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Defective Cruise Ship Equipment

Cruise ships are increasingly becoming one of the most popular holiday options. Taking your family on a cruise ship holiday can be a great way to bring them all together for a great experience. When you sail on a cruise ship, you will be able to see the world, often allowing you to visit some of the most iconic and beloved destinations in the world. However, occasionally, you might experience a problem on the boat. Often, this can occur if the boat is equipped with defective equipment. When this type of equipment malfunctions, your safety can be put at risk. Let’s look at what you can do if you experience a device malfunction while on a cruise.

Problems With Defective Equipment

There are multiple ways that you might encounter a defective piece of equipment while you are on a cruise. For example, the elevator might break down or the electric doors might not be able to open. Depending on the type of equipment that breaks down, this can lead to significant problems. For example, you might be seriously injured if you need to rely on a defective piece of safety equipment during an emergency. Alternatively, a piece of equipment might not be stowed properly and could dislodge after your boat hits a wave. This equipment could then hit you, causing you to have an accident. The exact situation often varies, depending on the type of equipment and the defect. For this reason, the effects range from minor inconveniences to major injuries.

What Is Defective Equipment?

If you need to file a lawsuit because of an incident involving defective equipment, you will need to show that the equipment was faulty. This can occasionally be a very difficult claim to prove. However, there are a few ways that the equipment can be faulty. First, it might not have the correct safety equipment displayed. This can lead to you to operating the device incorrectly, leading to injury. In this case, you might have a strong case against the cruise line. Alternatively, the device might have significant design problems. For example, a hose might have cracks in it, weakening the amount of pressure that it can excerpt.

Who Can Pursue A Claim For Defective Equipment?

If you’ve been injured as a result of defective equipment on a cruise ship, you want to know whether you will be able to get compensated for your injuries. Thankfully, there are multiple groups of people who can pursue a claim for defective equipment. The most common situation is when passengers get injured by these devices. When this occurs, they can claim for any injuries or damages that they received from defective equipment. Sailors might also have a claim if they receive damages from faulty equipment as they try to do their jobs. In addition, cruise ships usually have some level of liability if one of their crew members gets injured. However, this situation can often be a bit more complex.

When you are on a cruise ship crew, it is assumed that you will be able to complete your job competently. This includes being able to operate any equipment that is involved with the operation. For this reason, some companies will try to allege that the damages occurred because the crew member used the equipment incorrectly.  Your lawyer will need to be able to show that this wasn’t the case, providing that you followed the correct safety protocols. Often, this can be done by getting witnesses to provide testimony on your behavior. Records like video footage of the accident can also be useful when creating your case.

How Much Damages Are You Entitled To?

If you get injured on a cruise ship, you might be wondered how much compensation you will receive. However, this amount can often vary. First, your lawyer will need to consider the circumstances in which the accident occurred. This can help them determine important factors like who is at fault. For example, was the cruise ship crew negligent or did the equipment manufacturer create the defect? Also, it will depend on how severe your damages were. Generally, the more intense your injuries, the more compensation you are entitled to. Finally, your actions might influence the amount of damages you received. For example, if you knew the device is defective, but choose to use it anyway, your case could be seriously compromised.

Hire An Experienced Lawyer

One of the most important things that you should do after being injured by a defective piece of equipment on a cruise ship is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. They will be able to analyze your case and decide on the best course of action. As we’ve discussed, there are multiple variables that your lawyer will need to consider when making this judgment. For example, the defect and the way in which you acted can often have a big impact on your case. In addition, your lawyer might need to find resources that they can use to verify your version of events. For example, they might be able to use camera footage or accident reports as evidence. Finally, they will need to file a case with the appropriate organizations. In some situations, there will be a limit on how long they have to file a lawsuit. If you don’t file within this period, you might not be able to get damages, so it’s important to contact your lawyer as quickly after the accident as possible. By hiring an experienced lawyer, they will be able to guide you through the case. This is especially important in this complex area of law. In addition, they will be able to use their experience to help ensure that you get the best possible outcome.


Though many people love to spend their holidays on a cruise ship, these vessels can also be potentially dangerous. One of the biggest concerns is if the equipment is defective. Defective equipment can often be responsible for property damage or personal injury on a cruise. Thankfully, you have legal options if this happens to you. One of our experienced lawyers will be able to assess your situation and help you prepare your claim. So, if you have been injured due to defective equipment, contact The Injury Firm today, so we can get you the compensation you deserve.

The Injury Firm

1608 East Commercial Blvd. 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000


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