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Cruise Ship Accidents

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

With a seemingly endless list of cruise ships docking and setting sail from ports around New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and hundreds of thousands of passengers boarding these mammoth vessels every year, there understandably are going to be accidents, mishaps, illnesses, and assorted other mishaps during each voyage.

When a cruise ship guest is injured because of negligence on the part of the company's ownership group, management, employees, maintenance workers, suppliers, or equipment manufacturers, a monetary award could likely be achieved.

Cruise Ship Accidents are constantly in the news. In fact, it is difficult to avoid a story on television or in the newspaper for an entire week about a disaster at sea. Naturally, they are all not as devastating as The Titanic or Lusitania sinkings; nonetheless, mishaps at sea can have a long-lasting effect on people's lives.

Whether a guest is hurt or killed, or a loss of electricity renders the entire vessel unsafe and unsanitary, or a guest is assaulted by another passenger, or a crew member because of inadequate security, or there is a food poisoning outbreak, or the entire ship tips over like the recent Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy and claimed dozens of lives while seriously injuring dozens more, the risks to the safety and well-being of cruise ship passengers is far too great to detail fully in this space.

Occasionally, there are even reports and criminal allegations of sexual assaults aboard cruise ships.

As any number of various incidents can give rise to a lawsuit cruise ship lawsuits, it is imperative to retain an experience, zealous, and qualified personal injury law firm if you believe you have grounds for a lawsuit against a cruise ship operator.

At the New York-based personal injury law firm Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft, we possess the experience to identify when a client has legitimate grounds for a lawsuit. As cruise ships continue to grow in terms of their enormous size, and accordingly, a greater number of employees and guests set sail on each voyage, the chances something will go wrong naturally have never been greater.

Just as with any restaurant or hotel, cruise ships are likely grounds for slip-and-fall mishaps, as there may be loose carpeting or tiles that cause a guest to tumble. Or a careless janitorial worker may fail to properly dry an area of flooring after mopping up, creating a perilous environment for pedestrians.

Often we hear news accounts of diseases such as Legionnaire's passing through the air ducts aboard a cruise ship, affecting every passenger and crew member. And as has been well-documented throughout the last half-century on television, books, and the big screen, after the RMS Titanic disaster, negligent navigation or sudden listing of the vessel can produce catastrophic results.

No matter what events precipitated or exacerbated your unfortunate incident aboard a cruise ship, Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft can help you receive the rightful compensation you are owed for your injuries.

There is never a cost to meet with an attorney at Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft, and we never receive a single penny in compensation unless our clients receive money via settlement or verdict. If you have been affected by an incident aboard a cruise ship, we encourage you to call us today.

Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft looks forward to speaking with you soon.