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Many cruise ships are practically floating cities, filled with restaurants, entertainment, and attractions. Some of the most popular attractions, especially on family cruises, are amusement-park-style rides and water slides on the deck of the ship. Many cruise ships have pools, but some also have water slides, tube slides, wave pools, surfing pools, spinning rides, and bumper cars – and there are even plans to build roller coasters on ships. While most people may go on these rides without trouble, many people each year face moderate to severe injuries because of dangerous conditions on these rides.
If you or someone in your family was injured on a water slide or amusement ride on a cruise ship, our attorneys may be able to take your case and fight for compensation. You may be able to sue for the injuries sustained in an accident like this, and the cruise ship ride and water slide accident injury attorneys at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. may be able to help. Call our cruise ship accident and injury lawyers today at (305) 204-5369 to set up a free legal consultation.
Suing a Cruise Ship for Accidents on Water Slides and Amusement Rides
When a cruise ship company installs a water slide or a ride on their ship, they have to understand the potential risks. Water slides and amusement park rides may be fun, but there is inevitably a risk of injury associated with them. It is usually the responsibility of the owner and operator of the rides to ensure that they are safe for riders by performing safety tests and regular maintenance. However, failing to properly warn riders about how to use the ride, how to sit in the tube on a slide, or how to interact with other riders could lead to serious injuries. Failing to monitor riders or provide lifeguards and safety staff can also result in serious problems for cruise ship patrons. In many cases, the cruise ship and its operators can be sued for injuries sustained on these kinds of rides.
- To sue the cruise ship for injuries, you must prove 4 elements in your case:
- The cruise ship owed you a duty to keep you safe.
- The cruise ship breached that duty.
- That breach of duty actually caused your injuries.
- You suffered damages the court can compensate you for.
On a cruise ship, the captain and crew owe you many duties to keep you safe from harm, one of which is proper upkeep of the facilities and amusements. If they unreasonably fail to keep you safe while riding a water slide, there is a chance that they could be found negligent, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Many cruise ships work to prevent liability by including language in your passenger ticket or posting signs that using a ride, slide, or pool is done “at your own risk” – but sometimes this legal language does not apply to your case. Talk to a lawyer for help proving your case and getting compensation for your injuries.
Maritime Lawyer for Cruise Ship Injuries on Slides and Rides
Most injury cases involving cruise ships are governed by maritime law. This is separate from U.S. federal law and the laws of any one particular state, governing any American ship or vessel. If you were injured on a cruise ship, it is important to take your case to a maritime injury attorney to handle the case under the proper legal doctrines and court systems.
Compensation for Cruise Ship Injuries Involving Rides and Water Slides
When you or your child is injured on a ride or water slide on a cruise ship, you could face serious harm. The physical pain and suffering of an injury is just the obvious part of the harm – but if you face expensive medical bills or need to miss work because of the injury, you may be entitled to have the at-fault parties pay for these financial harms as well.
Pain and suffering is often proportional to the injury you faced, with more severe injuries involving ongoing pain and discomfort as well as appreciable interruptions in your regular life your day-to-day activities. These damages can be proved through your testimony about the injury and how it affected your life, potentially leading to substantial compensation.
Damages for medical expenses can be high for an injury aboard a cruise ship. To get the care you need, you often need to be evacuated from the ship and taken to shore, which can mean expensive medical transportation bills. You could also face substantial injuries that require emergency treatment, follow-up care, and physical therapy.
While recovering, you may miss work and suffer lost wage damages. If your injuries are severe enough to cause you to miss work going forward – or if they are severe enough that you cannot return to work – you may be entitled to damages for lost earning capacity as well.
Call Our Cruise Ship Water Slide and Ride Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Talk to an attorney to learn more about what your case is worth. Cruise ships often have strong legal teams that will work to make low settlement offers to make cases go away. These offers may not cover your damages, and you may need to fight the case in court to get what you deserve. For help with your case, call the cruise ship ride and water slide injury attorneys at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. today at (305) 204-5369.