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Going Overboard: What Happens When A Passenger Falls

 

When you go on a cruise, you’re supposed to have a fun and relaxing time, making memories with friends and family. The last thing anyone expects is for an accident or injury to occur while on a cruise – or for someone to fall overboard.

However, overboard accidents do occur each and every year to both those who are guests on the cruise and those who work for the cruise line. In many cases, overboard accidents are the fault of the cruise line.

When is the cruise line at fault, and who is ultimately liable when someone goes overboard? Read on to find out.

The Duty of Care

The cruise lines you cruise with, and that some work for, owe

Are There Reasons Not to Go on a Cruise?

Cruises, just like any other vacation, have their list of pros and cons. Most people tend to focus on the positive things about a vacation they’re planning, but only focusing on the positives may be doing yourself a disservice.

While you don’t want to get bogged down in all the rabbit holes of what can go wrong on a cruise ship or on a cruise in general, it’s important to consider the reasons why a cruise vacation may not be the right type of trip for you and your family – beyond simply the destinations. You have to take into account what you should do if you get hurt while on your cruise, because there are special laws that dictate

Cruise Personal Injury: How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?

Cruising is big business. People just love to cruise, as evidenced by how much more popular cruising is now than it was just 15 years ago.

In the last decade, the number of people cruising has doubled, and over 30 million people cruise each year. To meet this increased demand, cruise lines have built humongous ships that can hold thousands of passengers and crew members. This has led to an increased number of injuries aboard cruise ships for passengers and crew members alike.

If you are injured on a cruise ship, there’s a lot to grapple with, including how to file a lawsuit and how much time you have to do it. Here is what you need to know if

Avoid These Risks On Your Next Cruise

Many people love cruising. For every person with a lot of experience onboard these massive cities on the sea, there’s someone who is brand new to the world of cruising.

Vacations onboard a cruise ship are a great opportunity to relax and get a little rest, but one mistake could undermine your plans for a relaxing vacation. Sure, you can plan what you should do when on your cruise, but most people don’t make a plan for what they should not do.

Here are some of the most important things not to do on a cruise that will help keep you safe – physically and legally!

Forgetting Your Research

Booking a cruise may seem easy online, but you should really

Will Cruise Be Held Liable for Woman’s Fall From Balcony?

Vacations aboard cruise ships are supposed to be fun, secure, and safe, but they don’t always work out that way. What was supposed to be a relaxing escape can quickly turn into a nightmare scenario that impacts on the rest of your life.

Recently, a woman vacationing on a Carnival cruise ship fell overboard. While nothing official has been released, many who were aboard the ship at the time of the incident suspect foul play was involved. The Coast Guard called off the search and it may never be known what happened to the woman. What is known is what can happen if security is negligent, and the cruise is liable for something that happens to a passenger.

Here’s what

Common Shore Excursion Accidents to Watch Out For

One of the most exciting things about cruising is exploring ports all over the world. Cruise lines promote shore excursions for guests to go on at all ports of call, allowing for a little adventure. It’s not uncommon to see shore excursions such as horseback riding, parasailing, walking tours, zip-lining, snorkeling, or hiking offered.

However, it’s important to understand that these excursions have their risks. Accidents and injuries can and do happen on shore excursions, and there are several factors that contribute to them. It could simply be an accident, or it could be negligence on behalf of the shore excursion company, cruise line – or both.

What are the most common causes of shore excursion accidents and what should

What You Should Know About Cruise Ship Law

How Common are Accidents on Cruise Ships?

It’s important to remember that there are plenty of dangerous, extreme activities available on cruise ships and on the coastal tourist spots along the way. Between 2005 and 2018,  there were 448 major cruise ship accidents reported. 16 people died in cruise ship accidents between 2005 and 2011.

Recreational equipment failure may be to blame for a large number of cruise ship accidents, but there are plenty of on-board safety concerns, including but not limited to:

    Loss of power resulting in being adrift at sea Fire (101 incidents since 2005) Plumbing issues (bursting pipes, overflowing toilets, etc.) Spread of viruses Improper sanitation Running aground Sinking Crime
Can I Sue the Cruise Line If