With five ports and thousands of cruise ship stops every year, the cruise industry is one of the biggest industries in Florida. Its proximity to the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean make it a perfect location for leisure travelers from all over the world. With the number of cruises going in and out of Florida, and the number of people on each ship, it’s simply a matter of statistics that injuries and accidents will occur.
Slip and fall cruise ship accidents can be especially problematic, where the average age of passengers tends to be around age 49 and older. With older passengers, these types of accidents can result in anything from scrapes and bruises to broken bones and concussions. However, anyone of any age can be hurt in a slip and fall accident.
When the accident isn’t your fault
If you suffer an injury on a cruise ship, you might wonder what kind of recourse you have, especially if the accident wasn’t your fault. If you believe your slip and fall injury was due to negligent behavior on the part of the cruise line or the crew, it’s possible you have a basis for a personal injury claim.
It’s a good idea to have an attorney on your side, as injury claims against cruise lines can be complex and frustrating. There is paperwork to file, timelines to adhere to, and experience working with (or against) the cruise line.
Slip and falls on cruise ships
A slip and fall happens when you slip or trip on something, resulting in a fall that causes injury. There are countless reasons you could slip and fall on a cruise ship—tripping over worn carpeting, debris left in a hallway, puddles of water in high-traffic areas, and other hazards.
These accidents can happen on board the ship or off the ship. They can happen in your room, in a bathroom, restaurant, or just about anywhere on the boat. You could also slip, trip, or fall while walking the gangway off the ship or getting on and off tenders (the smaller boats that take you ashore during shore excursions).
Cruise lines owe their passengers a duty of care to keep areas hazard-free and, if conditions are dangerous, to warn passengers of the danger. This could be as simple as putting up a sign alerting passengers that an area of the floor is slippery. When crew members fail to do so, cruise lines may be responsible for a passenger’s injury.
Cruise ships can be wonderful vacations, but accidents can happen anywhere. The Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys at Yeboah Law Group have years of experience representing clients injured on Florida cruise ships. We can help with the details of your case and seek compensation on your behalf. Call our South Florida law firm today at 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.