You’re on a cruise. Maybe you saved up for months or years for this cruise. You’re having the time of your life. The food is amazing. The entertainment is incredible. The excursions are exotic. Then one morning as you make your way from the breakfast buffet, you slip and fall on some split eggs. You realize you are in excruciating pain and possibly seriously injured. What do you do?
My name is Christopher Tsitos, I have been suing cruise lines on behalf of injured passengers for years. This article attempts to shed some light on what to do when you are injured on a cruise, what to do when you get off the cruise and how to be fairly compensated for your injury.
If you get hurt on a cruise ship, the very first thing you should do is report your fall to the closet crewmember. Hopefully, they are going to assist you, clean up the spill and write a report. This report is very important. The report is an extremely valuable means of proving that you actually did fall. Sometimes they ask you to sign the report. Read it very carefully before signing! Crewmembers tend to write the reports in a light that is most favorable to the cruise line. If you are not comfortable signing, it is 100% within your rights to refuse to sign. There is nothing in their power they can do to force you to sign.
Next, you should seek medical attention. The medical facilities on cruise ship are not great by any means, in fact they are more like glorified first aid stations. However, by getting immediate medical attention, even if it is just an examination, it shows that you are actually injured and are attempting to prevent further injury.
Depending on what day of the cruise you are injured and how severely you are injured, it may dramatically affect what you can do on the cruise. For example, if you fall and hurt your knees on the second day of five day cruise, you will most like miss out on island excursions and overall enjoyment of your vacation. Try to enjoy the remaining cruise to the best of your ability.
Once you get off the cruise at your homeport, go to the emergency room and get proper medical attention. I suggest to follow up with your PCP after the emergency room visit. Any delay in treatment could not only worsen your injury but also diminish the value of your case should you seek reimbursement from the cruise line.
Most people don’t realize this, but when you buy a cruise ship ticket, the back has a contract on it. The contract says, should you bring a lawsuit, you have to do so in a certain part of the world. For example, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Norwegian to name a few, require that you bring your lawsuit in Miami, FL. That means that even if you live in Australia, you have to sue in Miami.
Dealing with the cruise line yourself to seek reimbursement for your damages is a HUGE mistake. The cruise line wants to pay you the least amount of money as possible in order to make you go away. By hiring a personal injury attorney with maritime law experience, you can feel rest assured that you will have the proper guidance to get the most amount of money as possible for your injuries.
If you have a possible claim for injuries aboard a cruise ship or if you have any questions, please feel free to visit out website at www.305personalinjurylawyer.com or you can call us at 786-815-6296.