Although a cruise ship is not the first location that likely springs to mind when you think about a slip and fall injury, this is one of the most common injuries on a cruise ship. The motion of the cruise ship at sea combined with the almost ubiquitous presence of water and crowded common areas leads to many falls. Uneven surfaces also lead to many cruise ship slip and fall and trip and fall accidents.
When you are injured because the cruise ship failed to maintain floors and passageways in a safe manner, the experienced South Florida cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will fight to get you the money to compensate you for your injuries.
There are times when a passenger will fall and the fall was not caused by any individual’s or company’s negligence. It certainly is possible to get dizzy or trip over one’s own feet, but often there is an external cause that could have been remedied before it led to the injury suffered in the fall. On a cruise ship, some of the common hazards include:
• Slippery or wet decks – the wet t-shirt contest was a lot of fun for everyone involved, but when the crew did not clean up the spilled water in a timely manner, the cruise line might be liable for the damage when someone falls;
• Poorly lit hallways and stairways – it is a big ship and light bulbs do burn out, but if this condition persisted long enough where the employees should have learned about the problem and replaced the bulb, then the cruise line could be responsible when a passenger tripped in the darkness;
• Items left in the hallways – anyone who has been on a cruise has seen the stacked luggage or half-eaten food trays, but when these things remain in hallways for an extended period of time, there may be problems;
• Ripped carpeting or missing tiles – defects in the surface of the floor leads to many trip and fall accidents;
• Waxed or mopped floors – it may not be possible to get the floor completely dry before passengers are walking in the area, but these dangers should be clearly marked by highly-visible warning signs or cones; and
• Broken handrails – when the rail wobbles or gives out when grasped, it can lead to a serious fall.
• Uneven surfaces
When the cruise ship had ample time to learn about and correct the defects, but failed to do so, it may be negligence and the victim should be able to recover damages for the harm suffered.
It is important for an accident victim to collect as much information about the events surrounding the incident that led to the injuries as possible. Take or have someone take photos and videos of the condition. Get contact information from all witnesses. In addition to there not being a real police presence on the cruise ship, with officers who are trained in accident investigation, the nature of the cruise industry and its transitory employees works against accident victims. The ship security officers respond to incidents, but their job is to protect their employer, the cruise line. Many employees are international workers who may walk off the cruise ship to never be heard from again, at least not in any way that is meaningful for an injured person trying to get compensation for harm suffered on the ship. Therefore, it is best to have evidence other than a witness from another country.
Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys Work Hard for Victims
A slip and fall injury can happen anywhere, but when it happens on a cruise ship, you need skilled cruise ship accident attorneys like those at Greenberg Stone and Urbano who understand how litigation against the cruise industry works. There are many complexities in bringing a legal action involving a cruise line. There may be a foreign registration and a series of companies that should be named in any lawsuit, along with other complicated factors. Our attorneys understand how this industry operates after fighting for the rights of victims for more than three decades. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we know how to develop the legal strategies that best suits your unique circumstances. In fact, our law firm has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and was voted one of the top-rated South Florida law firms by the Miami Herald. We have also been invited to be members of Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Furthermore, our attorneys have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating them as some of the best lawyers in America. To schedule an initial consultation and talk about what happened to you, please call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website.