If you have been on the holiday of a lifetime and climbed aboard a cruise ship, but then had your holiday ruined by an injury, you may be able to make a cruise ship accident claim.
Whenever you take a cruise ship holiday, you are putting yourself in the care of the cruise line operator, who has a duty of care to provide for your health and safety while on board their ship, and to take all possible precautions to protect you. If they fail to do this and you end up having an accident on board which causes you injury, then it may be possible to prove they have been legally negligent and you are entitled to make a claim.
Can you make a claim?
If you have suffered an accident on board a cruise ship, then you may be eligible to make a claim for your injury. Communal walkways and areas are often open to the elements and may become slippery from rain and even ocean spray, and should in these circumstances be sectioned off or at least display signage warning of the possible dangers. The various sporting and leisure activities available on board a cruise ship can be strenuous and can result in joint sprains, bone breaks and fractures, muscle and tendon problems and even head injuries.
If you have suffered an injury such as those mentioned above, or even some other kind of injury, but are not sure whether you are justified in making a claim, then you may benefit from some advice from an organisation such as Accident Advice Helpline. They have a completely free to call and convenient 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 making it easy for you to find out. They have access to a team of expert lawyers who are experienced in cruise ship line operator liability, and who are specialists in the field of personal injury claims.
After listening to your injury story, they will be able to assess whether your injury was due to negligence and was therefore the fault of the cruise line operator. They can then advise you as to whether it would be worth your while pursuing a claim and possibly even predict the size of the compensation payout to which you may be entitled. They work on a no win, no fee* basis and always endeavour to obtain as much compensation as possible.
It is a good idea to take down as many of the details of your accident as possible. These include the date, time and location of the accident and the names of any other party or parties involved. If there are other parties involved, try also to get the name of their insurance company and if possible, the policy number, as this may speed up your own claim. If there were any witnesses to the accident, try to obtain their name and addresses as well as a contact telephone number for them, as they should be able to support your version of the accident.
Date Published: July 25, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident on board a cruise