Maritime News & Info

Virginia Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer | Maritime Injury AttorneyAn appellate court recently opened the door for cruise ship doctors to be held liable for medical malpractice.

The ruling came a few months ago in a case dealing with a wrongful death lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. An elderly passenger had suffered an injury while visiting Bermuda and had sought treatment at the ship’s hospital while it was docked. The passenger subsequently slipped into a coma and died a week later.

His daughter’s wrongful death lawsuit was dismissed due to the immunity usually afforded cruise lines under these circumstances. However, an appellate judge reversed the decision, declaring Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. liable for the death of the passenger.

This is, frankly, a relief. For too long, cruise ships have been able to avoid responsibility for any serious medical harm that befalls their passengers in the cruise ships’ hospitals and medical wards. Cruise ship accidents and injuries happen all-too-often, and the results can be incredibly debilitating and—as in the case of this wrongful death lawsuit—sadly fatal. It is vital that cruise ships, like any other responsible party, are found guilty when they have done something wrong. Rulings like the one detailed above can bring a measure of justice to those who have suffered injury or grief due to a cruise line.

Authorities responded to the scene of a Virginia Beach jet ski accident in which two women were injured. The accident occurred in waters off of Spigel Drive, which is near the Lynnhaven River, leaving one woman with traumatic injuries and the other with a burn injury.

According to reports, one woman was attempting to start the jet ski when it caught on fire. One person was injured when the jet ski exploded and the other when attempting to assist her friend.

A witness said, “It was a loud boom. It sounded like a bomb – it was that loud of a noise. I looked out the window and I saw a huge plume of smoke and fire – about 20-feet tall.”

As a result of the accident, both women were immediately transported to a local hospital. Despite the seriousness of the situation, their injuries are not considered life threatening.

Jet Ski Recalls

Several major Jet Ski manufacturers have been known to produce defective products. Kawasaki recalled 24,000 JF650-B1/B2 two seat jet skis after discovering a faulty fuel system that could cause a fire or explosion. Bombardier Corporation, the manufacturer of the popular Sea-Doo brand, has also issued recalls involving faulty fuel systems that posed an explosion risk.

If you’d like to find out more information about Jet Ski recalls, you should contact the manufacturer of the watercraft.

Injured by a Defective Jet Ski?

If you’ve been injured in a Jet Ski accident and you suspect that a product defect could have caused the accident, your may want to contact a products liability lawyer. If you’d like to speak with an attorney in our office, contact us (877-544-5323) for a free consultation.

On Friday, May 2nd a fatal boating accident happened on Smith Mountain Lake after two boats collided. The occupants of both boats were participating in a late-night fishing tournament when the accident occurred. The operator of one boat was possibly speeding when it crashed into another. Sadly, one man was killed. Another man is currently in the hospital with serious injuries. The Department of Game and Fisheries said that speed was a factor in the accident, and charges are pending.


A police boat in Norfolk, Virginia overturned during a motor test, injuring two civilians along with three police officers, according to authorities.

The police were reportedly testing the boat’s motors off of a local marina when the boat overturned; two civilians were subsequently brought to the shore along with three police officers, where they were evaluated by paramedics before being transported to two local hospitals. The rescue was assisted by two response boats and a helicopter.

I sincerely hope that the injured parties make a swift recovery; as a Norfolk, Virginia-based maritime injury lawyer, I know how injurious boat injuries and boat accidents can be, given the danger of the water and the possibility that medical assistance is far away at the time.

The United States Coast Guard has announced that it will conduct surprise inspections on numerous cruise ships for the rest of the year.

The inspections will be brief and will work to avoid the delay of a cruise ship’s schedule; only serious flaws in a ship’s management that expose passengers or crew to danger will merit a longer examination. The unannounced inspections will come in addition to the routine Certificate of Compliance exams to which cruise ships are already subject, and are intended to provide officials with a “snapshot” of a cruise ship’s maintenance when maritime inspectors are not normally on-board. Conditions such as fire hazards, lifesaving equipment and other vital services will be inspected for compliance.

As a personal injury lawyer with a specialty in maritime injury, I applaud the coast guard’s move to ensure that all cruise lines are safe for passengers and crew. As we’ve seen in recent months and years, some cruise ships are dangerous and hazardous places that present serious health and injury concerns to passengers. Making sure that ships are in compliance with standard safety rules is critically necessary in ensuring the least amount of passenger injury or fatality. When you’re on a cruise, you’re on vacation—you shouldn’t worry about being in the hospital.