The Lido Deck is one of the most popular areas on cruise ships, often located on the upper deck. Usually the Lido Deck features amenities such as swimming pools, hot tubs, bars, and restaurants. Cruise Lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Lines continue to build record-breaking attractions on their Lido Decks over the last few decades, exemplifying the popularity and importance of the Lido Deck on Cruises. While it is a popular spot for passengers to relax and enjoy, it can also become very difficult to navigate and at times rather dangerous. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has successfully sued cruise lines for injuries on the Lido Deck for decades, and we recognize the milieu of dangers this particular spot poses for any and all passengers.
One of the main dangers of the Lido deck is slip and fall accidents. With the presence of water from the swimming pools and hot tubs, as well as spilled drinks and food, the deck can become very slippery. Additionally, the deck can become wet and slick from rain or splashing waves, or most habitually from crew member maintenance. This can make it very easy for passengers to slip and fall, which can result in serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
Another danger of the Lido deck is overcrowding. Because it is such a popular spot on the ship, it can become very crowded, particularly during peak times such as meal times or when the ship is in port. When there are too many people on the deck, it can be difficult for passengers to move around safely and can lead to accidents and injuries. In addition, the presence of large crowds can make it difficult for crew members to identify and respond to potential hazards, emergencies, or altercations.
The Lido deck can also pose a risk of drowning. Many cruise lines do not employ lifeguards, so if a passenger begins to struggle in the water it can be extremely difficult for a crewmember to recognize the danger, notwithstanding the hours of training required to notice such a thing in the first place. While swimming pools and hot tubs can be a source of fun and relaxation for passengers, they can also be very dangerous if proper safety measures are not in place. For example, if the pool or hot tub is not properly maintained, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other harmful organisms.
Another potential danger of the Lido deck is the risk of falling overboard. While cruise ships have taken steps to improve safety measures to prevent passengers from falling overboard, accidents can and do still happen. If a passenger falls overboard from the Lido deck, the likelihood of survival is slim. In addition, the risk of falling overboard is particularly high when passengers are under the influence of alcohol, which is often over-served across all cruise lines.
Finally, the Lido deck can also pose a risk of foodborne illness. Because the deck often features buffets and other self-serve dining options, it can be difficult to ensure that food is properly prepared and stored. If food is not kept at the correct temperature or if it is contaminated with bacteria or other harmful substances, passengers can become sick. According to the CDC, Cruise lines are particularly susceptible to foodborne illnesses such as salmonella, E. coli, and the notorious norovirus.
Our team of Maritime personal injury attorneys understands the endless list of dangers present on the Lido Deck, and has helped passengers take the necessary steps in order to hold cruise lines accountable for when their promise of safety was breached. If you have been injured on the Lido Deck, or any other part of the ship, contact our offices today so we can begin the fight for you!
Since the firm’s founding in 1991, Spencer Aronfeld and his team of experienced attorneys have been passionately and successfully pursuing justice on behalf of the injured and overlooked. We have spent decades litigating medical malpractice, maritime personal injury, auto accident, and child injury cases to name a few; and over the years we have brought our clients headlining verdicts and life changing settlements. Although we might not be a massive legal enterprise with thousands of lawyers across the world, we find that this makes our work more human, and further impassions the representation we provide to clients everyday. If you have been injured, contact us today so we can begin the fight for you!
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Miami-based Aronfeld Trial Lawyers was established by Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Spencer Aronfeld in 1991. The firm represents cases resulting in serious injuries in the areas of Defective Product Liability, Maritime Law, Automobile Accidents, Premises Liability, Cycling Accidents, Slip and Fall Incidents, Wrongful Death, Medical and Dental Malpractice, Civil Rights Claims, Workplace Injuries, Sexual Assault, and others. Every client receives the full benefit of our experience, our resources, and our commitment. The practice of personal injury law is our calling. We are a firm of high-profile, nationally recognized legal advocates who work for you, our client, never big business. All attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish. To learn more, visit https://www.aronfeld.com/ or contact Aronfeld Trial Lawyers directly at (305) 441-0440.