It’s unfortunate, but slip and fall accidents are the most common type of accident aboard cruise ships. And with nearly 15 million Americans traveling on cruise ships each year, the chance of injury is much higher than most passengers would imagine.
Why do injuries happen?
Unsteady footing due to the motion of the boat along with slippery decks and crowded common areas and passageways create opportunities for accidents to happen.
Sometimes accidents are sheer accidents (where no one is responsible) and sometimes injuries are caused because of the negligence of the cruise line or its crew members.
Our cruise ship injury lawyers represent injured passengers who have slipped and fallen due to:
- Negligence of the crew
- Improper cleaning techniques
- Overcrowded areas
- Equipment improperly stowed
- Wet or slippery decks
- Defective equipment
- Alcohol related accidents
- Recently mopped or waxed floors that were unmarked
- A rocking, unsteady boat
- Dark stairways and hallways
- Food trays left in hallways
- Cleaning supplies left in hallways
- Crowded hallways
- Luggage left in hallways
- Ripped carpeting
- Unsteady or broken handrails
While most slip and fall accidents are simply just accidents and are not caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of the cruise line or crew, there are accidents where the cruise line is liable.
That means injured passengers can file a claim against the cruise line to get financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, therapy bills and even money for lost wages from missing time at work.
Injured by slipping and falling while on board a cruise ship?
If you have questions or wish to speak to the personal injury lawyers at Waks and Barnett, P.A. in Miami about a claim, please call us at this toll-free number: 800-905-2891.