have to prove – in court – that this negligence resulted in your injuries. The elements of negligence for cruise ship injury will include:
- The ship owner had a duty to you as a passenger.
- The legal duty was breached.
- The breach resulted in a passenger injury.
- The injured passenger must be able to prove that the injury resulted in damages.
And, if the person injured isn’t a worker for the cruise ship, the worker may have a legal claim under what is known as the Jones Act. This act is in place to protect the rights of seamen injured due to the negligence of the ship owner or the employer.
Remember, the owner of the ship is not always liable for the actions of his employees. There must’ve been negligence on the part of the owner that resulted in injury. For example, if the employer employed personnel that is known to be combative or has a history of violence, this may be considered a negligent act.
You can also be injured due to the negligence of the doctors and medical staff on the ship. There are so many variables that go into an injury claim on a cruise ship. For this reason, it’s important to speak to an attorney about your situation and pursue your claim with expert counsel.
Cruise Ship Accident Attorney in Louisiana
If you have been injured on a cruise ship, you may be entitles to compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney at Waitz & Downer, and schedule your free initial consultation. (985) 876-0870