Tender Boat Malfunctions and Injuries
At ports of call, when a cruise ship is unable to tie up to a pier, it may instead anchor in deeper waters and use smaller boats, called tenders, to transport passengers to and from shore. Tender boats, then, are tasked with the safe passage of passengers from one location to another. If you’ve been hurt in a tender boat accident, Louis A. Vucci, P.A. is the law firm that you should trust to help you get the compensation that you are owed.
Unfortunately, tender boats do not always fulfill their purpose, and tender boat accidents may occur. Many of the injuries passengers suffer occur due to simple negligence at the hands of the cruise line or its employees. Cruise lines have the absolute obligation to keep their passengers as safe as possible when they are embarking and disembarking, especially considering that some passengers are older and more susceptible to injury. When they fail to uphold this obligation, cruise lines deserve to be held responsible.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a tender boat injury at the hands of a negligent cruise line, you may receive compensation. Contact the tender boat malfunctions and injuries lawyers at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. to discuss the contents of your case.
How Can An Attorney Help Your Case
Tender boat accidents often leave victims catastrophically injured. A passenger who is injured while boarding a tender boat has no way of knowing who will be held liable for the accident, as there are so many complicating factors. For this reason, filing a suit against those responsible may seem daunting.
With the help of an experienced defective or malfunctioning cruise ship equipment attorney, you can receive the answers you need to fight for your rights properly. Your attorney will be able to determine fault and liability based on many factors, including:
- A determination of the relationship between the cruise line company and the tender boat operator.
- Is the tender boat owned by the cruise line?
- Is the tender boat operated third party contractor?
Legal recourse for a passenger injured aboard or disembarking from a tender boat can be complicated. You need an experienced and skilled attorney who will not allow the cruise line to use such things as the ownership of tender boats by others or accidents that happen on foreign land to contest liability.
Why You Should Choose Louis A. Vucci for Your Tender Boat Injury Case
For success in your tender boat injury case, you need a successful lawyer like the one at Louis A. Vucci, P.A.. Attorney Louis A. Vucci was added to Who’s Who’s list of Top Lawyers in North America in 2016. He also has represented a number of clients all across Florida. He has many years of legal experience and fights for the rights of those who are victimized by the negligence of cruise lines. He will fight on your behalf, seeing to it that you are awarded the maximum amount.
Cases We Handle
Tender boat accidents can happen in a variety of ways. Some common causes of tender boat accidents include:
- Small gaps between the gangway ramp (the ramp on to or off the tender) and the tender itself. This leaves an area for a person to fall and injure a limb.
- The gangway may malfunction or break free from the ship or the tender. Passengers will end up falling into the ocean.
- General slip and fall injuries that can occur at any point along the gangway may result in injury.
Tender boat accidents can often be traced to their underlying cause. Some of the more common ones that have been reported include:
- Attempting to navigate in poor weather conditions.
- Cruise lines allowing improperly trained and unskilled employees to skipper and manage the tender boat
- Lack of safety procedures and functional life jackets
- Careless maneuvering of the tender boat
- Failure to properly secure the boat to the cruise ship or dock
- Overcrowding of the tender.
Tender boat accident injuries may occur in foreign waters. While in foreign jurisdictions, cruise lines are subject to their rules and regulations. Operators may be forced to utilize foreign-based tender companies. This can and often has resulted in accidents. For example:
- Foreign tenders often lack the experience with the boat they are going to tender from.
- Equipment such as ladders, tender platforms, and booms may be mismatched.
- Foreign operators may not have sufficient training, experience or skill.
Let Louis A. Vucci, P.A. help you find the compensation you deserve. Do not let those responsible for your injury go unpunished.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tender boat accident on a cruise, contact Louis A. Vucci, P.A. right away. We are here to help you, so schedule a no-obligation consultation with our defective cruise ship equipment lawyers by calling (786) 375-0344, by filling out a contact form, or by chatting with us live.