With the end of winter just around the corner, those who haven’t already flown to get away from the cold in England and Wales will be planning their jolly hols. With a 77% increase in popularity over the last 10 years, more people than ever before will be taking to cruise ships.
You have the image in mind: sprawled in a deck chair soaking up the sun by morning, taking in a Caribbean beach in the afternoon, then capping off the day with food, drinks and on-board entertainment in the lap of luxury as the world sails by without a care. Pay caution to potential hazards that could turn that image of paradise into one of misery in the event of an accident.
It has to be said: accidents at sea happen! That is not to say that every case is like that of the tragic headline-making catastrophes that are mostly isolated incidents. However even a trip or fall on-board, or an accident that wasn’t your fault can put a great dampener on your experience.
Personal Injury Lawyers Help in Liability Disputes
Accidents whilst on board a cruise ship can lead to complex legal arguments, as cruises generally operate in international waters, and the ship may pass into the jurisdiction of several different countries during the holiday.
Specialist rules apply to international carriage by sea, as a result of the Athens Convention, for example, a specific time limit is strictly applied. Therefore, expert legal advice is recommended.
Slater and Gordon’s team of expert Travel Litigation Solicitors have dealt with a number of cases involving cruise ships, including:
- Settlement following a fatal accident at sea
- Settlement following a tripping accident on a cruise ship floor, resulting in amputation
- Settlement following an unsecured hatch on a tender slamming shut and trapping the passenger’s hand
- Settlement following a passenger’s trip on a defective drain in an on-board toilet.
If you have been injured on board a cruise ship, a yacht or whilst scuba diving, either if you were working on board ship or on holiday; our No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation. Call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK from our offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Merseyside, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Halifax, Newcastle, Wakefield, Derby or from our meetings rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire or in Hull, Yorkshire.