Cruise Line Passengers Falling in Drained Swimming Pools at Night

Cruise Ship, Maritime and Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Miami, Florida & Nationwide

Posted: October 8, 2008

We have been involved in litigation against Carnival Cruise Lines, and other cruise lines, in regard to swimming pool accidents. Specifically, the cruise lines drain the swimming pools every night. When they drain the pools they fix a net over the pool, but the netting is not designed to hold the weight of a person. The crewmembers typically do not tie the netting up so that it would hold the weight of a person. Yet, some cruise lines, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, continue to use these nets and this method of preventing people of injuring themselves by falling into an empty pool. Further, Carnival knows that passengers typically congregate around the pool deck (Lido Deck). Carnival, and other cruise lines, know that passengers drink, sometimes to excess, on that deck. In fact, there is a pool bar that typically is open and serving drinks at night. Carnival and other cruise lines also know from their experience over the years, that passengers who drink on the pool deck tend to play with the netting over the pool. The passengers either play with the netting using it as a trampoline or they fall back into the net like an acrobat using it as a landing net. The only problem is that the nets are not designed for that and the crewmembers do not tie it up in such a way that will hold a person’s weight. This is a combination that has resulting in very serious injury, including traumatic brain injury from a result of passengers hitting their head on the bottom of the pool. We are experienced in handling cases like this and in handling traumatic brain injuries. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-215-7117 so that we can provide you with the advice you need, the representation you want, and the compensation you deserve. Hickey Law Firm P.A. is led by John H. (Jack) Hickey, who is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. See our website for information on what to do in the event of an injury on a cruise ship: www.hickeylawfirm.com. See also www.cruiseshipassault.com. The bottom line is get medical care immediately, take photos of the area where you were injured, get the names and contact information of witnesses, and report the accident or incident at once. Also, CALL HICKEY LAW FIRM, P.A., TOLL FREE AT: 1.800.215.7117. Our consultations are always free. We work on a contingency fee basis; if we don’t recover, you don’t pay. Personal injury, wrongful death, sexual assaults, and medical malpractice. This all happens on cruise ships and we have handled these types of claims for 28 years.