Cruise ship travel is extremely popular in the United States. Such travel
doesn’t have to only be for far off destinations. For example, many
Poughkeepsie, New York residents enjoy Hudson River cruises. Additionally, our
experienced Poughkeepsie cruise ship accident attorneys know that cruise ship accidents are about many different issues and not
just about collisions or sinking.
While these do exist,
cruise ship accidents also involve grounding of the vessel. There have also been explosions
and fires. Additionally, cruise ship staff can become distracted or reckless;
not paying attention at the helm and or to pilot cabin systems and warnings.
Other cruise ship “accidents” involve assaults committed by
crew members. If the cruise ship company knew, or should have known, that
the employee had a history or propensity for committing the harm that
was eventually committed, the company can be liable for the employee’s
assault upon the passenger. But also, the company can be held liable in
some situations were a passenger assaulted another passenger.
On board illnesses has also been the subject of litigation. Such is typically
the stomach flu and food poisoning, but could be any type of norovirus.
Other illnesses have spread on cruise ships, such as legionnaire’s
disease, salmonella poisoning, and various respiratory illnesses. These
types of illnesses illustrate how cruise liners need to thoroughly keep
water supplies clean and food surfaces clean. Additionally, ship food
service staff must keep kitchen conditions sanitary and properly prepare food.
Specific cases of collisions involve cruise ships running into container ships and collisions with piers. Accidents have
occurred between cruise ships and fishing ships as well. It seems that
if something can be hit by a cruise liner, it has been hit; whether reef,
rock, boat, pier, or iceberg.
There is no specific and complete list of what can go wrong on a cruise
ship. But what can be said with certainty is that cruise liner companies
owe passengers a duty to keep them safe from preventable and foreseeable
harm. Once the
cruise ship company breaches this duty and the breach causes a person’s injury, the responsible party can
be held liable for any resultant damages. The damages aren’t limited
to that which happened on the boat; any loss that occurred because of
the negligently caused injury is compensable, even if the damages arose
after getting off of the cruise ship.
Also keep in mind that where there is smoke, there is usually fire. What
we mean is that some accidents should have been prevented, so while an
illness may seem fortuitous, there may actually be a larger problem. You
shouldn’t expect the
cruise line company to admit negligence; rather, a seasoned and experienced attorney would have to investigate
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