A cruise can be fun and exciting for everyone in the family, but it can also be a place where accidents and injuries occur. Between wet floors that can lead to slip and fall injuries, diseases that spread due to lack of sanitation in cabins and in the cruise ship’s kitchen, and even assailants committing crimes that often involve violence, cruise lines can become a breeding grounds for people to get hurt. Each maritime lawyer at our firm knows all too well how many people succumb to cruise line accidents on a daily basis, so we encourage passengers to stay as safe as possible to prevent injuries from occurring. Yet, we also know that sometimes some accidents are unavoidable, no matter how much you try to stay safe, so here are some tips for you to take into account in preventing an injury and getting help for one after the incident.
Before A Cruise Ship Accident Takes Place:
Prevention is key when avoiding cruise ship accidents. While no one likes to over pack, it’s important to bring with you an emergency kit with bandages, antiseptics, gauze, and other first-aid equipment so you can treat a minor cut or bruise quickly. It is also a wise idea to bring a flash light and batteries with you to use when you are walking around the ship at night.
While it might seem like an extra precaution, it can be a good idea to bring a mask with you onboard your cruise. With the recent Norovirus and Meningitis outbreaks, you can never be too careful when it comes to staying safe – and healthy – during your cruise vacation. Use your mask if you hear of any outbreaks to reduce your chance of becoming sick. Some cruise lines now provide sanitation gel stations throughout the ship, but you should also consider bringing some of your own.
In addition, it is a good idea to bring a small notebook with you in case you do get into an accident, so you can jot down everything that happened for legal reference later. Our maritime law firm recently launched a convenient “Cruise Ship Lawyer” free app for iPhone and Android users, which includes logs to keep track of accidents and costs, allows you to take pictures and document them for your cruise accident claim, and even comes with a built-in flashlight in case you forget to bring one.
After A Cruise Ship Accident Occurs:
All these things can help prevent an accident, but when a cruise injury does take place, there are some steps you can follow to ensure your rights are protected. First of all, report the incident to cruise ship authorities. If you suffered an injury, seek help from the cruise doctor on board immediately. If they do not have the sufficient equipment to provide you with the medical attention you need, the cruise line must make reasonable efforts to have you transferred to the closest adequate medical facility possible.
If the accident or injury was due to a crime, including assault and battery, cruise ship rape, or any other violent incident, make sure the cruise operators contact the FBI and contact one of our cruise accident lawyers through your Cruise Ship Lawyer app. Make sure you document every detail of the incident so you have evidence to support your case. Then once you get on land, we can help you set up a cruise accident claim. Our maritime lawyers have over 80 years of combined experience in the field and work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering and other losses. If you have already suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a cruise accident, contact us today to discuss your options in filing a case and to protect your rights.