What to do After A Cruise Ship Accident
When we think of cruises, the fun associated with them is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Relaxation, great food, swimming, and onshore excursions are just a few of the things that most think of when it comes to cruises. Though they might be a haven for fun, cruise ships are immune to accidents.
Various accidents can spoil the fun of a cruise. However, many accidents on a cruise ship have one thing in common: a cruise ship operator and its staff could have taken steps to prevent them. From slip and fall accidents to assault, cruise ship operators have a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of their customers.
Common causes of cruise ship accidents include:
- Poor maintenance
- Slip and fall hazards
- A lack of security
- Food safety lapses
Steps to Take After a Cruise Ship Accident
Regardless of what type of accident you might experience on a cruise ship, it’s essential to know the steps that you should take after one happens. First, you should immediately report the incident to the cruise ship staff. If you require medical attention, a cruise ship’s crew must make sure that you receive it. A failure to provide passengers with the medical care they need is unacceptable under any circumstance.
Document the Accident
Importantly, try to document your situation as much as possible. You or someone with you should take pictures of your injuries and what caused them. If possible, take photos of the issue before the staff has a chance to fix the problem and never rely on them to document the incident for you.
Be Wary of Cruise Ship Injury Statements
Next, be wary of what you say or sign. Often, cruise ships will provide injured passengers with something frequently called a cruise ship injury statement. While you should always be honest, keep in mind that this statement will serve as a critical part of a case, should you decide to pursue legal options against a cruise company for negligence.
These forms are designed by a cruise company’s legal team to help minimize or eliminate their liability after an accident. Don’t provide any information you are not certain about and never sign anything saying that the accident wasn’t the fault of the cruise operator or the ship’s crew.
Contact Arnold & Itkin After a Cruise Accident
If you’ve sustained injuries from a cruise accident, call the lawyers at Arnold & Itkin today. Our cruise ship accident lawyers have recovered billions for clients and have extensive experience with helping those who’ve sustained offshore injuries. We’ll guide you through your legal options and will fight to hold the parties responsible for your suffering accountable.
We’re ready to help you discover your options when you call us at (888) 346-5024. Consultation is free and only collect fees after we’ve won results in a case.