What could be more fun than a cruise ship vacation into the paradise islands
of the Caribbean? At the same time, what could be more frustrating than
suffering a debilitating injury due to someone else’s negligence
while on that cruise? With cruise ships averaging around 2,000 to 3,000
passengers at a time, it is not a surprise that dangerous
cruise ship accidents occur frequently.
If you have been hurt while aboard a cruise, you need to know these five
useful tips to prove liability. Otherwise, you could be paying for your
recovery costs out of your own pocket.
1. A Few for the Photo Album
If you are on a cruise, there is a good chance that you brought a camera
of some sort, including the one in your phone. Even though it was meant
to snap photos of the sights, it is vital that you capture pictures of
your injury and the scene of the accident – your entire case could
hinge on these images.
2. With That Many People Around…
Someone must have witnessed your accident, assuming you were not in your
private quarters. Don’t hesitate to ask other passengers what they
saw. If you were at port when it happened, you can even ask local authorities
for testimonies if they are called to the scene.
3. The Crew Are Passengers, Too
Many people forget that crewmembers are literally all on the same boat
as you. If you have been injured, odds are they will want to help you
out in any way they can, including providing evidence on your behalf.
They, more than most people on board, understand what it can feel like
to be hurt far away from home and will probably want to assist you.
4. The High Risk of High Water
Many cruise ship accidents can originate from unsafe weather conditions,
such as storms that generate large waves or unreasonably dangerous chop.
If the captain and controllers of the cruise ship itself do not react
appropriately to the sea’s behavior, they unfairly put everyone
on their vessel at risk of serious injury.
5. Keep Your Ticket
There are two reasons you should be sure to hold onto your ticket after
you have been hurt aboard a cruise ship. One: it can be used as proof
that you were actually on the cruise. Two: the cruise line will often
print legal contracts on the back of them that outline liability requirements.
Bringing this to court could give you a solid advantage in your case.
No matter how you were injured, if it happened aboard a cruise ship, you
should not have to worry about paying your own medical bills. Cruise line
companies have vast amounts of insurance at their disposal that they can
use to take care of you; it is just a matter whether or of not they want
to. When you come to a Miami cruise ship injury lawyer from Cassidy &
Black, P.A. for legal advocacy, you will be supported by a legal team
with a complete focus on maritime law and injury cases, including two
Board Certified attorneys. Take advantage of our dedication and experience by
contacting us today.