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Snohomish County Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer

Cruise ship staff and passengers alike are, unfortunately, susceptible to injury. That said, whether you were harmed as a cruise ship worker or a passenger on vacation, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a skilled Snohomish County cruise ship injury lawyer from Amy C Brown Law, PLLC to schedule your free consultation with our firm today.

Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer | Representing Workers & Passengers in Washington State

For years, Amy C Brown Law, PLLC has been a trusted legal resource for those who’ve sustained maritime injuries in Washington and Alaska. If you’ve sustained an injury on a cruise ship in any capacity, please don’t hesitate to speak with a competent Snohomish County maritime injury lawyer from our firm for help.

Injured Parties We Represent

Amy C Brown, PLLC represents anyone who has sustained an injury on a cruise ship, whether you’re a worker or a passenger harmed due to dangerous cruise ship conditions. Parties we represent include, but are not limited to:

  • Deck Crew: Including captains, deckhands, and mates responsible for navigating and maintaining the cruise ship.
  • Engine Room Staff: Engineers, mechanics, and electricians who ensure the operational integrity of the vessel.
  • Hospitality and Service Crew: This group encompasses chefs, bartenders, housekeepers, and waitstaff who cater to passengers’ needs.
  • Entertainment Personnel: Performers, DJs, and activity coordinators who provide entertainment and leisure activities.
  • Security Staff: Personnel responsible for maintaining safety and security aboard the ship.
  • Medical Team: Doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals providing medical services to crew and passengers.
  • Passengers: Vacationers and guests who are aboard the cruise ship for leisure and travel.

Common Injuries Sustained On Cruise Ships

People, unfortunately, can sustain a wide range of injuries on cruise ships, whether as workers or passengers. Some of the most common that we see are as follows:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Often caused by wet or uneven surfaces on decks or in dining areas.
  • Food Poisoning: Due to contaminated or improperly handled food.
  • Physical Assaults: Including altercations between passengers or with crew members.
  • Injuries from Onboard Activities: Such as swimming pool accidents or sports-related injuries.
  • Overexertion Injuries: Often occurring during emergency drills or in the handling of heavy equipment.
  • Burns: From kitchen accidents or electrical malfunctions.
  • Falling Overboard: Rare but serious incidents leading to severe injuries or fatalities.
  • Equipment-Related Injuries: Due to malfunctioning or improperly used machinery.
  • Exposure to Harmful Substances: Chemical leaks or exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Injuries During Shore Excursions: Accidents occurring while participating in off-ship activities.

What to Do if You Sustain a Cruise Ship Injury

If you’re injured on a cruise ship, you should try to take the following steps, if you can:

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Prioritize your health and safety by getting prompt medical care.
  • Report the Injury: Notify the ship’s authorities immediately about the incident.
  • Document Everything: Take photos of the injury and the scene, and keep a record of medical treatments received.
  • Gather Witness Information: If there were any witnesses, collect their contact information.
  • Do Not Sign Any Documents: Avoid signing any waivers or agreements from the cruise line before consulting a lawyer.
  • Preserve Evidence: Keep any relevant items, like clothing or personal belongings, that might be used as evidence.
  • Contact a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer: Seek legal advice to understand your rights and options for compensation.

Can I Sue for Compensation if I’m Injured On a Cruise Ship?

If you’re injured on a cruise ship, your right to compensation is protected under the law.

  • The Jones Act: This federal law allows injured maritime workers to seek compensation for injuries caused by negligence on the part of their employers or coworkers.
  • The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA): This law permits family members to pursue compensation for wrongful death occurring more than three nautical miles from the U.S. shore.
  • Maritime Doctrine of Unseaworthiness: Under this doctrine, ship owners are required to ensure their vessels are safe. Failure to do so can lead to liability for injuries sustained.
  • The Passenger Vessel Services Act: This act governs the safety and legal rights of passengers aboard cruise ships.
  • General Maritime Law: Provides protection for cruise ship passengers in case of injury due to negligence or unsafe conditions on the ship.
  • Washington State Laws: Washington’s laws may also apply, particularly for incidents occurring in or near its ports.

Contact a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Today

Don’t face a cruise ship injury on your own. Contact a dedicated Snohomish County cruise ship injury lawyer from Amy C Brown for a free initial consultation today.

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