The idea of riding a rollercoaster on a cruise ship seems fun. However, there is a high risk of injury in this type of attraction, especially in a moving boat. The safety of amusement rides can be compromised for multiple reasons—either due to the volume of rides or because risks are not adequately assessed and prevented. In trying to attract passengers, cruise ships are implementing amusement park attractions concepts such as roller coasters and other types of high-risk amusements rides that can cause injuries. The dark side of all the fun can be the severe injuries suffered in cruise ships accidents. A common cause of these injuries is the negligence or carelessness of cruise ship personnel in preventing risks. In the case of roller coasters, oversights in the design, maintenance, and operation of the rides can also be at the root of the problem. Regardless of the reason, carelessness is inexcusable. When someone is injured, or a loved one dies due to the failure of the cruise ship company to monitor the safety of fun rides, a skilled legal representative can make a difference in the compensation obtained for injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a cruise ship roller coaster or amusement ride, you should talk to an attorney who can help you recover your losses. The award-winning lawyers of The Reiff Law Firm have a solid track record in seeking compensation for injuries. They are known for proactive and relentless legal representation. Call (215) 246-9000 to schedule a free consultation.
Suing for a Rollercoaster Injury Sustained on a Cruise Ship
Most people who go on cruise ships don’t know that these cruise lines are trying to curtail your right to recover from injuries from the time your tickets are purchased. Most people don’t even learn about these limiting contracts until something terrible happens. For example, if you look at the language of your cruise line ticket, you will see that it contains provisions with fancy legal terms and all sorts of convoluted wording. The purpose of this convoluted wording is mainly intended to create ways to get out of paying for injuries passengers suffer in the cruise.
If you are experiencing medical problems due to injuries sustained in an amusement ride at a cruise ship, you may feel powerless and intimidated. If medical bills are piling up as you or someone you love is trying to recover from an accident that happened in a cruise ship attraction, you should talk to an attorney. An experienced cruise ship roller coaster accident and injury attorney is best prepared to help you through this challenging time. With the right legal representation, you will find that the indifferent and intimidating actions of the cruise line are ways to avoid assuming responsibility. Skilled attorneys know how to combat these tactics and fight for the rights of passengers injured in a cruise ship.
What Happens If I Signed a Waiver Before the Injury Occurred?
Waivers are the documents patrons are asked to sign before certain services are provided. Most people don’t know that cruise ships will incorporate waiver in the tickets that you purchase for going to the cruise. If you sign a waiver, it’s possible it will be considered valid if there are specific warnings. However, a lot of these waivers can be invalid for multiple reasons. If you have been told you signed a document that limits options available for recovery from an injury, you should talk an experienced attorney to understand if what you’ve been told is accurate. Even if you’ve been told options are limited due to the explicit waiver, this doesn’t have to mean you’ve given up all your legal rights. Experienced attorneys are skeptical of this line of argument and understand how equity and justice can be missed in unfair situations. The outcome of a case depends heavily on the facts surrounding your injuries. No one should be left suffering and unable to recover for unexpected losses and damages, especially if the cruise line could have prevented the injury with necessary safety measures.
Maritime Laws Enforced on Cruise Ships
Federal maritime law generally prohibits cruise ships from avoiding liability for personal injuries. Federal laws are applied when “admiralty jurisdiction” exists. There are legal provisions seasoned attorneys understand as to the application of admiralty jurisdiction, which relates to the place and reasons behind the injury. If the injury is off-board, there is no admiralty jurisdiction. Cruise ships are generally responsible for injuries occurring in navigable waters and connected to the navigation.
While there are gray areas of legal responsibility when the activity doesn’t relate to navigating and are purely recreational, experienced attorneys can look at the specific facts surrounding the accident to see if the cruise line is just trying to avoid responsibility for accidents known to occur in roller coasters. Presumably, these attractions that were advertised and included in their sales package are the highlight of the theme cruise. This means they are also expected to ensure the theme related attractions such as roller coasters will be safe for everyone. If safety measures could have been implemented to prevent the accident, then the injuries are inexcusable. If a cruise ship is in the business of roller coaster rides, it cannot get away with failing to provide regular upkeep and maintenance of the machinery. In addition, there are foreseeable or expected accidents that can occur and that they should be prepared to avoid. Experienced personal injury attorneys know how to analyze and bring forth solid arguments of law to fight for the rights of their clients.
Call Our Cruise Ship Roller Coaster Accident and Injury Attorneys
Don’t wait too long to talk to an attorney because there are time limitations for filing claims against cruise ships. The highly accomplished personal injury attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm are known for their dedication to fighting for helping injured victims seek financial compensation for their losses. We are familiar with the enormous personal stress caused by the pressure of the mounting medical bills of an injury, and all the hurdles cruise lines create to avoid legal responsibility. Call (215) 246-9000 to schedule an appointment.