For many of us a holiday on a cruise ship is a once in a lifetime vacation, and we look forward to it, never expecting to have an accident that may make us ask the question, ‘Can I claim for an injury on a cruise ship?’ The answer might be ‘Yes’.
A cruise ship can be a very safe place but it can also present plenty of opportunities for accidents. Most modern cruise ships have a wide variety of facilities and activities, several of them physical, such as rock climbing walls, fitness centres, sports courts and swimming pools, and it is the duty of the company to ensure that participants using these facilities are able to do so safely. There are usually plenty of crew around to make sure that all the on-board entertainments are working correctly and continually meet with regulations, and there are people cleaning up to ensure that there are no safety hazards, such as drink spillages, on the floors.
However, the nature of accidents is that they are unpredictable and unforeseeable, and they may unfortunately happen. Not only is the accident itself upsetting and can result in ruining the holiday, but its consequences may also take their toll, in the cost of treatment, for example, as well as the possible loss of earnings. A successful claim could not only compensate for the present injury and any future consequences of the accident, but also help to cover the costs of travelling to and from treatment centres such as hospitals, any nursing care that may be required, as well as the loss of wages from being unable to work while the injury heals.
What types of injury are eligible for a claim?
If you have suffered an injury on board a cruise ship, or even while embarking or disembarking, you may be justified in making an injury claim. If you are unsure whether the injury was your own fault or the fault of the cruise ship line, the best thing would be to speak to someone who can advise you. An organisation such as Accident Advice Helpline, for instance. They have a 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 that is entirely free of charge to call, and teams of expert lawyers who are specialists in the field of personal injury claims. They will hear your story, assess whether you have a legitimate cause or reason for making a claim, and advise you as to how successful your claim may be. They even have an online form that you can fill in to begin a claim, and a representative will call you back.
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping victims of negligence receive justice and compensation since 2000, and since then thousands of people have benefited from the compensation they have been able to secure. They work on a no win, no fee* basis, and they will not even ask what your financial situation is, as no money is required to initiate an injury claim.
Date Published: July 25, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident on board a cruise