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Personal Injury

Settlement following slipping accident on board cruise

Our client fractured her hip following an accident whilst on board a cruise travelling around New Zealand. Learn more about how our experts helped her to achieve a settlement.

17 April 2024

Our Client

Our client, Mrs V, fractured her hip following an accident whilst playing table tennis on board a cruise travelling around New Zealand. She slipped on a puddle of water that had accumulated due to a leaking roof which had seeped in rain water. A warning sign was put in place the next day.

As a result of the accident, Mrs V was hospitalised in New Zealand where her hip was operated on following a stay in the ICU.

How Slater and Gordon helped

After contacting Slater and Gordon’s personal injury solicitors specialising in travel accident claims, Sharon began working with Leanne Oades, our specialist travel accident lawyer. Leanne has been working in the travel law sector for almost 10 years and specialises in foreign accidents including:

Initial medical evidence was obtained from an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Neurologist.

The process of the claim

Upon liaising with the cruise company, with a view to making a claim under the Athens Convention, liability was admitted. As the limitation of claims on board a ship are 2 years, court proceedings were issued, to protect Mrs V’s position given that medical evidence was ongoing.

Settlement offers went back and forth between the parties, with our client ultimately accepting the defendant’s further increased offer of £22,500 a couple of months before trial. This was a considerable settlement that Mrs V was very pleased with and which will allow her some closure and to move on from this accident.

How can Slater and Gordon help you?

At Slater and Gordon, our experts are here to help you take the next steps. If you’ve been injured in an accident on board a cruise, the impact that this has on your life can be devastating. Because of this, we're committed to ensuring we get the best possible outcome for you. This case is an example of how our dedicated and specialist lawyers can support valued clients and ensure that they achieve the compensation they deserve.

If you, or your child, have suffered an injury as a result of an accident on board a cruise, simply contact our experts today on 0330 041 5869, or you can contact us online here to learn more about your options going forward.

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