Causes of Slip and Fall Cruise Ship Accidents
When you’re enjoying a vacation with your family, the last thing on your mind is an accident. However, slip and fall cruise ship accidents are a common reality due to corrosion from sea salt water, sea spray, and water tracked from the pool into high-traffic areas. Some accidents are unavoidable but many accidents are a result of cruise ship negligence.
Other causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Overcrowding on ship
- Not fixing damaged flooring
- Recently mopped or waxed flooring
- Food left on floor
- Failure to replace or repair staircase railings
- Poorly maintained public areas
- Inadequate lighting
- Slippery decks
- Defective equipment
Victims can suffer from injuries such as sprained ankles, broken bones, and muscle tears. Such injuries can greatly impact your quality of life, so make sure you know your rights!
What Do I Do if Become Injured on a Cruise Ship?
As is common with most personal injuries cases, you must prove that you experience the injury because of negligence from the cruise ship company. This means proving your injury was a result of the improper warning, insufficient maintenance, or an intentional act.
If you are injured on a cruise ship it is important that you seek medical attention and report claim immediately. Most injury claims have a 6-month deadline, check the back of your ticket to for this and other legal information. NOTE: When purchasing the ticket, you consent to its legal claims. Failure to follow the rules on the ticket, which is essentially a legal contract, may result in a court refusal to hear the case. Passengers can challenge the location of the hearing if it is far from their home state, but those challenges aren’t usually successful.
Document as much as you can as close to the time of injury in order to retain details that may be forgotten later. Contact any witnesses present, and talk to an attorney about your injury, even if it seems minor. Take extra caution when speaking to cruise ship companies regarding your claim since they will conduct an investigation in a way that is most beneficial to them. For example, many cruise carriers do not register in the United States, but in countries where they make port, like the Caribbean or certain South American countries. These countries will typically have more relaxed safety and labor standards. In some cases, the cruise company will require you to file a claim in a specific state, regardless of where you were injured. Because of the complex nature of maritime law, you will need an attorney that specializes in cruise ship litigation.
A cruise ship company has a responsibility to provide you with a safe and fun place to vacation. Remember as a passenger, you have rights.It is a good idea to call an experienced passenger claims attorney, such as Louis A. Vucci, P.A., when such an event occurs. You should be paid if injured and compensation should cover medical, health, and dental care as well as lost work wages. In the event of your death, your dependents are entitled to compensation.