Slip-and-Fall Accidents on Cruise Ships

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Slip-and-fall accidents are the number one cause of injury on cruise ships. The cruise lines have a duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances to its passengers. And the circumstances are that the cruise passengers expect that the ship's premises and amenities will be properly maintained for their safe use. However, this is not always the case. Wet, slippery decks, a limited number of lifeguards, and several other risk factors make cruise ships uniquely prone to slip-and-fall (and other) accidents.

If you have been seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident on a cruise ship, please call us today at (855) 375-3727 for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Florida cruise ship lawyers.

Slippery Lido or Pool Deck Flooring

The majority of slip-and-fall accidents on cruise ships occur on the Lido or Pool Deck..  This is the deck where most of it is outdoors.  Most of the traffic is on this deck.  Many of the decks of the modern cruise ship has resin flooring manufactured by any one of 3 or 4 companies.  This resin material is less prone to cracking and separating when the steel deck underneath expands or contracts. However, a small amount of water can make this resin material as slick and dangerous and can cause slip and falls.   

The major cruise lines for years have actively participated in the design of their ships.  They have a New Build department which employs architects, engineers, and designers.  The New Build departments may contract out some of the interior design.  The New Build departments always station personnel at the shipyard who live or stay nearby—no matter where the shipyard—to oversee the design and construction.  The cruise line has the ultimate control over the finished product because the cruise line elects to pay or not pay for it.  

Other Causes of Cruise Ship Slip-and-Fall Injuries

Besides the dangers of poorly-maintained Lido Decks, slip-and-fall (or trip-and-fall) accidents on cruise ships also tend to occur due to:

  • Inadequate lighting
  • Failure to repair or replace stair railings
  • Failure to repair worn-down nonskid deck surfaces

Gangways and tender boats are also common locations where these accidents tend to occur.

Board-Certified Admiralty and Maritime Attorney

Cruise ship owners and operators are responsible for properly maintaining their premises to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on a cruise ship, our Board-Certified cruise ship attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey can help you understand your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Attorney Hickey was a lawyer for the cruise lines for 17 years; now he is a lawyer for passengers and crewmembers who are the victims of the negligence of cruise lines. We represent the honest, seriously injured person.  We work on a contingency fee basis.  If we do not recover, you the client do not pay.  Payment of fees and costs is out of the recovery at the end of the case.   

If you are looking for an experienced cruise ship slip-and-fall accident attorney you can trust, please call (855) 375-3727 to speak to one of our experienced Florida cruise ship attorneys. We represent injured cruise ship victims in Florida and worldwide.