Losing a Loved One Overboard
One inherent risk in riding a cruise ship is falling overboard. Although this is a very rare occurrence, it is sometimes caused by the negligent actions of or dangerous conditions created by cruise ship crew members. Though going overboard does not always result in death, well over fifty cases have been reported since 2000 of cruise ship passengers dying from injuries or drowning as a result of going overboard.
If you have been devastated by the loss of a loved one who fell overboard on a cruise ship, you may have a case against negligent cruise ship employees. The attorneys at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. have years of combined experience in dealing with cruise lines, and we are dedicated to helping individuals seek compensation when they have wrongfully lost their loved one on a cruise ship.
Negligent Cruise Ship Practices
There are certain rules and safety regulations in place that are designed to both prevent overboard incidents on cruise ships as well as provide rescue to individuals who do fall overboard. Some of these practices include:
- Adequate railings to guard against falling over
- Security cameras to help spot individuals in the water
- Easily accessible flotation devices that other passengers can throw down to individuals who have fallen overboard, and
- Posted warnings regarding dangerous or slippery surfaces on the deck
This is by no means an inclusive list of precautionary measures that should be taken by cruise ships, but it does represent a few of the steps that cruise companies often fail to take.
Contact a Cruise Ship Attorney
If you have lost a loved one as a result of cruise ship negligence, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact an attorney at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. by calling (786) 375-0344 to explore your options today.