A cruise ship injuries attorney sees a mix of first-time cruisers and those who have sailed before when representing people who have been injured on vacation liners. Even those who have been on many itineraries do not know some of the secrets cruise lines do not want publicized. These companies want to promote fun for the cruiser and their families, and they do not want to advertise that people do in fact get hurt while onboard. If you are a Florida resident who is considering sailing away on vacation, read on and know how to be prepared.
Careful On Cruise Ships — Air Evacuations and Medical Issues
One of the most surprising things cruisers find is the limited medical facilities and physicians not only on the vessel but also at any point during the cruise. Our experience as a cruise ship injuries attorney has demonstrated that passengers trust the company they are traveling with to provide more than they promise. We suspect most people understand a luxury liner does not have a hospital on board; however, most people would presume that there is at least the ability to evacuate an injured or sick passenger if necessary. Unfortunately, for the most part, that is false.
First, there is the logistical problem that the vessel is likely to be at sea when an illness or serious injury occurs. Second, to think that a helicopter will immediately arrive and pick up a sick or ill passenger ignores the practicality of the location of the passenger. Also, most if not all travel companies see air evacuation as the responsibility of the passenger, not the cruising company. A family with an injured or gravely ill family member will find out quickly that the cost of arranging for an air evacuation from a foreign port back to say, Florida, is the responsibility of the family, not the company.
Second, the family may learn that, in some instances, the arranging of transport is their responsibility. Perhaps some passengers know how to arrange medical emergency transport to come to a foreign port, but that has not been our experience as cruise ship injuries attorneys in Florida.
Cruise Ship Injuries and Illnesses
Don’t be surprised if the ship drops a seriously ill or injured family member off at the next stop. Companies put warnings in ticket books or on their website stating the ocean liner has limited medical facilities. This is about the extent of the notification provided to passengers that if they are badly hurt or fall ill on their trip, the liner has limited ability to provide medical services. There is not much pre-sailing information about what happens if the passenger needs evacuation from the boat.
Advice from a Cruise Ship Injuries Attorney
As cruise ship injuries attorneys in Florida, we have a few suggestions. First, get travel insurance. See our information on 888BOATLAW.com that explains why you should obtain travel insurance before your trip. You want to make sure there is no delay of air evacuation or medical treatment due to payment problems.
Second, before you leave Florida, check out air ambulance services and their availabilities where you are going. Obviously, location and time of day would be big considerations in the cost and availability.
Third, if you have a serious medical condition, know that you can end up miles from home. There is no guarantee of the kind of medical treatment you might need.
Fourth, be careful on the vessel. That sounds simple, right? As a cruise ship injuries attorney firm, we have insight into the numerous ways injuries can occur on a liner.
In our history as a cruise ship injuries attorney for Florida clients, we have seen just about every situation. This includes:
- Spills around the pool deck
- Alcohol-related attacks by other passengers
- Slippery conditions on a vessel causing slip and fall cases
- Food-borne illnesses
- And plenty more
***None of the foregoing is legal advice and is not meant to give legal advice. Each case is different. This is why it is important to contact us on the specific facts of your case. What you say in making the claim can greatly affect your outcome.