If you are dining in one of the numerous restaurants on a cruise ship, you have a right to expect that you will be reasonably safe before, during, and after your meal. However, there are significant slip and fall, as well as trip and fall risks associated with cruise ship restaurants.
One of the main risks is that cruise ship restaurants are often designed to look good, not necessarily to remain safe. One potential risk that can cause a cruise ship accident is that the beautiful, polished flooring in the restaurant may look nice and may initially be safe, but may become dangerous when wet. Polished stone surfaces are not generally recommended for areas where spills are likely to occur.
Another risk is that the ship may rock and tip excessively, making it a challenge to walk safely. This effect can be amplified by the location of the restaurants, which are often put at the fore or aft of the ship and off to one side or another. Excessive speed used by cruise ships to make ports of call on time can also increase this effect, and often occurs during mealtimes when all passengers are shipboard.
Finally, because the space on cruise ships is limited, engineers work hard to crowd as much as possible into a given volume, which can result in irregular floors and unexpected steps up and down, a serious tripping hazard.
If you have suffered a slip and fall or trip and fall accident on a cruise ship, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida in Miami for a free case evaluation.