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Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Cruise Ship Accidents | 0 comments

Liability for Cruise Ship Injuries

Liability for accidents on a cruise ship can depend on was negligent. Laws regarding personal injuries are pretty much the same in accidents that occur in cruise ships as those that happen on land. Passengers who have been injured while on a trip on a cruise ship can file a personal injury claim against the cruise ship when they can prove that the action of inaction of the crew of the cruise ship were the reason that the accident occurred. They can be held liable for the injuries and damages that occurred because of the accident.

Many passengers on cruise ships tend to shrug off instances where they slip, trip or fall on the staircases of cruise ships. They tend to believe these are mere accidents that occur when in a cruise ship; however, there are a number of ways that these staircases can be dangerous to the passengers. Among the situations that can lead to slip or trip and fall accidents are:

  • The step being too shallow or the rises (the height of every step) have different or varying heights,
  • No handrails, badly-designed handrails or handrails that were made to curve away from the stairs towards the bottom of the staircase,
  • Foreign objects or substances that should be on the staircase are present (water, slippery substance, or any blockages).

Falling down and injuring yourself when going up or down the staircase are frequently set aside as usual accidents, nevertheless this should not be automatically the case in very accident. In order to determine whether you have a personal injury claim against the cruise ship or its crew, you can talk to a cruise ship accident lawyer and hire the help of safety expert or even a naval architect to decide whether the staircase complies with the safety standards and safe ship design practices that are required for cruise ships.

Negligence refers to the failure to act in a reasonable way or with reasonable care. It is important for you and your cruise ship accident lawyer to prove in court that the accident and resulting injuries from the staircase slip and fall accident was due to the cruise ship’s negligence and not your own.

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