Numerous people, young and old, suffer harm on board cruise liners every year. In fact, illness is so rife that CNN has asked whether cruise ships could be considered "floating petri dishes". However, the prevalence of gastrointestinal illness outbreaks does not lessen the duty of care owed to passengers by cruise companies – every individual has the right to expect that time spent aboard will be free of injury or illness caused by negligence.
If you have suffered an accident or developed an illness on board a cruise vessel, you may be entitled to make a holiday compensation claim. Seth Lovis & Co has helped many passengers receive compensation for spoiled holidays and physical harm caused by a variety of accidents and illnesses, including the following:
- Food poisoning from poor hygiene standards such as Norovirus, Norwalk, and Salmonella
- Bacterial infections from poor hygiene and contaminated water including Legionnaires disease, Typhoid, and E-coli
- Contaminated swimming pool illnesses such as cryptosporidiosis
- Slip and trips on board due to the negligence of others
- Accidents on day excursions whilst in port
To make a claim for any of the above, call 0808 252 0678 to speak to our personal injury solicitors.
What can I claim for?
If you have had an accident on a cruise ship or been taken ill on one of these vessels, Seth Lovis & Co can help you ensure that your holiday compensation claim accounts for the following:
- Compensation for your injuries or illness.
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
- Compensation for loss of enjoyment on your holiday.
- Loss of income as a result of not being able to work on your return.
- Any expenses incurred by you as a result of the accident, this may include medication to help treat your injuries.
The Package Travel Regulations
Many cruise liner holidays are covered by the Package Travel Regulations 1992. Where this is the case it can be relatively straightforward for us to successfully prove liability.
The Athens Convention
The international Athens Convention can be relevant to cruise ship passenger compensation claims made by UK residents.
Sometimes operators defending claims under the convention must prove that they did not cause the illness – this can be very difficult for them to do in instances where the claimant is one of many (as is common with Norovirus outbreaks at sea, where as many as several hundred passengers might be affected).
You think you can claim – What next?
If you would like to speak with one of our expert holiday claim solicitors regarding your cruise ship accident claim, call us for free on 0808 252 0678. Alternatively you can fill out an online enquiry form and a member of our personal injury team will contact you by telephone to discuss your enquiry in detail.