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Cruise ships often go above and beyond to give passengers options for entertainment aboard the vessel. One of the more popular ways to do this is to install water park rides such as water slides, tube rides, wave pools, surfing simulators, and other rides on the ship. These rides can often be fun for adults and children, but negligent maintenance, supervision, or safety standards can cause injuries to passengers.
If you or a loved one was injured riding on a water park ride on a cruise ship, the injury attorneys at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. might be able to help you fight to get compensation for your injuries. Call our cruise ship water park ride injury and accident attorneys today at (305) 204-5369 to schedule a free legal consultation and learn more about filing a claim against the responsible cruise line or other parties.
Who Is at Fault for Water Park Ride Injuries on a Cruise Ship?
To determine who is at fault for any accident, it is important to look at which parties had a responsibility to keep the victim safe. Legally, a duty like this can be placed on the shoulders of the owner of the property where the injury occurred, the company that operates the ride, or the company that made the ride. In an accident on a cruise ship, suing the property owner or the operator of the ride would mean suing the cruise company.
The cruise line typically has a legal duty to ensure that their ships are safe for passengers and that no hidden dangers or malfunctions are going to cause injuries. They might also have additional duties specifically dealing with amusement park and water park rides, such as a duty to properly maintain and service the rides, a duty to prevent dangerous misuse, and a duty to make sure that their staff and crew properly supervise riders to prevent injuries or provide immediate first aid and lifeguard services if things go wrong. While some elements of riding on a water slide or another water park ride might involve swimming or riding “at your own risk,” that might not excuse the owner and operator of the ride from fulfilling these duties with reasonable care and skill.
In some cases, the ship owner and operator might have done everything they were supposed to do, but injuries were instead caused by a malfunction or design flaw in the ride. If the manufacturer or designer of the ride left in a serious flaw, that company might be responsible for the injuries the mistakes caused.
If you are injured on a cruise ship, you should receive proper first aid and medical attention from the ship’s crew and physician. If they fail to give you reasonable care, stabilize you, and transport you to a hospital for additional care, they might be responsible for any worsened condition or additional injuries. This alone would not make them responsible for the original accident, but it would make them responsible for the injuries or additional harm caused by medical malpractice and negligent emergency care.
Suing for Injuries on Water Slides and Rides on a Cruise
To get compensation for your injuries, you must prove that the cruise ship and cruise line or other defendants were “negligent.” This means proving to the judge and jury the legal duty that the cruise company owed you, showing what they did to breach that duty, and showing that the breach caused your injuries. If you can prove all of these elements, the court will be able to order compensation.
To prove the elements of your case, your attorney will typically produce evidence such as eyewitness testimony about how the accident occurred, your own testimony of what happened leading up to the accident, photographs, video, medical records, and other evidence that shows what injuries you faced and how they happened. Unlike criminal cases that need to be proved “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil lawsuits for personal injury need to be proved “by a preponderance of the evidence.” This essentially means you need to prove it was more likely than not that your story is true, which is a much lower standard.
Damages for Amusement Park and Water Park Rides on a Ship
The damages you can claim in your case can include any damages that resulted from the accident. This can allow you to claim compensation for any financial harms stemming from the injuries, such as medical bills, lost wages, medical transportation, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other costs. You can also claim compensation for the intangible harms you faced, such as the physical pain and mental suffering of the injury and recovery.
To get help calculating the damages in your case, it is important to work with an injury attorney. The cruise company or any other responsible parties will likely try to devalue your case by claiming that it is not worth as much as you think it is – or by altogether arguing that you do not have a case. It is vital to have an attorney who represents you and your best interests help you determine what your case is reasonably worth and whether settlement offers are fair. If you accept a low-ball settlement offer before talking to an attorney, it may block your ability to take your case to court and fight for full compensation, so never accept money from the at-fault party until you talk to a lawyer.
Cruise Ship Accident and Injury Lawyers for On-Board Water Park Rides
If you or a member of your family was injured on a water park ride on the deck of a cruise ship, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind today. Our cruise ship water park ride lawyers for accident and injury victims fight to get our clients the compensation they need to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to their accident. For a free legal consultation on your potential case, call our attorneys today at (305) 204-5369.