Taking a cruise is supposed to be a fun and relaxing way to de-stress and unwind from everyday life. Although they may not be as common as car accidents, cruise ship accidents and injuries do occur in the thousands each year.
Cruise ship injuries typically occur due to negligence on behalf of the cruise ship line or an employee. Many of these injuries can be prevented if greater care is taken by cruise ship lines and employees alike.
Read on to learn about some of the most common cruise ship injuries.
Cruise Ship Injuries
A three-year study facilitated by the United States Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health on cruise ship injuries was conducted in order to help determine the demographics, frequency, as well as the types of injuries that are likely to occur aboard cruise ships.
Throughout the three-year study, there were 663 reported injuries. Of those injured, 62.7% were women.
65.3% of the injuries occurred onboard the cruise ship. Another 31.1% of reported injuries occurred ashore, and 3.6% happened on tenders getting off or on the cruise ship.
Ship goers reported that most accidents aboard happened in cabins, which accounted for 20.1% of reported injuries, accompanied by bathroom incidents, at 13.4%. Additionally, 16.1% of reported injuries occurred on tour/shuttle buses.
Types of Injuries
The most common ways that ship goers endure injuries is through slips, trips, and falls. These types of accidents accounted for 44.8% of all injuries on board. Similarly, these types of incidents accounted for 69.4% of injuries onshore.
The legs were the most commonly injured portion of the body at 43%. Additionally, open wounds or cuts constituted the most frequent type of injury at 41.6%.
It may or may not surprise you that bone fractures and dislocations occurred more often ashore than they did onboard the ship.
Take Care While Aboard Cruise Ships
As the data shows, there are many ways cruise liner passengers may experience injuries. The following list provides the most common hazards to be aware of while traveling on a cruise ship:
- Negligence on behalf of the ship staff or company representatives
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Food poisoning
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents, which includes drownings and diving board events
- Toxic chemical injuries
- Recreational incidents
- Sexual and physical assaults
- Bedbug bites
- Cruise ship fires
- Broken railings and ladders in deterioration
- Unsecured goods that tumble from upper decks or overhead storage
Cruise ship accidents are more common than you’d probably expect them to be. If you have experienced an injury while traveling on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The effective attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have more than 130 years of combined experience and know how to successfully pursue these types of claims. Our firm is backed by a track record of success in securing compensation for our clients. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case. We are here to help you right away.
Call Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today at (305) 692-0055 to speak with a Miami attorney about your cruise ship injury case.