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Steps To Take If You Get Injured on a Cruise Ship

Updated: Aug 1, 2023


Yellow "Caution Wet Floor" sign in a lobby.

Cruise vacations offer a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. However, accidents can happen even in the midst of paradise. If you find yourself injured on a cruise ship, it's crucial to take immediate action to protect your rights and seek compensation.


In this blog post, we will outline the essential steps to follow if you experience an injury onboard a cruise ship. Whether it's a slip and fall, medical negligence, or any other mishap, being prepared and informed can make a significant difference in your ability to recover and receive the compensation you deserve.


Consider the following 5 steps you can take:


1. Collect Evidence and Report the Incident Immediately

  • Take photographs of the accident scene and any visible injuries, if possible

  • Collect contact information of witnesses, if any

  • Give detailed information about the incident to the ship's personnel

  • Request a written incident report from the ship's personnel

2. Seek Medical Care and Document Injuries

  • Request medical treatment onboard or at the next port

  • Keep any and all medical records, bills, and receipts somewhere safe

3. Follow Medical Treatment and Document Progress

  • Attend follow-up medical appointments and comply with recommended treatments

  • Keep records of your medical progress (including any ongoing pain or limitations!)

4. Revisit Your Cruise Contract
  • Carefully revisit the terms and conditions portion of your cruise contract

  • Identify any clauses related to liability, notice requirements, or time limitations for filing claims

5. Consult with an Injury Attorney
  • Seek legal advice from an experienced injury or maritime attorney

  • Understand your rights and options for pursuing a claim


Suffering an injury on a cruise ship can be an overwhelming and frightening experience, but by following these steps quickly and with decisive action, you can protect your rights and seek appropriate compensation.


Please remember that this post offers a general overview and should not be considered as legal advice. Always consult with an attorney with the experience necessary to secure fair compensation for you. The Edmonson Law Firm welcomes you to start a dialogue by visiting our Personal Injury page to fill out our injury questionnaire, or call our office at (678) 271-9111 and we'd be happy to assist you then.



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