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Common Causes of Accidents of Cruise Lines

There are over 22 million cruise passengers per year leaving U.S. ports. As a result, cruise passengers sourced from the United States accounted for 61 percent of all passengers carried by North American cruise lines. Overall, the growth in the cruise industry in the U.S. rose 2.4 percent to $20.1 billion in 2013. While this growth is great for the economy, it also means that more accidents and injuries are bound to happen. A cruise should be a relaxing and accident-free experience. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident you...

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Medical Malpractice on Cruise Ships: Negligent Doctors on the High Seas

Maritime Law is slowly beginning to adapt to the modernization of the massive cruise line industry. Cruise companies are able to bypass many laws and regulations that consumers are accustomed to on the mainland. One such regulation is providing medical care while at sea. Although cruise liners now have medical staffs and facilities, there are no regulations as to what these facilities must contain or what the qualifications of the medical staff must be. Cruise ships have usually not been held liable for medical malpractice that occurs on their ships. Troubled Waters The rule that has been commonly followed...

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Seastreak Ferry Crash Injures 85 Near New York’s Financial District

A high-speed ferry crashed into a dock near New York City’s financial district yesterday, causing commuters to tumble into walls and down stairs, and resulting in injuries to 85 people. Two of the commuters had critical injuries, and nine had serious wounds. Many of the commuters required medical attention for injuries such as concussions. Ferry accidents are not uncommon in commuter areas and can cause traumatic injuries and even death. Who Was Responsible? The question of who is responsible for a ferry accident generally depends on the cause of the accident. It also depends on who runs the ferry....

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CRUISE SHIP LITIGATION

Avoiding The Pitfalls It is estimated that more than 9 million passengers travel on cruises departing North American ports each year. Cruise ships are not merely common carriers, they are virtual floating cities, and like any city, injuries and deaths occur due to negligence. The litigation of cases involving the cruise lines is replete with procedural and substantive pitfalls that can trap all but the most seasoned cruise ship litigators. Special consideration must be given to a shortened statute of limitations and forum selection clauses. For injuries or deaths stemming from negligence associated with cruise ships, the contract, which...

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