When Vacation Turns to Tragedy: Cruise Ship Drowning

Injuries and deaths on cruise ships are not exactly the most top-rating news stories as of late, but they are nevertheless happening. Recently, an 8-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool on one of the most popular cruise ships in the world. While reports have yet to determine whether the ship was negligent in its prevention and/or response to the incident, there is speculation that the family of the boy will take legal action against the cruise line.

If you or a family member has experienced a personal injury or death on a cruise ship, you will need experienced legal assistance to handle your case. The Miami maritime lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz, PA are here to help. Call us at 1-877-474-2905.

Cruise Ship Death: Accident or Negligence?

On Jun 30, 2016, a young boy on board the Royal Caribbean fell into a pool on the ship, suffering from injuries during the fall. While initial reports suggested the boy was still alive and in critical condition, it was later reported that his condition worsened. According to the medical examiner’s office of New York City, the boy died of accidental drowning. A preexisting seizure disorder may have also been a contributing factor in the death.

It is not clear at this time whether a lifeguard was on duty, if there was any immediate action taken to revive the boy onsite, or how long the boy was left unattended. Negligence on part of the cruise ship could be a factor in the drowning, especially if lifeguards were absent during this time. As this is a developing story, there is no information on whether the parents of this boy will be pressing charges. There is, however, speculation that some legal action will be taken by the family against the cruise line.

Maritime Law and Cruise Line Deaths

Personal injury or death on a cruise ship typically results in some type of court case and financial settlement, either to alleviate medical care costs or to provide a grieving family with some comfort following a senseless loss. Maritime law cases like these are not typically complicated, particularly in cases of accidental death. If the cruise ship showed any negligence on their part, they need to provide the necessary compensatory action steps to take care of their guests.

Act Now

Hiring a professional attorney experienced in dealing with the hospitality industry is crucial if you or a loved one has been injured on a cruise ship. The Miami maritime attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz, PA have a years of professional experience dealing with cruise ship cases and understand the importance of getting the reward you deserve. Call today for a FREE consultation on your case. You can reach us at 1-877-475-2905. Additionally, feel free to send us an email at info@gslawusa.com. Our first consultation is to get a deeper understanding of your particular case, and you will not owe any fees unless we take on the case and collect money on your behalf.


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