Cruise Ship Accidents | Romanucci & Blandin
There are serious injuries or fatalities that can occur for both passengers and employees on cruise ships. There are many cruise ships that sail around Lake Michigan, and in other Chicago-area rivers and lakes. There are also laws that apply to any cruise boat accident. There is a duty for the cruise boat operators to ensure passenger safety, and failure to do so may result in them being held accountable for any injury or death that was the result of the accident.
Common Causes of Injuries in a Cruise Ship Accident
The most common causes of injuries that passengers and employees sustain during a cruise ship accident are:
- Crimes (i.e. battery or sexual abuse)
- Food poisoning
- Inadequate guardrails
- Inadequate warning signs
- Infectious diseases
- Raised thresholds in doorways
- Slippery surfaces
Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act
In 2010, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act posed added requirements for any cruise ship that had overnight sleeping accommodations for 250 or more passengers and that departed from a port in the U.S. This law requires:
- Railing on the cruise ship to be at least 42 inches tall
- Added communication between the cruise line and the federal agencies in the U.S. with regards to any passenger who is missing or injured
- All vessels must have certain safety features, which include on-deck surveillance and peepholes
- Policies that restrict crewmembers from have access to passenger cabins
- Any cruise ship that carries citizens of the U.S and who enters U.S. waters has to have at least one crewmember who was trained and certified by the Coast Guard in how to handle a crime on board.
- The Jones Act
The Jones Act, a federal maritime law, protects any “seamen” or others who are employed to help with a voyage of a vessel that takes part in commerce or trade, who become injured while they are on the vessel. The Jones Act applies to any seamen who work on a cruise ship, barge, riverboat, fishing boat, or offshore oil rig in the case of an accident. A seaman is able to recover any damages from their employer in they become injured while employed. Unlike the laws with workers’ compensation, the Jones Act does require that the employee prove negligence on their employer’s part.
Maritime Lawyers for Cruise Ship Accidents
There are many complex laws that are associated with cruise ship accidents, and RB Law has the maritime lawyers who will help you with your cruise ship accident case. We are very familiar with all of the laws associated with a cruise ship accident, and we have the legal skills that are necessary to help you with your claim.
Free Consultation with a Chicago Cruise Ship Injuries Attorney
If you have questions regarding your cruise ship injuries, contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 458-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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