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Falling Overboard Risks

An average of 20 people fall over the side of cruise ships every year. In some cases, the negligence of cruise ship owners or crew members directly contribute to this kind of serious accident. The resulting physical, financial, and emotional trauma after an incident like this can be devastating. The attorneys at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. believe that those responsible should be held financially liable for the damages that their carelessness or recklessness have caused.

Sources of Cruise Ship Negligence

Cruise ships designers, maintenance staff, and crew members have a duty and responsibility to the safety of their passengers while at sea. The safety regulations outlined for cruise ships are stringent because the potential injuries are so serious. When these regulations are violated, passengers are placed at undue risk. Dangerous situations that may lead to individuals falling overboard include:

  • Overcrowding on the deck
  • Faulty or damaged railings
  • Slippery surfaces near railing
  • Failed security procedures
  • Negligent operation of cruise ship

Falling overboard can result in life-threatening injuries or fatality. The aftermath of this type of incident may result in further injury if the medical staff fails to take proper steps after a passenger falls overboard.

Contact a Cruise Ship Attorney

If you or a loved one fell overboard or were otherwise injured due to the negligence of those associated with the cruise ship, contact Louis A. Vucci, P.A. to discuss whether taking legal action to recover your losses may be the right decision for you. Call (786) 375-0344 to speak with an experienced legal professional to learn more.