An accident aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship has caused its second death after one of the people affected by the accident died in an intensive care unit in Florida recently. The Norwegian Breakaway was the name of the vessel in question, and according to our source article, a life boat fell off the side of the vessel and struck a group of people. One person was killed, and now a second life has been claimed. Details were scarce, but there will be a lot of questions about the safety of the Norwegian Breakaway.
One of the things to realize about cruise ship accidents in general is that there are rarely circumstances that relate to, say, a Costa Concordia. Instead, most cruise ship accidents deal with on-board negligence and accidents — not massive ships hitting rocks or jetties.
For example, were you injured aboard a cruise ship because the facilities were inadequate or lacking in certain safety measures? Were the employees aboard the vessel properly trained or following protocol in case of an emergency? Did you injure yourself on the vessel due to a spilled liquid that wasn’t properly addressed by the staff?
These are circumstances that can lead to serious injuries, harm and pain and suffering for innocent people who are just looking to have a good time aboard a cruise ship. When people are harmed aboard a cruise ship as a result of operator negligence, contractor or subcontractor negligence, or due to a tragic accident that could have been prevented, the victims or their loved ones need to consider legal help.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a cruise ship accident, the Law Offices of John W. Merting can help you explore your legal options.
Source: Royal Gazette, “Second death from cruise ship accident,” Jonathan Bell, Sept. 19, 2016