Cruise Ship Employees Rights

Cruise ship employees can be victim to the same negligence, assaults and injuries as the passengers. More than not the cruise line will try and cover up these incidences.

Often times we hear about cruise ship passangers’ horror stories where someone was assaulted, fallen overboard, or even murdered. However, we rarely hear about the atrocities that happen to those on the other side of the ship….the employees.

Cruise ship employees can be victim to the same negligence, assaults and injuries as the passengers. More than not the cruise line will try and cover up these incidences. The second an employee is injured the cruise line will bombard them with paperwork to fill out. In the depths of this mound of paper may be a liability release that a traumatized employee may overlook. It’s rather common for cruise lines to include this same camouflaged liability release into passenger contracts. In order to prevent being dubbed and tricked out of compensation, you need to take certain steps.

First of all, you should know your labor rights and know what OSHA is. OSHA is a department within the U.S. Department of Labor. They are concerned with ensuring the safety, health and welfare of employees.

Now here is what you should do after an incident that you feel might or does violate your rights.

– Take notice of anyone that might have seen the accident. These may be valuable witnesses latter.
– Take note of the time, area, and anything around you that could have contributed to the incident.
– If you are physically incapacitated, find another employee from the security or administration department and report the injury.
– If they do not offer to provide you with a form for a written statement, request one. Fill this form out to describe the incident. Even if the details are damaging toward the company…..include them!
– Make a copy of the written report and store in a safe place.
– File the report with your immediate supervisor and administration.
– Try to take photographs of where the incident occurred and anything the contributed to the incident.
– Find the people that witnessed the incident and record their names, address, telephone, etc..
– See the nearest doctor
– Request a copy of that medical record.
– Do not sign anything other than your written incident report. Any other paperwork should be delayed until you are able to speak with a lawyer.
– Contact an experienced maritime lawyer, personal injury lawyer, or personal injury lawyer that specializes in maritime law.

Also, be aware that maritime laws are different than land laws. Furthermore, cruise ships will often fall into whatever country the ship is registered in. These complications are another reason that a lawyer should be contacted immediately.