Following the tragic White Island volcanic eruption in New Zealand, the spotlight is on the responsibility of tour operators as well as cruise companies to keep their passengers and tour participants safe.

Several Australians are believed to have been killed in the eruption with many more suffering serious injuries. There are reports that most of those injured have suffered burns to at least 30% of their bodies.

Cruise ship passengers were among those on a shore tour at the time of the White Island volcanic eruption.

If you have been injured and/or have loved ones who are killed or injured on a cruise ship; or during a tour or excursion as part of a cruise, you may have rights to compensation. Injuries not only include physical injuries such as burns but also psychological injuries that may arise from witnessing such traumatic events, including the aftermath.

Stacks Goudkamp urges those affected by such incidents and accidents to seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible. The laws relating to accidents that occur on cruises, tours and excursions are complex. In many cases there are short deadlines for initiating a claim for compensation. It is important to act quickly and obtain advice from a specialist.

For further information see our media article by Victoria Royhttps://stacksgoudkamp.com.au/media/cruise-tour-tragedy-in-white-island-volcano-eruption/

Written by Rita Yousef

Rita Yousef is a solicitor in our Travel Law Practice Group. Rita represents people in a wide variety of matters including travel claims, motor vehicle accidents, public liability claims.

For further information on cruise ship claims, enquiries can be made to Stacks Goudkamp’s Sydney office on 1800 25 1800 or by submitting an online enquiry.