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For cruise passengers, ships are full of hazards

With swimming pools, restaurants, shopping and dance clubs aboard; many of today's cruise ships are more akin to floating cities than ships. The cruise industry is enjoying a growth in popularity as the American Association of Port Authorities reports that from 2003 to 2013, there was a 77 percent increase in demand for cruise vacations which equated to roughly $117 billion in revenue worldwide.

While the television commercials and glossy brochures produced by cruise line companies tout the many amenities and exotic locals, cruise passengers are also often subjected to many dangers and hazards while aboard a ship.

There's a lot that can go wrong while aboard a cruise ship that is carrying hundreds to thousands of passengers and crew members and where everyone is literally packed on top of one another. For example; pool decks, stairwells and raised doorsills all pose slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall hazards which can result in an individual suffering painful injuries that require both immediate and ongoing medical care.

Additionally, while fairly rare, annually an estimated 20 cruise passengers fall overboard. While some overboard incidents are intentional or criminal in nature, others result when passengers drink too much or engage in other reckless behaviors.

Many of today's cruise ships also include one or more swimming pools which pose many inherent dangerous. From injuries suffered due to accidental drownings and entrapment in pool drains to those suffered on a pool's slippery deck; cruise passengers must be vigilant when in or around a pool. This is especially important for parents when a child is playing in or near a pool.

Individuals who suffered injuries while aboard a cruise ship may choose to discuss their case with an attorney. An attorney will evaluate an individual's case and help determine if legal action is appropriate and, if so, can represent an individual's best interests in the recovery of compensation.

Source: Pro Publica "Cruise Control: Our one-stop shop for health and safety data on cruise ships," Lena Groeger, May 2015

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