Cruise Ship and Ferry Injuries

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Injuries that occur aboard cruise ships and ferries are often covered by maritime injury laws. While these laws may seem similar to general personal injury tort laws, there are key differences that make it espescially important to contact an attorney that specializes in maritime and admiralty law.

Determining Liability for a Cruise Ship or Ferry Injury

Determining whether or not a ship or ferry owner is liable for an injury sustained aboard is vessel means finding out if he or she acted in such a way as to meet the "reasonable care" guidelines.

If the ship operator is found to have acted in a careless or negligent way, and this caused a passenger or crew member to be injured, then he will likely be found wholly liable for the injury. However, if it can be proven by the defense that the operator was performing carefully and competently, then negligence cannot be established, and the operator will be found not at fault.

Compensation Available

In the event negligence is proven, the operator will be held to provide compensation for all medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future income, loss or enjoyment of life and more. Maritime injury compensation awards are generally much greater than those granted by personal injury, or workers compensation claims. This id due to the often severe injuries that may happen when working or vacationing around such large and potentially dangerous equipment.

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Whether a cruise ship or ferry is liable for injuries to a passenger turns on law that is a lot like the “tort law” we find on land. That is, with one important exception a cruise ship or ferry operator does not guarantee the safety of its passengers. Only if the ship operator failed to exercise due care is the ship owner "negligent", or responsible.

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