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Shape up or Ship out: Cruise Ship Accidents

Last month, Brian Rice fell four stories from a balcony on the ninth deck of the Carnival Horizon. Rice, a father of two, died as a result of a blunt force trauma injury resulting from the fall. His death is being ruled an accident, though an investigation is still ongoing.

Salvatore Anello was charged by Puerto Rican authorities in the July death of his granddaughter, 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand. Chloe fell from an open window that Salvatore thought was closed on the 11th story of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in Puerto Rico on July 7. The accident occurred while the ship was docked in San Juan.  Puerto Rico’s Justice Department arrested Salvatore on the charge of negligent homicide.

There was no joy for recent passengers aboard the Norwegian Joy. Authorities say 19 people on this Norwegian Cruise Line ship reported flu-like illnesses in Nov. as they reached a Southern California port. The Los Angeles Fire Department says authorities were called to evaluate patients after they fell ill on the ship. It was the same ship that paramedics responded to a week earlier after four passengers became ill.

Two Americans were killed and five others were injured during a bus crash in Belize, as they traveled in the country as part of a Carnival Cruise Line shore excursion. The seven Carnival guests who were involved in the bus accident were traveling on a seven-day voyage on the Carnival Vista ship. The ship departed Galveston, Texas, on Nov. 23.

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Cruise ship accidents are more commonplace than you might think. If you or a loved one has been the victim of injury or harm while onboard a cruise ship or during a shore excursion, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Call Florida-based Corless Barfield Trial Group today at 813-258-4998. Our experienced injury attorneys represent those whose lives were impacted by the negligence of cruise lines.

All cruise lines must ensure that their passengers and employees are safe from the risk of serious injuries. If you suffered injuries while aboard a ship, and you believe that a cruise line failed in their duty to protect you from harm, you may be entitled to a recovery for your damages.

If you experienced a slip and fall, sexual assault, shore excursion injury, food poisoning or contaminated food, unsafe conditions (such as defective handrails), tender boat accidents, cruise ship medical malpractice, or onboard fires, call Corless Barfield Trial Group at 813-258-4998.

Whether your personal injury claim is subject to Florida state, federal, or international law, our knowledgeable and experienced accident attorneys are ready to handle even the most complex cases. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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