Florida Cruise Slip & Fall Attorney
A cruise can be a wonderful, relaxing vacation that allows you to see a new part of the world all while enjoying the numerous amenities aboard the ship—that is, until a ship and fall injury ruins your trip. If you or a loved one has slipped and fallen on a cruise ship and suffered serious harm, you may be wondering what your rights are and whether you can bring a claim for damages against the cruise line. Here’s an overview of cruise line slip and fall claims and how our Florida cruise line slip & fall attorney at the office of Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A. can help.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents on a Cruise Ship
Cruise ships have numerous slip and fall hazards including:
- Wet and slippery surfaces
- Uneven walking surfaces
- Defective escalators
- Lack of handrails
- Spills of food or drink
- Loose flooring
- Objects/hazards in walking areas, including loose cords
- Broken stairs
- Rowdy passengers
The list of potential hazards isn’t inclusive. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, determining the cause of the fall is of the utmost importance.
Damages from a Slip and Fall Injury
The injuries and damages that a person may suffer as a result of a slip and fall will depend on the cause of the fall, the surface on which the fall occurs, the height from which the fall happened, the angle of the fall, and the involved person’s own health. With that in mind, common injuries from a slip and fall include bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, bruising, traumatic brain injuries (concussion), and back and neck injuries.
Cruise Line Liability for a Slip & Fall
If you have been injured in a cruise line slip and fall, you may have a claim for damages against the cruise line if you can prove that your slip and fall would not have occurred but for the cruise line’s negligence. For example, if your slip and fall was caused by a hazardous condition in the ship and you can prove that the cruise line knew or should have known of the hazard and failed to remedy it within a reasonable amount of time, you can hold the cruise line liable for your damages. Note that cruise ship claims usually fall under maritime law and may have specific rules, including unique statutes of limitations. For this reason, it is critical to hire a cruise ship injury attorney if you have been involved in an accident.
Call Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A. Today
Our experienced cruise line slip and fall accident attorneys at the office of Halpern, Santos & Pinker, P.A. can review your case for free and help you to build your claim. We are familiar with maritime laws and regulations, as well as cruise line injury cases, and can help you to recover the settlement that you deserve. For your free consultation, reach out to our law firm by phone or online at your convenience. We will advocate for you!