Cruise Ship Accidents on Tender Boats
If you’ve been injured while travelling on a cruise ship tender boat, determining who is responsible may be tricky, as the tender boat may not necessarily be run by the cruise ship operator. However, our Holiday Claims Solicitors are experts in travel law, so can help you establish liability so you can claim compensation.
We have a strong track record of helping people obtain compensation following an accident on holiday. For example:
Why Do Tender Boat Accidents Happen?
Many cruise ships don’t pull into the port to allow passengers to go on day trips and excursions, and instead use smaller vessels called tender boats to transport passengers to and from land. While this can often be an easy and efficient option for both cruise operators and passengers, they also present new potential injury hazards.
Cruise ship accidents on tender boats can occur for many reasons, including:
- Boarding, travelling and disembarking in rough weather
- Poor maintenance of the tender boat
- Inadequate training of crew members
- Not enough personnel manning the tender boat
The fact that many passengers may not be used to getting on and off a tender boat can also be a factor that leads to many slip, trip and fall accidents, and something crew members need to be mindful of.
Common injuries resulting from tender boat accidents include:
- Bone fractures
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal bleeding
- Back injuries
- Deep cuts and scars
- Tendon and ligament tears
- Crush injuries
Any or all of these injuries could leave a cruise ship passenger requiring extensive medical treatment, both in the short and long-term. And depending on the severity of their injury, they may need additional care and support long after their immediate injuries have been treated.
Their condition may also force them to spend time off work, or be unable to continue in their current role or in any form of meaningful employment whatsoever. The financial pressures created by all this can be overwhelming. However, you may be able to obtain compensation if it can be proven that the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence.
Our specialist Solicitors can help you make a holiday accident claim that genuinely reflects your circumstances, bearing in mind the pain and suffering you’ve experienced, any loss of income and the medical expenses you’ve incurred.
What Evidence Can Help Your Claim?
There are many useful forms of evidence that could prove decisive in your claim. For instance:
- Photographs and/or videos of the location where the accident took place
- Photographs of your injuries
- Witness statements from fellow passengers. If possible, gather contact information from witnesses following your accident, so they can back up your version of events
- An accident report from the cruise ship operator
A written record from the doctor who treated you after your accident, outlining the extent and severity of your injuries, and what treatment you were given.
To support this evidence, your Solicitor can arrange for you to undergo an independent medical assessment, so we have an objective, third party record of your condition and your long-term prognosis.
Who is Responsible?
The cruise company you booked with may operate a tender boat themselves, or perhaps hire a local operator to transport passengers between land and the cruise ship. As a result, establishing who is responsible for the accident could be difficult, which is why it’s best to contact our Holiday Claims Solicitors who have many years of experience in travel law.
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