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Carnival Cruise Line Accident Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Personal Injury On A Carnival Cruise?

Carnival Cruise Line personal injury claimThere is no denying that cruise holidays are very popular with UK tourists. There are so many different types of cruises that you can go on today. This includes explorations around the world as well as cruises around specific countries. Carnival Cruise Line is an international cruise line offering exceptional cruises to suit  many different appetites. All cruise providers owe their guests a duty of care. In this guide, we are going to take a look at how to make a personal injury claim if you have been injured in an while on a cruise ship. Here at Legal Expert, we have many years of experience in the industry and we have helped many people to get the compensation that they deserve when they have been injured on holiday. If you have any specific questions about your case, you can give us a call – the number is 0800 073 8804 and we will be more than willing to help. But first, continue reading to find out information about  potential personal injury claims on a cruise ship.

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A Guide To Personal Injury And Illness Claims On A Carnival Cruise

Carnival Cruise line is an international cruise line that is headquartered in Florida. At the moment, it is the biggest cruise line in the entire world, based on the total number of ships in the fleet, annual revenue, and the number of passengers carried on a yearly basis. This company has a great selection of high-quality ships for people to choose from. The most recent ship built for Carnival Cruises is the Carnival Horizon, which has a guest capacity of 3960.

There are so many different cruise ship companies providing tourists with exciting trips all around the world and Carnival Cruise line is just one of these. This guide explains how accidents and injuries could occur on a Carnival Cruise.

In this guide, we will reveal everything that you need to know about going forward with a legal compensation claim for injuries suffered due to negligence or error of a third party. We will take a look at the rules and regulations that are in place around the world, which protect you in such a circumstance. We will also take a look at examples of holiday accident incidents and injuries claims that you may want to launch. This includes things like food poisoning, as well as accidents that have happened while on a transfer coach or bus. Aside from this, we will explain the claim process and how it works, including looking at different payment structures in place and explaining more about the service that we provide. If you still have any queries by the time you finish reading this guide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more information. Will be more than willing to help you in any way that we can.

Examples Of Potential Cruise Ship Injuries Or Illness

There are  different injuries and illnesses that could be potentially experienced while on a cruise ship. Food poisoning is an illnesses some people experience while on holiday in general, let alone on cruise ship holidays. If you have experienced food poisoning while onboard a ship, it can really ruin your holiday. All food providers must provide allergen content whether it is on packaging, included in the menu or staff are informed so that they can relate it to customers. Failure to do this could result in a passenger having an allergic reaction. Furthermore, all parts of the ship must be kept hazard free so that passengers are not put in harms way especially when it comes to slip trip and fall hazards that could lead to injuries such as soft tissue damage, ligament damage, neck injuries, back injuries etc

Examples Of Causes And Types Of Cruise Ship Accidents

Now that you have a good idea regarding different types of injuries and illnesses that could occur on a ship, it is worth taking a look at how these injuries could happen. Below, you will be able to see a number of different examples of how accidents could potentially happen on cruise ships. However, if the type of accident that you have experienced is not listed below, please do not panic. This is not an exclusive list.

– Medical malpractice

– Slips and falls, which could be caused by the likes of defective rails, broken steps of stairs, damaged flooring, spillages.

– Injuries that happened because of falling objects on the vessel

– Food poisoning or a food allergy reaction

– Escalator and elevator accidents at sea

Maritime Law And Cruise Operators Liability For Your Safety

It is important to be aware of the fact that all cruise ship companies owe their customers a duty of care. There are a number of different legislation that are in place all over the world that are applicable to cruise ship businesses. This means that no matter where in the world you were or on what cruise ship you are on, you should expect high levels of health and safety. This includes the Shipping Act of 1984. Perhaps the most significant piece of legislation is the Athens Convention. This takes priority over the law in the United Kingdom when it comes to cruise ships are sailing on international waters . This means that if you were injured through negligence while out on sea outside of the UK, it is very likely that your personal injury lawyer will be using the Athens Convention to build your case. This is even more so likely when you take into account the fact that the Athens Convention is not only for accidents that happened on the cruise ship but also covers illnesses as well, for example, food allergies and bacterial illnesses.

How Much Time Do You Have To Make A Cruise Ship Accident Claim?

Some people do not recognise that there is a personal injury claims time limit in place that needs to be adhered to. Some people believe that they have got all of the time in the world to make a cruise ship accident claim and so they don’t see the need to hurry. This is why we always advise that if you want to make a personal injury claim to do so as soon as possible. Plus, the sooner you make a cruise ship compensation claim, the more straight forward it will be because all of the details will be fresh in your mind.

In the UK we have a time limit of 3 years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of diagnosis. However, if you make a claim under the Athens Convention, as you may have been in international waters when the incident occurred you only have two years to make a case.

Potential Cabin And Accommodation Area Accidents

Now we are going to take a quick look at the different types examples of accident and injuries that could take place. Let’s begin by taking a look at some of the different accidents that could happen on the cruise ship in your accommodation. This could be in your room or it could be while using the many facilities that are found within cruise ships today.

It is important for the ships staff to maintain the up keep of the cabins, so that any wear and tear that could potentially harm people is repaired or replaced. Damaged fixtures and fitting could have sharp or protruding parts and could cause lacerations to passengers. .

