What Are the Top 5 Cruise Ship Injuries?
A list of the Top 5 Cruise Ship injuries in Florida and what you can do if you or a loved one is injured in such an accident.
A cruise ship should afford passengers the chance to get away from it all, relax, and experience some excitement. Unfortunately, injuries on cruise ships are not at all uncommon. Here are the top 5 and what you should do if you or a family member were injured while embarking on a cruise.
1. Crush Injuries
Ships must be built with watertight doors in order to delay or prevent sinking. However, these doors are powerful and in some cases, passengers may be caught in the closing doors, causing catastrophic and even fatal crush injuries.
2. Injuries Related to Alcohol
It’s no secret that alcohol is enjoyed by many on a cruise ship. However, when cruise ships allow passengers to drink to excess, injuries can occur. Head injuries from falls, broken bones and even alcohol poisoning are in the realm of possibility when passengers are served with abandon.
Drownings can occur in cruise ship pools as often as public pools, or more. Cruise ships have a responsibility to keep pools from getting too overcrowded and to monitor passengers, especially in areas where kids are swimming. Child drownings are a significant risk in cruise ship “day care’s”, where the staff to child ratio is low or staff may not be properly trained.
4. Slip and Falls
Many areas of a cruise ship are wet, especially areas that go to and from pools or slides. These areas should be outfitted with non-slip surfaces and warning signs, however, this is not always the case. It’s not uncommon for passengers to be seriously injured by slip and fall accidents on wet floors.
Cruise ships are unfortunately a prime place for assault to occur, especially in busy areas like nightclubs. Staff should be aware of suspicious behavior and should intervene in situations where it’s clear that a passenger may not be safe. This is even more of a concern for minors, who comprised one-third of all cruise ship assaults in 2016 according to New York Daily News.
When to Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one were hurt on a cruise ship, it’s important that you speak with an attorney who is well-versed in cruise ship accident and maritime law. At the Law Offices of Frank D. Butler, you can trust that your case will be taken seriously and that we’ll do everything possible to help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us for a consultation at 888-262-8529.