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Slip-and-fall accidents common on cruise ships

Slip-and-falls are responsible for hundreds of cruise ship passenger and crew member injuries every year, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and sprains. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in or on the:

  • Open deck and public walkways
  • Pool/sundeck area
  • Spa
  • Theater
  • Casino
  • Dance floor
  • Fitness center
  • Restaurant and/or dining area

Dangerous conditions may cause cruise ship accidents

There are many dangerous conditions present on a cruise ship that could lead to a slip-and-fall accident. While some of these conditions exist on land as well, some of these conditions are specific to a marine environment. Some of the most common reasons for slip-and-falls on cruise ships include:

  • Slippery decks
  • Overcrowding in common areas/hallways
  • Obstructions in hallways (e.g. luggage, supplies)
  • Loose or broken steps
  • Spilled drinks or food
  • Water from pool tracked throughout the ship
  • Damaged carpeting
  • Corrosion caused by salt water

Cruise ship negligence may result in liability

While some accidents are unavoidable, others are caused by the negligence of cruise ship companies and their employees. Cruise ships owe a duty to all those aboard the ship to provide a reasonably safe environment for travelers and prevent harm. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall on a cruise ship, you will need to prove that the cruise ship breached this duty and that their breach caused your accident and injuries.

Cruise ship passengers and crew members interested in filing a premises liability lawsuit should consider meeting with an attorney specializing in maritime matters. If your suit is successful, you may recover damages for your cruise ship injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.