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Were you injured on your dream holiday?
Did you trip or fall while on a cruise ship?
Did you get food poisoning while on a cruise?
Were you injured in an accident while participating in an on-shore activity?
Did you sustain an injury while boarding or disembarking a ship?
On Board Accidents
If you have been involved in an accident on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to significant compensation for the injuries and expenses you have incurred, even if your accident did not occur in Australia. Cruise ship accidents are more common than you might imagine. When an accident occurs while on a cruise line, your first response might be shock and trying to process the circumstance. However, any cruise ship company, even International cruises, must abide by certain health and safety standards. Unfortunately, cruise ship injuries are more common than you might realise. Negligence to provide basic safety may result in an injured person. As cruise ship accident lawyers, our legal team can provide expert legal advice on cruise ship accidents.
You may have rights under the ticket you bought, your holiday package, or the insurance held by the cruise ship. The team at Wyatts Compensation Lawyers will consider all possibilities when helping you claim the compensation you deserve for your personal injury. Our legal practice has expertise in personal injury law, compensation law and the legal process that comes with cruise ship accidents. Maritime law can become confusing very quickly, that’s why it matters who represents you.
If you need a cruise ship accident lawyer, Wyatts specialise in cruise ship accident claims where people are injured in unusual situations. Our thorough, attentive and personalised approach means that we can find ways to secure maximum compensation in exceptional circumstances – representing clients with atypical cases. Furthermore, we act for injured people who live in Australia, and overseas. Wyatts can help you with your personal injury and public liability compensation claims. As a law firm, we have the legal skills necessary to gather evidence of your accident.
If you’ve been injured, firstly seek medical attention. Any cruise, especially major cruise lines, should have medical staff to care for both passengers and staff. This will also provide a record of your health and any injuries sustained. Just be aware, that when you are injured in international waters or in a foreign country, Medicare won’t cover the costs, so you will be billed. Apart from treatment, the injury should be reported to the cruise line staff. We suggest that you make a written report that details how, when and where the accident happened. You will want to take photos to document the accident. Once you leave the cruise, it’s highly improbable that you will have access to the ship again. Cruise ship accident claims require as many details as possible.
Below are some of the many injuries faced by cruise line passengers due to negligence.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents happen on cruises a lot. An employee may not have been able to clean up a mess quickly enough if drinks have been spilt on the floors. Cruise ships might have rough water or they may not warn passengers of impending waves or other hazards. Several non-advised hazards may make passengers fall or slip during their cruise. Fall accidents can lead to significant medical expenses. Cruise ship injury claims for slip and fall accidents require the attention of an experienced lawyer.
Unsanitary food preparations and storage might lead to food poisoning while on a cruise ship. There are many ways food handling might lead to food poisoning. A kitchen crew might have failed to follow sanitary measures such as proper hand washing or they used spoiled food or engaged in cross-contamination that resulted in bacterial formation. All of these circumstances might fall under negligence. This is where you need an expert team. The negligence of the ship must be proved in relation to the food poisoning event. Cruise lines must follow food standards and safety for the sake of cruise passengers and crew members alike. If negligence is proven, you would be entitled to cruise ship accident compensation.
Swimming Pool Accidents
If your accident occurred while in a swimming pool at a cruise ship from improper maintenance of the pool, you might be able to make a personal injury claim against the cruise company. The pools on these ships need to be cleaned and maintained properly to avoid such accidents. The Wyatts legal team can help you figure out if you have a case against the cruise line. Swimming pool accidents can lead to serious injuries. This is where it’s crucial for cruise ship passengers to understand their rights.
An infection might be the result of an injury you sustained on the cruise. Apart from food poisoning, other unsanitary conditions on the ship might lead to an infection. If the staff did not take precautions to avoid an outbreak and you became sick, they might be held liable. Infections can be serious, so if you contracted an infection while on a cruise, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Cruise ships offer different excursions in various ports. However, these excursions might be dangerous without proper instructions and guidelines followed. If the company did not take the necessary precautions or provide adequate safety measures, an injury is likely to happen. Injuries while on shore excursions occur due to a lack of safety gear and other hazards.
Sexual Assault and Rape
These are some of the most harrowing experiences that could happen to someone on a cruise ship. It is the duty of the cruise line to provide adequate security so that the well-being of all passengers is secured. An individual might face an assault by other passengers or crew members. There are many legal issues that come with the territory of sexual assault, as it is a highly serious offence. A cruise ship accident attorney will help you understand the implications of this matter. Regardless of whether the incident occurred in Australian waters or not, international law still protects you.
You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have:
- Slipped on a wet or dirty floor
- Tripped down a set of stairs
- Been injured during an onboard activity
- Hurt yourself when getting on or off the ship or a tender vessel
- Been injured in an accident during an on-shore activity
- Fallen ill due to food poisoning
- Been struck down by an infectious disease
Try to get as much information as possible while you are still on board. The ship will leave for another port, which makes it difficult for us to inspect the area or arrange for an expert to conduct testing. Take photos of the accident area, get the contact details of witnesses, and make a formal incident report (and get a copy of it!).
If you are unsure what do to, call us on 1800 773 880 or contact us online right away and we will put your mind at ease.
When you return home, call us for a free consultation over the phone, make an appointment at one of our convenient office locations, or we can come to you.
In the meantime, feel free to enjoy the rest of your holiday as much as possible, and rest assured that Wyatts will expertly handle your claim and fight for your rights.
Each case is different but in general, compensation can cover:
- Medical treatment and rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of income
- The use of support services, including in-home care and domestic support
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of holiday enjoyment
Wyatts Helps You Get Back On Track
Wyatts Compensation Lawyers is one of Sydney’s most experienced personal injury and compensation legal firms. Our highly-qualified and dedicated team has more than 150 years of combined experience – so you know that you will have the best people by your side. At Wyatts, our commitment is to offer every client a comprehensive, personalised and attentive service. We understand that you are more than a “case number” and we will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve.
We Listen. We Care. We Represent You.