An Overview of Cruise Ships and the Americans With Disabilities Act

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Cruise ships that are based in the United States and travel to and from the United States ports may be subject to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

There is not a lot of case law regarding this newer area of the law, but there are reported decisions applying the Americans With Disabilities Act against the cruise ship company, including one case that resulted in a settlement requiring the cruise line company to install fully and partially accessible cabins, accessible public restrooms, new signage, coamings, thresholds, stairs, quarters, doorways, restaurant facilities, lounges, spas. It has also been reported that the Americans With Disabilities Act has been enforced by the Justice Department in a case where a cruise line “agreed to pay $100,000 to nine passengers… five deaf or hard-of-hearing passengers and four passengers who used wheelchairs during cruises of the Hawaiian Islands [and another $40,000 in civil fines]”.

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Brett Rivkind is a lawyer that not only cares but also a lawyer that makes a difference. Whether its speaking in congress to help promote safety awareness in legislation or representing clients in court seeking compensation for their injuries, Brett Rivkind is passionate about his dedication toward both promoting safety at sea and helping clients in need who have been harmed at sea.

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“After struggling for more than a year to get the cruise line to take responsibility for a series of medical blunders on board that nearly killed me, I got offered a settlement within weeks of turning to acclaimed Maritime Attorney Brett Rivkind for help”

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