Falling Object Accidents
Cruise ships are tall – they have many stories with halls and walkways pass under balconies and bridges. Typically you wouldn’t think anything of this situation, in fact it is what makes a cruise ship a cruise ship. But, like any setting like this, there is a risk of being struck and injured by a falling object.
Objects falling from above and striking someone below can cause serious injuries. Common examples of injuries caused by falling objects include:
- Head injuries
- Facial injuries
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or tetraplegia
When injured on a cruise ship, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. This is because the cruise ship has a duty to protect you from falling objects. Unlike in the workplace, where an employer is required to protect employees from falling objects by requiring them to wear hard helmets, on a cruise ship this requires the ship operator to take reasonable measures to prevent objects from falling. This could mean roping off areas where elevated maintenance work is happening, or only allowing maintenance work to happen outside of peak hours.
In order to be compensated for your injuries you first have to show that the cruise ship was responsible for your injuries. The legal ground for such a claim is that a cruise ship has a duty to ensure that all publicly accessible areas of the ship are kept in a safe condition. A cruise ship should be well aware of areas where one could be injured by a falling object and thus should take reasonable steps to prevent one from being in that area. When they fail to take these reasonable steps they can be held responsible for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury caused by a falling object you should seek the advice of an experienced cruise ship accident attorney. Since 1977, James Cunningham has been helping cruise ship accident victims receive justice and fair compensation. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your cruise ship falling object accident injuries, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.