Sustaining injuries by trips and slips on a ship’s deck or stairs could mean you are entitled to make a personal injury claim against the ship’s operator.
Claiming after trips and slips on a ship’s deck or stairs
How and when to claim compensation for injuries by trips and slips on a ship’s deck or stairs depends on:
- Who the tour operator is
- Where the journey started/ended
If, for instance, you were injured by tripping or slipping aboard a cruise ship that departed from and ended up at a UK port, you would claim under the terms and conditions of the Athens Convention. In this case, your claim must be initiated within two years of your trip or slip injury and the operator will automatically be presumed to be at fault (liable for your accidental injury) unless they can prove that someone else was responsible for your injury on a ship.
If on the other hand, your slip or trip happened on a ship that departed from a foreign port, you can claim if:
- The operator was a company in the UK
- The ship did not stop off at in-between ports
- Your slip or trip injury happened within the last three years
Claims made under these circumstances are made under the terms and conditions of the Package Travel Regulations from 1992, which means here, you are required to prove that the operator was responsible for your personal injury.
Proving that an operator was responsible for an injury by slipping or tripping necessitates gathering of evidence to support your claim. Supporting evidence may include:
- Photos of the scene of your slip, trip or fall
- Photos and documentation (medical records) of your injury, its extent and any treatment/medication you required to aid recovery
- Witness statements (these must include witnesses’ names and current contact information)
- Statements by attending first aid/medical personnel
- Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses (medical bills, transport costs)
If you also intend to claim for loss of earnings, pay slips and/or bank statements must also be provided.
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Date Published: February 21, 2017
Author: Accident Advice