Fort Lauderdale Cruise Ship Slip & Fall Accident Attorney
Slip and falls are the number one cause of injury and accidents on cruise ships. Although you are on the water, cruise ships have a duty to keep their passengers free from harm, which includes maintaining the ship so that slippery surfaces do not cause an accident. With over thirty-five years of combined experience handling personal injury cases for victims of slip and fall accidents on cruise ships, the Fort Lauderdale cruise ship slip & fall attorneys at Boone & Davis under the serious harm that can be caused by a slip and fall accident onboard a cruise and will fight for the compensation you deserve from the cruise line.
Cruises Have a Duty to Keep the Ship Safe
Cruise lines have a duty to their passengers to keep the ships free of dangerous or hazardous conditions that might cause the passengers injury. At the very least, they are required to warn passengers about potential hazards and fix any dangerous conditions they become aware of. When the cruise line breaches this duty of care by allowing conditions onboard where a passenger might slip and fall, the cruise line is liable for the damages caused by the accident.
The Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
The majority of slip and fall accidents happen on the pool or lido decks, although these types of accidents can occur wherever the negligence of cruise staff allows a surface to get slippery. Wet and slippery decks, limited lifeguards, cracks in the resin decks, and other factors all contribute to slip and fall accidents on cruise ships. Other common causes of slip and fall accidents on cruise ships include the wear and tear of nonskid surfaces, inadequate lighting, wobbly or broken stair railings, cracked or broken steps, and failed maintenance of decks that often get wet during travel. Transfers from the cruise ships on gangways and onto tender boats are also where a number of slip and fall accidents occur, and cruise ships are liable for accidents that happen here, as well.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents
Cruise lines are liable for the economic and noneconomic damages caused by slip and fall accidents onboard their ships. Economic damages include payment for property damage, present and future medical expenses, lost wages, and lost future wages and benefits. Noneconomic damages include compensation for disability, disfigurement, the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and emotional distress brought on by the accident and injuries. In the worst slip and fall accidents, where a passenger dies as a result of their injuries, the family of the victim is also entitled to compensation for wrongful death. This includes payment for funeral and burial costs, final medical bills, and the loss of love, security, and companionship of their loved one.
Do Not Hesitate to Call
The personal injury attorneys at Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale understand the pain and injuries caused by slip and fall accidents that happen on cruise ships, and we are here to help. Call the office or contact us online to schedule a review of your slip and fall case, free of charge.