Yes – slip and fall accidents on cruise ship accidents do occur – often more frequently than most passengers believe. Cruise ships inherently offer many opportunities for passengers to get hurt.
Unfortunately, it’s true – passengers get hurt all time – sometimes due to “no-fault” accidents and sometimes due to negligent actions of the cruise line or its employees, the crew members.
With so many people aboard (often thousands of passengers), the movement of the ocean, seawater and rain on open decks and other potential hazards, passengers need to try be be careful as they also try to enjoy their vacations.
The injuries can be quite painful – broken bones, internal bleeding, severe back injuries and more.
At our law firm here in Miami, we’ve talked to injured passengers for more than 25 years – and the accident stories we’ve heard are often quite hard to listen to. It’s why we work hard to represent our client when they’ve been injured and are seeking compensation for their injuries.
People who went out on what they thought would be a fun cruise come back hurt and frustrated. Often, they want answers and they want compensation from the cruise line.
Why talk to a lawyer?
- First and foremost, they know the laws that apply to your situation and have experience helping people fight the cruise lines for compensation
- They can listen to your story and answer your questions
- They can help you determine if you have a case
- If you do, they can help develop a legal course of action for you
- They can represent you against the cruise line in court or arbitration
- They can help you deal with the insurance companies and other creditors
If you and your family are dealing with a cruise line regarding an injury, a quick conversation with a lawyer can help tremendously – whether you decide to use their services or not.
What are the 3 most common cruise ship accidents?
# 1 is Slip and Fall Accidents. For example:
- slipping on wet floors or decks
- falling down stairs
- tripping over luggage in hallways
- falling in unlit or dark areas of the boat
- stumbling in crowded restaurants, bars and showrooms
- accidents in the cabin or cabin’s bathroom
- stumbling while entering or exiting the boat on ramps
After a slip and fall injury, should you contact an attorney?
The simple answer is, “yes.” Most injured passengers will focus on the healing process. Knee injuries, concussions and broken bones are painful and take time to heal. It’s only after some time has passed that people begin to think, “should I talk to an attorney”?
Most passengers who are hurt in an accident often don’t have any idea of “what to do” once they return home from their trip.
What they will do of course, is to seek ongoing treatment for their injuries at their local doctor or hospital. They’ll get x-rays, they’ll have surgery, they’ll schedule appointments for follow up visits and therapy to recover.
You may have questions about your legal rights as a passenger
You may have contacted the cruise line directly and were unhappy with their response. You might be seeking financial compensation to help deal with the mounting costs of surgery, doctor visits and rehab efforts.
An experienced attorney who has represented injured passengers against the cruise lines for accidents, sickness, assaults, negligence and other personal injuries can shed light on your potential claims. You should talk to an attorney – if nothing more, they can shed light on whether you have a potential injury, and if so, how you should proceed. It’s better to get information you can rely on so you can make the right choices for you and your family.
Consult with a cruise accident law firm – it’s Free!
For more information or to ask further questions about cruise ship related injuries or accidents, please contact the cruise lawyers at Waks and Barnett, P.A. in Miami.
Call at 1-800-905-2891. Consultations are free and require no obligation on your part.