Common Kinds of Cruise Ship Accidents
For many people, cruise ships offer enjoyable vacation experiences on large vessels in the open water. Nobody expects a trip on a cruise line to involve suffering a serious injury.
Unfortunately, many people are injured every year on board cruise ships because of the negligence of a vessel’s staff or owner. Victims in such cases can be entitled to compensation.
Were you seriously injured or was your loved one killed on a cruise line? It will be important for you to contact the Law Firm of Tawni Takagi represents at (310) 954-7248 as soon as possible.
Cruise Ship Activities
When a cruise ship docks, it may offer various “shore excursion” activities. Several people automatically assume cruise lines oversee these activities.
Instead, victims are often told that the parties overseeing these activities are independent contractors. Cruise lines frequently use this claim to deny liability for injuries, but they could still be responsible for a failure to warn passengers of the dangers involved.
Slip and Fall Accidents on Cruise Lines
Undoubtedly one of the most frequent types of incidents passengers on cruise ships are injured in concerns slips and falls on cruise lines. Because vessels are on the water, staff needs to be particularly aware of the possible slippery decks and staircases to avoid these types of accidents.
When a cruise line fails to correct slick surfaces immediately, it often results in people having these types of accidents. The nature of injuries suffered can be surprisingly severe, and some victims may be unable to recover fully.
Not all slip and fall accidents necessarily involve wet floors or surfaces either. In some cases, people may suffer similar injuries in accidents caused by unexpected holes, loose floorboards, or other hazards that cause falls.
Other Kinds of Cruise Line Accidents
In addition to the pair of accidents mentioned above, some of the other common causes of cruise ship injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Assault by passenger or employee
- Food poisoning
- Falling objects
- Swimming pool accidents
- Escalator or elevator accidents
- Legionnaires’ Disease
Another type of injury claim stemming from some cruise line injuries concerns medical malpractice when a person receives inadequate medical care from a doctor on board a vessel. Again, cruise ships will still try and dodge liability for claims relating to these injuries, and it is crucial for victims to have experienced legal representation familiar with handling these types of claims.
Find a Lawyer in Los Angeles
If you were severely injured or your loved one was killed in an accident on a cruise line, you will want to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. The Law Firm of Tawni Takagi helps both residents of and visitors to communities in and around Los Angeles.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorney will work tirelessly to make sure all negligent parties in your case are held fully accountable. Call (310) 954-7248 or contact us online to have our firm review your case and discuss all of your legal options.