Boats, ships, cruise liners and ferries can be categorised in a variety of ways. They can be regarded as public places (if they are acting as holiday accommodation or methods of transport) or places of employment (if you work on one of these vessels).
If you have been injured on a boat (or any of the other varieties of seafaring vessel) then you may be able to make a compensation claim in West Byfleet.
Can I make a compensation claim in West Byfleet?
Boat owners are held to the same legislations as owners of public places on land. Health and safety rules should still be in place and followed even if you are miles out to sea. Whoever is responsible for the boat is responsible for the safety of all her passengers, whether they are employees or members of the general public.
When that safety is jeopardised, and people are injured in situations which could have and should have been prevented, then it is possible that that person could be entitled to make a compensation claim in West Byfleet.
What sort of incidents are covered?
It would be impossible to create a comprehensive list of all the possible scenarios in which you might be injured on board a boat, but some of the most common include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Injury from falling objects
Whether you are on a cruise liner or a small yacht, the person in charge of the boat and ultimately responsible for everyone’s safety on board has a duty of care to ensure that there are no hazards lying around that you could trip over. They should also ensure that any spillages on the floor which could present a slipping hazard are dealt with accordingly and marked appropriately to avoid someone slipping over whilst on board. Falls should be prevented by having appropriate safety features, for example, high enough guard rails and railings.
A variety of objects are stored on seafaring vessels, and these should all be secured in place or put away appropriately to be certain that, in times of turbulent seas, these items do not fall onto passengers or workers, thus causing injury.
While on board a cruise ship you are effectively “held captive” in terms of your options for eating. You are therefore reliant on good quality service and good standard of food. Food poisoning is another threat for passengers who have no option to go elsewhere.
Related to this is the on board medical staff. If you have not been treated appropriately, and have suffered as a result, you might be able to make a compensation claim in West Byfleet in relation to medical negligence.
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Date Published: 9th September 2013