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Slip and Fall on a Cruise Ship

Hurt in a Slip and Fall During Your Cruise?

Whether you’re soaking up sun in the Bahamas, or ice skating on board the cruise ship, you should always be cautious of slip and fall accidents. Sadly, slips and falls are very common on cruise ships, and many times, the victim’s vacation is ruined due to broken bones, concussions, sprains, and torn muscles. Some slip and falls can even be severe enough to cause spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

Claim Controlled by Cruise Line Ticket Contract

The cruise line ticket contains contract language that establishes guidelines in the event of a lawsuit. It will also outline procedures and deadlines that must be followed. These include:

  • Notice of Accident standards set by the cruise line
  • Time frame for providing notice
  • Deadline for filing an accident claim, which is shorter than the time provided under standard Florida law

Duty of the Cruise Line in Cruise Ship Falls

Federal maritime law as well as Florida liability law places a legal duty on cruise lines, along with their employees and independent contractors, to use reasonable care at all times during their employment.

This means that they have a duty to warn passengers about dangers and risks of injury, as well as fix any problems as soon as possible.

However, reasonable care on a cruise ship is different than those pertaining to businesses on land.

Dangerous conditions on a cruise ship include things related to wet and slippery floors and surfaces and confined areas and narrow walkways that minimize the walking space and make it harder to avoid slippery areas.

Common Slip and Fall Accidents on a Cruise Ship

When you board a cruise ship, the cruise line and its employees have a duty to keep passengers safe from harm during the trip. However, slip and falls still happen.

Common Slip and falls on a cruise ship include:

1. Wet Deck Falls

Wet surfaces are to be expected on a cruise ship. Still, the cruise line is responsible for keeping decks as safe and dry as possible for passengers. Additionally, they must warn the passengers if an unsafe condition exists nearby.

2. Spills on the Floor 

Food and drinks that spill on the restaurant floor can cause a passenger to slip and fall. This may be due to the staff failing to follow their duty to keep floors free from hazards.

3. Railing or Gangway Falls

Gangways, or the entry to the ship, and railings on ship interiors are a common location for slip and falls. In order to avoid an accident, gangways should be dry and protected with proper safety rails, and interior railings should be sturdy and strong.

4. Pool or Spa Falls

Pool side falls on cruise ships are common, as the floors are often wet and may not have the proper grips to avoid a slip and fall.

5. Fall While Enjoying a Shore Excursion

Cruise lines may be held responsible for slips and falls that occur during a shore excursion. Since these on-shore excursions are part of a cruise line’s vacation package, they are held reliable for any injuries.

Florida Cruise Line Liability

Cruise lines have a duty to take reasonable steps to make sure that cruise line passengers as well as cruise line workers are safe. However, these cruise vessel owners and operators are notorious for trying to limit or avoid responsibility for injuries that occur on their cruise ships.

Federal and state laws implement special requirements for cruise ship slip and fall claims. Having an experienced Florida injury lawyer like Alan Sackrin to help with your cruise ship slip and fall can be essential to holding the cruise line responsible for their negligence.

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