A slip-and-fall accident is one of the most common types of injury that occurs on cruise ships. Every cruise line has a duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances to its passengers. The passengers then expect that the ship and provided amenities are properly maintained for safe use. However, this isn't always the case. Wet decks, a limited number of lifeguards and several other factors make cruise ships vulnerable to slip-and-fall accidents.
If you've been injured in a slip-and-fall accident while on a cruise, please call our experienced team today at our Miami office at (855) 757-4200, for a free case evaluation.
Slippery Deck and Flooring
Most slip-and-fall accidents on cruise ships happen on the Lido or Pool decks. These decks are exposed to the outside elements as well as a lot of foot traffic from other passengers and workers. Because these decks are made from a resin material, even a small amount of water can make the flooring slick and dangerous, ultimately causing people to slip and fall.
Cruise lines may be held responsible in these situations, as they often participate in the design process for every one of their ships. They have the control over the finished product by electing to pay or not pay for specific designs and materials.
Other Causes of Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Other than the dangers that the poorly-maintained decks can pose, accidents on cruise ships can occur from instances including:
- Insufficient lighting
- Failure to repair stairway railings
- Failure to repair deck surfaces
Gangways and tender boats are other common areas where accidents can lead to further injury. Acute illnesses can also be considered a source of injury that occur while on a cruise ship. Some accidents can be more serious, which can lead to wrongful death.
Your Board-Certified Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer
Cruise ship owners, operators and employees are all responsible for maintaining their ships to reduce the risk of any accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident while on a cruise, our experienced team of board-certified attorneys can help you fight for your rights and the compensation you need to pay for medical expenses related to your accident.
For a cruise ship attorney you can trust, call our Miami office at (855) 757-4200. We are proud to fight for clients in the state of Florida and all over the world.