April 25, 2016

“Hand”-ling a Cruise Ship Injury

Categories: Negligence, Personal Injury

With all the excitement of being at sea, caution sometimes takes a backseat to fun. While cruise ships do their best to minimize potential dangers, stairs, sliding doors, and uneven ground can all lead to potential dangers. One of the body parts that cruise-goers most frequently injure is the hand.

Between slip and fall accidents and slamming doors, broken fingers and wrists or sprained ligaments can be very common. While these injuries are often attributed to the injured party not paying attention, it is often the case that the cruise line may be liable for these hand and finger injuries. On cruise ships, there is usually a large number of sliding doors, sliding windows, and automatic systems set up to close these openings. To be efficient, they close often, but that can result in entrapment of a passenger.

In order to find fault in the cruise line for a hand injury, the cruise line must be proven to be negligent. For example, the cruise line’s staff must have been alerted to or otherwise aware of the broken condition but not responded reasonably to correct the dangerous condition.. Further, if the crew’s medical staff was unreasonably inattentive after you injured your hand, you may have a case for negligence.

If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship, seek legal help to understand the rules of personal injury law relating to the cruise ship industry. The experienced Tampa personal injury lawyers at Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore are available for a consultation today.

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