Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys Explore Common Cruise Line Defenses Against Slip and Falls
Slip and falls are one of the most common accidents to occur on cruise ships. As Miami cruise ship accident attorneys, we have to be prepared for classic defense tactics utilized by cruise lines. One such tactic is assertion of the “open and obvious” defense. Cruise lines owe a duty of reasonable care to their passengers. To prevail on a slip and fall claim, an injured accident victim must prove that the cruise line acted negligently. Even with this established, the cruise line can raise several defenses. Among the most used is the open and obvious defense.
The Open and Obvious Defense
Cruise lines have the duty to warn passengers of known dangers, but this duty does not extend to open and obvious dangers. Open and obvious dangers are considered those that should be obvious to a passenger by the ordinary use of one’s senses. When faced with a slip and fall claim, cruise lines will often raise this defense and claim the cruise ship had no duty to warn its passengers of the obvious danger. The success of this defense will depend on the unique circumstances of the case. Continue reading →