What Are the Most Common Injuries on Cruise Ships in Miami?

Cruise ship injuries can occur in serious accidents like onboard fires or marine accidents, but the vast majority of injuries on cruise ships involve much less catastrophic injuries.  In fact, many cruise ship injuries are similar to other injuries you would receive on land.  If you were injured in an accident on a cruise ship, talk to Miami cruise ship injury lawyer Prosper Shaked today.  Call The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today to schedule a free consultation on your cruise ship accident case.  Otherwise, read on to learn about some of the most common injuries on cruise ships.

 Common Cruise Ship Accidents in Florida

Many cruises weigh anchor from Florida, heading to the Caribbean or out into the Atlantic Ocean.  Most accidents people suffer on land or at sea are, thankfully, more minor accidents.  However, severe injuries do occasionally occur.  In either case, if the cruise ship and their staff were responsible for your injuries, you could be entitled to take them to court and sue for monetary damages.  The following accidents and injuries, in no particular order, are some of the most common cruise ship injuries:

Slip and Fall Accidents

It makes sense that decks on ships may get wet if it’s raining, but most decks are far above the surface of the water and would not typically become wet from water splashing on-deck.  However, many cruise ships have swimming pools or other waterpark rides, waiters or guests may spill drinks, and cleaning staff could fail to warn when they’re mopping.  If spills or other hazards cause you to slip and fall or trip and fall, you could face surprisingly severe injuries.  If you hit your head on a bulkhead, object, or the deck, you could face serious brain trauma.  Other injuries, like broken bones or back injuries, are also common in slip and fall cases.

Swimming Pool Accidents

Aside from slipping on wet surfaces near the pool, many cruise ship guests suffer other injuries from swimming pools.  Children and other guests may track water surprisingly far, and you could end up slipping on wet surfaces in surprising areas.  In addition, you can also face near-drowning injuries, head trauma, and other injuries in the pool itself.  Especially if there are water slides or diving boards, you could face serious injuries if you crash into another swimmer.

Crime Victimization Injuries

These kinds of crime and assault injuries can hardly be called “accidents.”  When people are in close quarters for a prolonged period, such as on a cruise, tensions can run high.  This can lead to guests or staff becoming the victims of assault.  Additionally, there is an unfortunate number of reports each year of guests and staff being sexually assaulted by guests or other staff members.  These kinds of criminal attacks can cause serious injuries that lead to lawsuits.

Work Accidents

Many staff members on cruise ships are injured each year in workplace injuries.  For a cook, waiter, crewmember, or entertainer on a cruise ship, the ship is their workplace.  Even if they spend every night on the ship, they might still be “on-duty” at various times, and it may be considered an on-the-job injury if they are hurt on a cruise.  Things like training with lifeboats, kitchen accidents, accidents on stage, fires, electrocution from faulty wiring, and other issues could all cause serious injuries for cruise ship workers.

Injuries from Poor Medical Care

Cruise ships are not expected to have state of the art medical facilities that can care for any condition, but they are expected to provide reasonable assistance if a staff member or guest faces injury or illness while on board.  It is expected that cruise ships have medical staff which can diagnose and treat medical conditions and that if there is any serious issue, they can call for medical evacuation by helicopter or a faster ship to get the patient to a hospital.  You can often sue if your preexisting condition is made worse because ship staff failed to get you help or if an accident injury becomes worse because you received negligent medical care on the cruise ship.  In some cases, poor responses from medical staff could even lead to death.

Illness

It is common for people to get seasick or have other motion sickness issues on ships, but other illnesses occur due to negligence from ship staff.  Food poisoning can be a problem, as can sickness from waterborne bacteria contained in the ship’s water supply or ice.  Additionally, if the crew fails to adequately quarantine guests who become sick during the cruise, the illness could spread to other passengers, potentially putting them at risk for health complications.

Miami Cruise Ship Injury Attorney Offering Free Consultations

If you or a loved one was injured on a cruise ship in any type of accident or because you were the victim of crime, negligent supervision, or poor medical care on a cruise ship, talk to an attorney today.  Miami personal injury lawyer Prosper Shaked offers free consultations to help injury victims understand what their case is worth.  To schedule a free consultation on your case, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today at (305) 690-0244.

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