Although Florida is famous for being the perfect place to go on a cruise, many passengers suffer serious injuries every year due to cruise ship accidents. Cruise lines are in constant competition with each other, as they continue to build elaborate swimming pools, water slides, wave pools, and other aquatic activities which can lead to various types of injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured at a cruise ship’s pool, it is important that you understand your legal rights to seek compensation to pay for your medical expenses and other damages. Discussing your situation with an experienced lawyer may be critical to pursue the fair amount of compensation you may deserve.
At the law office of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers, our licensed lawyers have a wealth of legal experience, which includes in-depth knowledge of local and state maritime laws. We know what it takes to hold cruise lines liable for any damages you may have sustained such as medical bills, lost wages from missing work, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call our firm today to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your injury claim.
Below we will discuss the more common types of injuries often sustained at a cruise ship’s pool and some ways a cruise line could be held accountable. Even if you share some fault for your injury, you may still be able to hold the cruise company liable for partial compensation.
Cruise Ship Pool Injuries
While there may be various ways a swimmer can be injured at a cruise ship’s pool area, some of the more common injuries that tend to occur are:
Bruises and lacerations – Cuts, scrapes, bruises, and lacerations are all common injuries often sustained in cruise ship accidents. These injuries can be the result of many different activities in and around aquatic areas. For example, water slides and wave pools can often cause participants to bump into walls, floors, or other people. Although some cuts and bruises may not seem severe at first, some injuries can worsen over time, which is why it is important to be examined by a medical professional immediately.
Broken bones and fractures – Slippery surfaces in and around wet areas have been known to cause serious slip and fall accidents, which can result in fractured or broken bones. Serious bone breaks could lead to expensive surgeries and months of recovery and rehabilitation. This could cause loss of income from missing work. Learning your legal rights to seek compensation may be necessary to recover these financial losses.
Spinal cord damage – When the spinal cord is damaged in a cruise ship accident, the results can be devastating. Diving into a pool, going down a water slide, and slamming into a wall in the wave pool, can all be ways that a serious spinal cord injury can occur. Severe cases can lead to multiple surgeries, long-term physical therapy, intense pain and suffering, disability, and sometimes paralysis.
Head injuries – Serious damage to the head area can be a life-changing experience for some. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) have been known to cause minor episodes of confusion and amnesia, while more serious TBI’s can lead to loss of vision, nerve damage, concussions, loss of function, paralysis, and even death. Having a reputable attorney for this type of injury is highly advised to help you pursue the compensation you may need for a healthy recovery.
Falls from water slides and other features – While most water slides are safe, injuries are nearly inevitable. Because there are no restraints such as a seatbelt in a vehicle or rollercoaster, our bodies are more likely to sustain some type of damage while riding a water slide or swimming in a wave pool. Falling from high areas can cause debilitating injuries that can result in many of the above-mentioned injuries and more. The cruise line could be held liable if it is determined that the area was unsafe at the time of the accident.
Drowning accidents – Although swimming pools and other aquatic activities on cruise ships can be a fun way to keep cool when the weather heats up, they can also be dangerous for participants, especially when alcohol is involved. Although young children make up nearly half of all drowning or submersion accident victims, anyone can struggle in the deep end at times, and the results can sometimes be fatal. Property owners are held to certain safety standards that must be met to help prevent drowning accidents. If it is found that the cruise line was negligent in upholding its duty of care and you or your loved one was hurt in a cruise ship pool accident, financial compensation could be available to cover the sustained damages.
Learn Your Rights to Pursue Compensation
Pursuing the full and fair amount of compensation you deserve from a cruise ship accident can be difficult without the help of a legal professional who has experience working with these types of cases. Accident victims who choose to represent themselves without the help of a licensed attorney usually have difficulty obtaining fair compensation, as opposed to those who decide to hire an attorney. The main reason for this is because the legal process can often be complex, especially when cruise ships often travel to other countries where the laws may be different.
If you or a loved one was injured in a cruise ship accident, a qualified attorney at the law firm of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers can help you learn your legal options in a no-cost, initial consultation. There is no obligation needed and your information is always kept private, so there is no risk in discussing your injury claim with one of our legal professionals today.
Our firm has handled more than 6,000 cases combined, while helping our clients recover over $100 million in successful verdicts and settlements. Our phone lines are open 24/7, or you can chat with one of our friendly online representatives.
The reputable lawyers at the law office of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of injury victims in the Boynton Beach area and throughout the state of Florida (by appointment only). Learn how you can file a claim against the cruise line to help pay for medical bills, lost wages after missing work, physical pain, and mental and emotional suffering.
Call Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers today at (561) 800-8000 or fill out a free online form.