If the cruise ship that you are in has a swimming pool, and this is not maintained properly, you could easily fall ill. A chemical imbalance could cause you to become sick. You could potentially also suffer an injury if you have been using the cruise ship gym and the equipment has not been maintained properly.

If you have suffered an injury of illness while cruising on a Carnival Cruise call Legal Expert and they can assess whether or not you could pursue a claim for compensation.

Coach And Transfer Bus Accidents

Have been injured while on a coach or bus as part of the transfer or excursion? Perhaps you were involved in the road traffic accident while on one of the tours provided, or, maybe you were injured while taking a coach to the port to get onto your cruise ship? Call legal Expert today to see if you can make a holiday road traffic accident claim.

Boat Transfer Accidents That Could Occur

It is important to recognise that not all transfers happen via bus or coach. You may have had to take a transfer via a small boat. All parts of your package holiday providers owe you at all times a duty of care if they breach this duty of care and you become injured then you may have grounds to pursue a compensation claim.

Norovirus, Food Poisoning And Other Illnesses

As mentioned earlier, food poisoning is a common type of illness that some people suffer from when they are on holiday. Most cases of food poisoning only tend to last for a couple of days. However, when you have paid so much money for your holiday, a couple of days sick in bed is something that you cannot afford to lose. Of course, there are cases of very serious and severe food poisoning and some people have even experienced life-threatening symptoms because of this. If you have suffered food poisoning while on board a cruise ship and it has been medically proven that the food you have eaten has caused you to have food poisoning call us today for your free consultation so that we can go through the merits of your case.

In the UK, it is the law that all food establishments print allergen information on their packaging or if food is not packaged, then they need to make sure the customer is aware of what allergens are present, either through putting this on the menu or simply informing them face-to-face. If you have informed the ship regarding your food allergies, however have been served and eaten the food you are allergic to causing a reaction you may have grounds for a claim. In addition, all cruise companies need to make sure that ships are fully sanitised and cleaned properly especially if there is an outbreak of norovirus. If this has not happened, and there is norovirus present you could easily fall sick.

Personal Injury Claim Calculator

One thing many possible claimants want to know is how much compensation they are going to receive if they go ahead and make a personal injury claim for a Carnival Cruise accident. You may have used a personal injury claims calculator online but these often have printed below a disclaimer that the sum would not be definitely what you’d receive. The truth is that no one can give you a fully accurate figure regarding the amount of money that you are going to get because all cases are different and they are treated as such. A good thing to do is look at the cases that have been made before yours and to use this to get an understanding of the average payout amount. In the table are compensation amounts for certain injuries and illnesses suffered

Type Of Injury/IllnessSeverityCompensation RangeFurther Notes
Hand injuryModerate Injury £5,110 to £11,640The range in this category starts with soft tissue, lacerations, deep wounds, crushing injuries, the top brackets is reserved for permanent damage.
Arm injuryLess Severe Injury £16,830 to £34,340 The range in this category includes significant disability but a substantial degree of recovery is expected.
Finger injuryFracture of index finger £7,990 to £10,730 Fracture has recovered but grip remains impaired.
Back injuryModerate Injury £10,970 to £34,000The range in this category starts with as disturbance of ligaments and muscles giving rise to backache, soft tissue injuries, prolapsed discs to incidents of a compression/crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae where there is a substantial risk of osteoarthritis. The impact on daily life will play a significant part.
Neck injuryMinor Injury Up to £2,150Recovery within 3 months.
Ankle injuryModest Injuries Up to £12,050The range in this category includes sprains and soft tissue damage and displaced fractures.
Foot injurySevere Injury£36,800 to £61,410The range in this category includes fractures to both heels, significant pain and restriction.

What Can My Cruise Ship Claim Compensate Me For?

If you are proceeding to make a Carnival Cruise personal injury claim there are two types of damages you should be aware of; General damages is a term that is used to describe the money that you will receive to cover the injuries that you have sustained. The amount you are awarded will take into account the severity of the original injury you suffered as well as any symptoms and the impact that your injury is having on your life. Special damages relate to any out of pocket expenses that you have had to fund because of your injury. For example, you may have experienced a loss of income because you’ve been unable to work because of your injury. Other types of special damages include the likes of counselling expenses, travel costs, and childcare expenses.

Steps To Take If Injured Or Sick On A Cruise Ship

When making a personal injury claim, your holiday injury solicitor is largely to be responsible for making sure that you get the maximum compensation possible for your case. However, there are a number of things that you could to gather evidence. The first and perhaps one of the most important thing to do is to make sure that you see a doctor, as you may require treatment but also so a medical report of your injury is completed, although solicitors can in some cases arrange for you to get a retrospective report by an independent medic. Also have you incident logged in the accident book. All companies are required to record accidents and injuries by law, and so going down this channel will ensure that there is a record of what happened to you. Aside from this, you should see if there are any other ways that you can build evidence to support your claim. For example, you could take photographs of the scene or you could get witness statements.

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Helpful Links

Royal Caribbean Cruises – A similar guide to this, but focusing on Royal Caribbean Cruises

Cruise Ship Claims – More general guidelines.

Package tours including cruises – Details on package holidays.

Edited By Melissa.

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