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Title: Common Cruise Ship Injuries-Shower Related Injuries

Author: Paul M. Hoffman

Category: Shower Related Injuries

Date: 2011-09-07

Over the years, my firm has handled numerous cases of passengers being injured while taking a shower or leaving the shower. People should not have to stand on a moving, wet platform while showering. Usually, showers do not have adequate hand holds for persons who are showering. Add to this is the further problem of the age of the cruising public. Many passengers are elderly, who may have balance problems to begin with, from the various maladies that beset folks in old age. The safety of these elderly passengers require consideration by the cruise lines.

There are several web sites which sell shower seats that are sturdy and that have good rubber tips on the legs. The cruise lines could rent these to their passengers. This would create a new income stream for the cruise lines and reduce or eliminate serious injuries to passengers. Another good idea is to advise passengers to wear water shoes when showering. This might provide more traction. Cruise lines could sell these onboard in their gift shops.

Cruise lines have a legal obligation to provide reasonable care in the circumstances to their passengers. They are sued for failing to do so when a passenger is injured. Lawsuits have two distinct goals: the first, of course, is individual in nature, to provide monetary compensation to injured passengers. The second purpose benefits the cruising public at large. These lawsuits put the cruise lines on notice of a potentially recurring problem that can be corrected by corrective action. Passengers slipping and falling while standing in the shower is a recurrent problem that could be corrected.

If you know anyone who has been injured on a cruise ship, contact my firm at 954-563-8111 for a free consultation. We accept cruise line cases world-wide.