Cruises are intended to offer relaxation and fun for the whole family. Unfortunately, more accidents and injuries occur on cruise lines than many people realize. With millions of people traveling on cruise ships each year, accidents of all kinds are bound to occur. Some accidents are just that - pure accidents - but others can be attributed to the negligent actions of the cruise line or crew members. Slip and falls are among the most common of all cruise ship accidents. Cruise ships harbor numerous slick surfaces due to splashing from the high seas, rain, pools, spas, and more. As such, all cruise ships and employees must take steps to ensure surfaces are not dangerously slippery.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries can be quite serious and may leave passengers with ongoing injuries that require extensive time to heal. Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers believe slip and fall injuries to include:
- Head injuries and concussions
- Back injuries, slipped discs, herniated discs, and the like
- Knee injuries
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones, including wrists, fingers, arms, legs, ankles, and more
These injuries can involve multiple visits to doctors or hospitals, complex medical procedures, surgery, and rehabilitation. A cruise ship slip and fall can create troubles with insurance claims and time off work.
What Should You Do After Falling on a Cruise Ship?
Your first step is obtaining immediate medical attention. The cruise line will have medical personnel capable of treating your injuries in most cases. If you are severely injured in a cruise ship slip and fall, you could be transported to a hospital in the United States or in the country closest to your current location.
Be sure that a report of the accident is lodged with the cruise line and take pictures if possible. Photograph the floor or other area where the fall occurred and note the conditions at the time of the accident, including whether the surface was slick. Note whether it had recently rained or spilled liquid or food was present at the time of the fall and capture pictures of these conditions. Obtain witness names and contact information if possible following your fall.
Slip and fall accidents are often caused by slippery surfaces, poor lighting, hazardous objects, and more. If you are injured in a slip and fall, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. It will be important to uncover the cause of your slip and fall in order for you to receive compensation. Your cruise ship accident attorney will examine all evidence and seek the best avenue to recover for your injuries linked to the slip and fall.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys with Over 130 Years of Collective Experience
If you have been injured in a cruise ship accident or become seriously ill while cruising, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano. We have of 130 collective years of experience representing those injured in all manner of cruise ship accidents across South Florida. We seek to obtain the best outcome possible for each of our clients, which will often include recovering for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our firm has received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald recognized us as a top firm in South Florida. Allow our exceptional attorneys to provide you with superior legal services in the South Florida area. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.