When people think of cruise ship injuries, they often think of the big, catastrophic events: Someone falls overboard, the ship breaks down at sea or a massive storm catches the ship without any cover on the open water.

While these things do happen, it is important not to overlook the everyday dangers that you face on a cruise ship. It’s not exactly the safest way to travel, and you could suffer some serious injuries even if there is no catastrophic event that makes the news.

For instance, in one case, the workers who put the flooring down near an onboard pool did so in an incorrect manner. This made the flooring rather unsafe, as puddles of water would gather and it would become incredibly slick. Combine that with elderly travelers and guests who have been drinking, and you have a recipe for disaster.  That is exactly what happened.

An elderly woman was walking across the wet flooring when she slipped. As she fell, she hit her kneecap on the deck, and it shattered. She wound up suing the company, saying that they should have installed the flooring properly and worked harder to reduce the number of puddles on the deck. Either way, they could have prevented her fall and kept her from harm, but they were negligent and allowed her to experience unneeded danger.

This is just one example, but you can see how some relatively minor details can all combine to cause serious injuries to guests who are far from a hospital. If you get hurt on a ship, you must understand all of your legal rights to compensation.  Contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A. for assistance.