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A woman sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Jacksonville fell from her cabin’s balcony and died Jan. 19.

The incident occurred early morning aboard the Carnival Elation. The ship was on a four-day Bahamas cruise from Jacksonville that departed Thursday and was near Freeport, Bahamas at the time of the fall.

The woman fell from the balcony in her stateroom on the 14th deck of the ship to the 11th deck, constituting a two-story fall. The Carnival Elation doesn’t have a 13th deck.

Balconies on the ship meet Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act standards, according to reports.

This is not the first instance of someone falling from a cruise ship deck.  

In October, an 8-year-old Bahamian girl who was tiptoeing over the railing on the fifth floor of the Carnival Glory fell two stories and died. In February, a Georgia man fell overboard from the 11th deck of the Carnival Elation while the ship was near the Bahamas. After searching more than 1,300 square miles, the Coast Guard called off the search for the man a day after the incident.

If you or a loved one was injured in a cruise ship accident or suffered an injury while aboard a cruise ship, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Injuries that happen while aboard a cruise ship are generally subject to maritime law, which governs both domestic law and private international law. With that said, maritime litigation can be quite complex. You need an experienced attorney on your side that is familiar with maritime law. Our Florida Cruise Ship Injury And Maritime Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have widespread experience with cruise ship accidents and are equipped to handle maritime litigation.

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A woman alleges she was injured after falling between a lifeboat and a dock on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship.

The woman filed a complaint on March 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the woman alleges that on Feb. 16, 2016, she suffered physical injuries after falling between a dock and a lifeboat. The suit states that the woman was attempting to board the lifeboat to be transported back to the cruise ship from docks in the Virgin Islands. She holds Norwegian Cruise Line responsible because they allegedly failed to assist or provide her a safe means to board the lifeboat.

Cruise lines have a duty to keep their ships safe and free from hazardous conditions that can cause serious injuries to passengers. When a cruise ship accident occurs due to poor maintenance, lack of security, or improperly trained staff, the cruise line can be held legally responsible for negligence.

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A North Carolina couple allege they were beaten by another passenger while traveling on the Carnival Ecstasy.

The couple filed a lawsuit on Feb. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corp., alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the couple alleges that on Feb. 28, 2016 they were in their cabin when someone knocked at the door. When they opened the door, the attacker pushed the door open and knocked the man down, pinning him with his knees and severely beat and assaulted him. The woman alleges that she was also struck in the face and injured.

The couple holds Carnival Corp. responsible because they failed to provide adequate and proper security to its passengers and violated its own policy by selling excessive alcoholic beverages to the couples’ attacker.

They are seeking more than $100,000 each, costs of this action and such other appropriate relief.

Cruise lines have a duty to provide guests with a safe environment. If an employee is aware of a danger and chooses not to address it, the cruise ship company can be held liable for the damages associated with an assault that occurs as a result.

The most common causes of assault aboard cruises include:

  • Inadequate security
  • Poor lighting
  • Incomplete background checks on employees
  • Broken door locks

If you have been harmed on a cruise ship, you should take immediate action. Timing plays a major role in these cases and you want to report the crime as soon as possible to strengthen your case.

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