Cruise Ship Safety
Cruise ships are a great way to visit several destinations in a short period of time. Travelers do not have the hassle of unpacking and packing every time they arrive in a new country as they would if they did a land-based tour. However, traveling by cruise is not without its risks. Hundreds of passengers are injured on cruise ships every year. At Gerson & Schwartz, our Florida cruise ship injury attorneys are experienced in handling these unique personal injury claims.
When you or a loved one are a passenger aboard a cruise ship and are injured due to unsafe conditions or practices of the cruise ship personnel, you need an attorney that has experienced in cruise ship injury law. Cases that involve personal injures aboard cruise ships fall under special state, federal and international laws. These special maritime laws govern cruise ship injuries or wrongful death claims.
Also, the statutes of limitations in which you may file a claim are much shorter than other types of personal injury claims. In some circumstances, you may only have one year from the incident date to file for compensation.
Throughout our years of practice, we have noted measures that passengers may take during their cruises to stay safe. Here are some recommendations from our law firm to help keep you and your family safe while enjoying your cruise ship vacation.
- Follow safety directions - Shortly after you board, you will likely have a safety drill. During the safety drill, you will put on your life jacket and go to a predetermined location on the ship. The cruise ship crew will go over what you need to do and what to expect in the event that there is an emergency on board. Although many passengers laugh at these safety drills, they are crucial in the event that something goes wrong during the cruise. Make sure you know where you are supposed to go in case of an emergency.
- Learn the layout of the ship - As a passenger, it is important that you understand the layout of the cruise ship. Although you will only be on the ship for a few days, knowing the layout of the ship is important for your safety. In case of an emergency, you will be able to quickly locate a crewmember and ask for help.
- Watch your alcohol intake - On a vacation, it is tempting to let loose and have fun. There is no shortage of bars on cruise ships, and most cruise lines allow you to take a limited amount of alcohol on board as well. However, know your limits and stick to them. If you have been drinking, do not go near the railing, and it may be a good idea to stay off of your balcony as well. In rough waters, you may fall overboard if you cannot keep your balance.
- Research your destinations - Whether you sign up for excursions or plan to wander around the port destination, make sure you read about the countries you will be visiting in advance. Make sure you understand which areas are safe so that you do not wander into dangerous areas.
- Sign up for the STEP program - Register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This free service allows American travelers to register their trips in advance with the closest embassy or consulate. If you have an emergency, it will be easier for government officials to help you.
At Gerson & Schwartz, our Miami cruise ship injury attorneys possess the knowledge and experience necessary to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. If you were hurt while cruising, call (877) 475-2905 to schedule a free consultation.