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More Details Emerge From Passenger Death on Royal Princess

As we shared on Nov. 14, a 52 year old female passenger fell to her death aboard the Royal Princess as the cruise ship was sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Aruba on a Southern Caribbean itinerary. While the cause of her death is still unclear, more details have emerged, including reports that she was seen arguing with a man. Per the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, “the woman who died had been seen struggling with a man and fell from a deck and onto a lifeboat.” This information came from the Aruba news website Diario.aw. The FBI is investigating and apparently an autopsy has already been made. Reports are the the husband of the woman was aboard the ship as well and is cooperating with the investigation. Deaths on the high seas are more common that most passengers tend to believe. Accidents occur. Suicides happen. And other incidents that lead to death – fights, arguments and more – account for the ~20 reported deaths per year that occur on cruise ships….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Help For Family Members of Cruise Ship Accident Victims

The following is an actual inquiry we received from a family member who was reaching out to our firm. They wanted to find out what they should do after their mother was involved in a fall aboard a cruise ship. I’m contacting you on behalf of my mother who suffered a fall on a cruise liner. She was seen at the ship’s infirmary where she was given medication for initial pain. Just a little over one month after the incident, she continues to have some pains in her left arm and back area. She has since seen her primary care and has had a MRI revealing that symptoms were incurred from her fall. I would like to request a consultation at earliest convenience. Inquiries like this are very common. Often, an elderly passenger who suffers an injury due to an accident while on a cruise is not able to communicate as they would like. Family members help them, arranging medical visits and care. They will also help their parents by contacting a personal injury attorney to see….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Fatal Tender Mishap on Holland America Line’s Maasdam in Rarotonga

A cruise passenger on board Holland America Line’s Maasdam was killed on November 7th when she slipped and fell between a tender and the HAL cruise ship. At the time of the incident, the ship was in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. The source of the information is a passenger, wishing to remain anonymous, who stated that: . . . the seas were very rough and it was debatable whether we should have been tendering at all. She was traveling by herself. It would appear that this incident is being covered up. The safety on this ship is rather haphazard.” The passenger later stated that “the tender service was definitely operated by HAL. The staff members were offered counseling by phone.  I am particularly surprised how unsafe it is on their tenders . . . This particular day was the roughest I have ever seen at sea.  It was definitely not safe and that poor lady paid the ultimate price.” The Maasdam is currently sailing on a 28 night….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Royal Caribbean Denied Summary Judgement in Passenger Death Lawsuit

According to an article in the Florida Record, “Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. isn’t entitled to its motion for summary judgement in a wrongful death case, the United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida ruled on October 17.” This refers a case in which Todd Skokan and Lisa Skokan sued Royal Caribbean for the wrongful death of their son, Nathan Skokan in December of 2016 aboard the Independence of the Seas. Nathan fell overboard. The family had filed an Amended Complaint earlier in 2018, stating three claims for relief for wrongful death under the Death of the High Seas Act, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment. The defendant, Royal Caribbean sought a summary judgment on all counts. The court denied that judgement (see below with full PDF here). Read the entire ruling here. A summary judgment refers to the defendant asking for a favorable ruling from the court on the basis that the plaintiff no genuine….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Woman Killed in Holland America Tender Accident on Maasdam

A message board posting at CruiseCritic.com and another at CruiseLawNews.com indicate that a passenger died in a tender accident, the small boat shuttle that ferries passengers to and from the cruise ship to shore. The accident occurred on Holland America’s Maasdam while the ship was in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Read the message board posting here. Read the Cruise Law News posting here. While it may be early, both websites are generally reliable sources of information. While information can travel quickly, Massdam is about as remote as most cruise ships cruise…1,400 miles east of Fiji and 2,000 mile northeast of New Zealand in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Full details from this accident may take time to formalize. If the Holland America owns the tender and the tenders are operated by the cruise line’s own employees, the cruise line could be directly responsible for that accident. Contact Our Firm Today Injured on a cruise vacation? Need to….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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