Whether you’re a passenger on a cruise line or you’re one of the thousands of workers who work at shipyards, it’s possible for you to suffer serious injuries in slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents can cause life-long problems including back injuries, spinal cord injury and even traumatic brain injury.
Passenger Slip and Fall Accidents
Being on a cruise ship is supposed to be fun. However, slippery decks, restaurant and dance floors and even broken handrails on stairways can result in unexpected falls and serious injury. Passengers need to exercise caution and be aware of signage that gives warnings of conditions when they exist and if you should be the victim of a fall, make sure you photograph the area so you can demonstrate the lack of warning signs.
Warnings for Passengers
One thing many cruise ship passengers are unaware of is the fine print on the back of their tickets. Cruise lines often have serious limitations on the amount of time passengers may file suit for injuries. Generally, there are also other conditions and in some cases, you may have agreed to arbitration versus filing an insurance claim. Consulting with an attorney familiar with maritime law is imperative and make sure you have a copy of your ticket and itinerary if possible.
Employee Slip and Fall Accidents
Whether your work involves cruise ships, ferries or other type of watercraft, your work surface is often wet and unstable. Many companies also have employees working on docks as part of their daily work. Unfortunately, these areas have a high incidence of slip and fall accidents; many of which could have been prevented. Some of the normal steps that can be taken to ensure safety of employees include:
- Proper surface care including non-skid coatings
- Installation of proper railings or nettings to ensure safety
- Proper lighting and warning signs
- Proper storage of all equipment including ropes
- Strict adherence to safety standards
When an employer has failed to provide a safe work area, you have the right to be compensated for injuries you suffer. Maritime law is clear; if an employer or vessel owner acts in a negligent manner and you are injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation and other expenses.
If you’re a maritime industry employee or a passenger on a commercial cruise line and you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident due to negligence, contact Stephen D. Field, P.A. at (305) 798-1335 to find out what rights you have and how you should proceed. Remember, the sooner you call the better so you don’t run afoul of any deadlines to file a claim.