Cruise Ship Accident Prompts Wave of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Cruise Ship Accident Prompts Wave of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Two weeks after the Crown Princess cruise ship unexpectedly tilted at Port Canaveral leaving hundreds of passengers seriously injured, the first wave of the flood of potential personal injury lawsuits have been filed.

On July 18, 2006, the cruise ship violently tipped on its side for approximately 30 seconds sending passengers and objects flying across the decks. Of the 3,100 passengers on the ship, at least 240 suffered some degree of physical injury including bruises and broken bones.

Other passengers also reported suffering from severe emotional stress as a result of the cruise ship accident including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety.

The president of Princess Cruise Lines admitted the accident was the result of human error in a statement released last week. Allegedly, a crewmember misunderstood an automatic pilot gauge and overcorrected the ship in the wrong direction causing the accident.

Because the cruise line voluntarily admitted liability, personal injury lawyers are predicting a mass of lawsuit will be filed in the next few weeks.

“It could be multi-million dollar verdicts,” said attorney Jack Hickney. “I would guess most of the 240 who were injured are going to file claims against this line and so they should.”

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