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Another Cruise Ship Disaster: Fire Breaks Out on Royal Caribbean Ship

Written by Ankin Law Office

Many people dream of taking a cruise on a luxury liner to tropical or exotic locations. But imagine your dream vacation was met with a catastrophe like fire or a serious accident.

Unfortunately, several cruise ships have been in the headlines lately, not for their travel adventures, but for accidents, injuries, and other misadventures. Earlier this year, Carnival Cruise’s Triumph experienced a fire on the ship that caused the cruise ship to become disabled, leaving passengers stranded aboard for several days and subjecting them to unsanitary and unhealthy conditions.

And just a few weeks ago, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship experienced a Class “A” fire (a fire in solid combustible materials and not involving fuel or other flammable liquids) that caused enough damage to necessitate cancellation of the remainder of the cruise, with the ship’s more than 2,200 passengers flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore.

While many people expect cruises to be their dream vacation, cruise ships can, unfortunately, be dangerous places. Common cruise ship accidents and injuries include:

  • Fires
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Food poisoning
  • Intentional torts, like assault and battery
  • Collisions with piers and other vessels
  • Groundings

If you plan to take a cruise, it is important to remember certain safety precautions. Attend all safety drills, know where the closest life jackets are kept in case of an emergency is declared, pack your own first aid kit, and always be aware of your surroundings. If a cruise ship accident occurs, it is important to stay calm. Oftentimes a dangerous situation is exacerbated when passengers panic.

Cruise ship accidents often involve several complex laws, such as personal injury/negligence, wrongful death, premises liability, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010, the Jones Act and/or workers’ compensation laws. Accordingly, it is important to consult with an attorney that is knowledgeable of all applicable laws.

The Chicago cruise ship accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices are familiar with the wide spectrum of laws and legal theories surrounding a cruise ship accident and we are highly-trained, experienced litigators with the legal skill necessary to pursue your claims following a cruise ship accident. Moreover, our Chicago class action attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims of widespread negligence.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a cruise boat accident, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago cruise ship accident lawyers at Ankin Law Offices at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and remedies.