The safety of the cruise line industry is becoming a matter of increasing concern after a recent rash of accidents. The first major accident this year was the sinking of the Costa "Concordia" on January 13 off the coast of Italy. This disaster cost the lives of 30 people and left another two missing.
Another Accident On A Costa Ship
Subsequently, the Costa Allegra, a sister ship of the Costa Concordia, suffered a crippling fire on February 27. The ship had to be towed to port. Costa Cruises, who own both ships, is a subsidiary of the largest cruise ship company in the world, Carnival Cruise Lines.
Latest Incident: Fire On Board
According to Reuters, the latest incident was a fire that left the cruise ship "Azamara Quest" adrift off the coast of the Philippines last Saturday. The ship belongs to Azamara Club Cruises, which in turn is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises, the second largest cruise line in the world. The fire on board the "Azamara Quest" injured five crew members. They all suffered smoke inhalation and one of them was injured seriously enough to need medical attention on shore. The engineers managed to restore power the same day and the ship was able to slowly steam to port. Thankfully, none of the passengers were injured.
100th Anniversary of Sinking of Titanic
This all happens when some are about to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the most famous ship in history: the Titanic. In fact, according to cnn.com, a British travel agency has organized the "Titanic Memorial Cruise". This trip will allow Titanic enthusiasts to take a cruise on board the MS Balmoral and follow the same trajectory of the ill-fated ship 100 years ago. Just like the Titanic, the cruise will sail from Southampton, England, stop at Cobh, Ireland and stop again at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where many of Titanic's victims were buried. A religious ceremony to honor the victims will be held on April 14th, the anniversary of the disaster.
Not Only Kind of Dangerous Activity
A fire on board or a sinking ship are not the only kinds of accidents faced by passengers onboard cruise ships. Even when the ship makes it safely to port, people get injured as a result of slip and falls and other accidents they suffer while participating in any of the following activities:
- Jet skiing
- ZIP lining
- While on excursions on bicycles, on motor bikes or on 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps, etc.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
We have often seen cruise lines pressure passengers that have suffered injuries onboard their ships into accepting a refund as compensation for their injuries. You should not allow the cruise line to pressure you into accepting an offer that is typically unfair to you. You should immediately hire a law firm with experience handling cruise ship claims that can help pressure the cruise line into paying you the compensation you deserve if a loved died of serious injuries sustained while on a cruise ship or if you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries while taking a cruise. It is important for you to remember that most passenger ticket contracts establish a six month period prior to filing suit where you must give written notice of the claim to the company (among other requirements) and limit your ability to sue to one year from the date of the accident.
Therefore, it is essential that you hire an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. You should not be concerned for the costs: most Florida lawyers will not charge you for the initial consultation and will work your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not be charged at all, unless the lawyer wins your case.
If you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge you to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. The Cruise Lines Injury Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases against these cruise lines over the years and can help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.
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