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Determining liability when someone is injured on a cruise ship

Many people come to Florida each year to board cruise ships. These can be very fun and exciting vacations for people as they travel around the Caribbean and other areas. When people are on these ships, their focus tends to be on relaxing and having fun, not on the potential maritime accidents that can occur while on the cruise ship. However, accidents do occur and passengers are injured as a result.

These injuries can be very costly as well, but the cruise ship owner is not automatically liable simply because the accident occurred on the ship. In order for the cruise ship to be liable, the ship's operator must have been negligent. This means that they had to either know or should have known about the dangerous condition that led to the accident in order to be liable. This includes if the employees on the boat were negligent and caused the accident.

Determining whether the ship's operator knew or should have known about the dangerous condition or whether an employee was negligent can be complicated. So, it is important for people who were injured on cruise ships to collect as much evidence as possible and talk with any potential witnesses. If the victim can prove negligence, the cruise ship may then be required to compensate the victim for the injuries, which can include paying for medical costs, lost income and other damages.

While cruise ship vacations can seem like paradise at times, they can also become nightmares if guests are seriously injured while on board. Proving fault in these cases is very fact-specific and can be complicated. However, it can also be worth it to receive the compensation the victim needs and deserves.

Source: www.injury.findlaw.com, "Cruise Ship Accidents and Liability" accessed on May 15, 2018

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