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Rhode Island maritime personal injury: Injured on a cruise

It is summertime, and people are finally starting to take their breaks from work and school. Many are heading out on their vacations. As Rhode Island residents have quick access to open water, taking cruises is something many are likely to do with their vacation days. While no one wants to think it will happen, accidents do occur while traveling, and the damages suffered from a maritime personal injury can be quite substantial.

When a person has been injured due to another's negligence, it is not uncommon for that individual to seek compensation for any damages sustained as a result. Maritime personal injury cases are treated differently than traditional injury cases. Yes, victims can still seek remuneration for their losses, but where and how legal claims are made is a little different.

In order for a personal injury claim to be brought against a cruise liner, an injured person will have to show, in some way, that the operator of the ship knew of a potential issue but failed to take appropriate action, or the injury was caused due to an employee's negligence. For example, a passenger falling due to a loose railing could be one such issue; a weather-related problem, on the other hand, is not something a ship's operating staff can prevent from happening. Those who believe their injuries were the result of negligence may file personal injury claims against the carriers believed responsible; however, these claims will have to be submitted in whichever state is listed on the back of their tickets -- which can be a challenge in and of itself.

From this very brief overview, it is easy enough to see that a maritime personal injury case is one that will take time to resolve. Maritime law simply is a whole different ball game -- so to speak -- in the world of personal injury cases. It is important to have representation that has vast experience in such matters. Rhode Island residents who have had the unfortunate experience of being injured while taking cruises can seek legal guidance in order to review all available options and proceed in ways that best fit their specific circumstances.

Source: FindLaw, "Cruise Ship Accidents and Liability", Accessed on June 4, 2015

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