There are many wonderful experiences that a person can have while on a cruise vacation, but when there is negligence on the part of the cruise ship employees that leads to a serious injury, it is critical to take immediate action.
When a cruise ship passenger is hurt in a slip and fall accident on board the ship, it can lead to a long recovery period and significant pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of negligence of a cruise line, including its employees, the skilled Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will work hard to get you the compensation that you need to recover from the harm that you suffered. Our skilled attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting the right outcome for our clients.
One of the biggest problems with slip and fall injuries on the high seas is that a patient may not receive the same level of medical care that he would if he were on land. Although many cruise ships do have advanced medical care facilities on board, they often are limited in the types of services that they can offer. This leads to an exacerbation of the harm that an injured person suffered during the fall.
The types of falls on a ship vary widely, but some of the most common involve wet surfaces. Of course, the fact that the ship often is traveling through open water leads to wet floors and stairs, which diligent employees should respond to promptly. However, there are other types of dangerous conditions. These may include the following:
- Spilled drinks and food items - One thing that is ever-present on a cruise ship is food and beverages. Many times, these things end up on the floor, where they can become a slipping hazard;
- Unattended pools and/or hot tub areas - There are many different areas on a ship where passengers can enjoy a dip in a body of water. Unfortunately, when people are getting in and out of a pool or hot tub, or splashing around while in there, water can accumulate on the surfaces surrounding the pool. If staff is not diligent about mopping up the spilled water, then people in the area can slip and fall, resulting in a serious injury;
- Improper maintenance routines - It is a lot of work to keep a cruise ship clean during a voyage. If the staff are not trained or supervised properly, this can lead to poor cleaning routines where surfaces are left wet or slippery. Even something as basic as waxing a floor surface can result in a dangerous situation if the staff person does not complete the job efficiently or cordon off the area to prevent a passenger from accessing the area while the cleaning is underway.
One of the other issues that confronts cruise ship passengers who are injured in slip and fall accidents is the fact that many people on these cruise ships are over the age of 65 years. This means that a seemingly minor fall can result in serious, long-term harm.
A cruise line has a duty to provide the appropriate standard of care for the people who place their trust that they will have a safe and enjoyable experience. If the cruise line violated this duty, then it is important to contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Advocates for Cruise Ship Negligence Victims
A person who is harmed while on board a cruise ship will face hurdles to getting the compensation that he or she deserves because of the powerful cruise line industry. The Miami cruise ship accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has spent more than 30 years building the knowledge and skills to get cruise ship accident victims the help that they need to recover from their injuries and move forward with their lives. Our dedication to our clients has earned our law firm an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. The Miami Herald also has voted us one of South Florida's top-rated law firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get to work on your behalf.