Woman Falls Overboard On Bahamas Cruise
A cruise is supposed to be a vacation of a lifetime, but for one woman on a recent cruise to the Bahamas it was a tragedy. The 32-year-old woman from New York fell overboard into the waters southwest of Freeport in the overnight hours and crews are now scouring the area for any sign of her. The cruise ship was heading to Charleston, South Carolina, when the incident occurred.
Cruise Ship Accidents
Even though accidents and incidents such as these, in which passengers fall overboard, make national news when they occur, they are rare – thankfully. However, all types of accidents happen routinely on cruise ships, including slips and falls that result in a variety of injuries ranging from minor to severe. When passengers are injured during their cruise, the cruise line is often asked to accept the blame and bear responsibility for damages. In order to recover for injuries incurred during a cruise ship accident such as a slip and fall, the victim must be able to prove that the accident was caused in some way by negligence on the part of the cruise ship or its personnel. Slips and falls happen in many different ways on a cruise ship, including falling down narrow or slippery stairs, slipping and falling on a wet deck, or tripping over some sort of uneven walking surface. Depending upon the circumstances, these conditions may be the result of negligence on the part of the cruise ship personnel; they cruise line has the duty to take reasonable steps to ensure safe conditions for its passengers and, when they fail to do so, they can be held accountable for any injuries that occur due to that failure.
Older Cruisers Account For Half Of A Ship’s Medical Visits
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older passengers age 65 and over account for approximately half of all medical care received on cruise ships. Additionally, out of all medical visits on board a cruise ship, anywhere from twelve to eighteen percent are a result of a slip and fall. As many realize, older people as a group are more prone to slips and falls, which allows us to make sense of these statistics. Cruise lines, as they often have a large percentage of older passengers on board for any particular itinerary, have an even greater responsibility to ensure the safety of their more senior clientele.
Turn To Us For Help With Your Cruise Ship Accident Injuries
If you have been injured on a cruise ship, contact the office of Alan Goldfarb, P.A. in Miami today. At the office of Alan Goldfarb, P.A., our cruise ship and boat accident attorneys have a wide range of experience handling all types of personal injury and accident cases just like yours. We will work with you to help you get the relief you are entitled to when you have suffered injuries and losses as a result of someone else’s negligence. Contact us now to get started today with your initial consultation at no cost or obligation.