Fort Lauderdale has become a top cruise ship port for many reasons. As the cruise season begins many of us will take our families and loved ones on a Caribbean cruise vacation from South Florida. Cruises are wonderful experiences but present many challenges and some degree of risk. Passengers arrive in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, and embark on large cruise ships and sometimes get injured. The most common on-board injuries are slip falls, which result in broken hips, broken legs, soft tissue injuries and sometimes brain injuries. If you, or a loved one, has been injured on a cruise ship you should contact a South Florida personal injury attorney who has experience in all the areas of law and related medical problems caused by accidents, soft tissue and bone injuries. The first thing to do is to get prompt medical attention from the ship’s doctor. Keep records of the names and titles of all medical providers you see on the ship. Take photos of both your injuries and the place where the injury occurred. Ask for the names of anyone who saw what happened or can testify as to the conditions that existed before the injury. Slip-falls onboard can occur on stairways, boarding ramps, cabin doors and door-sills. After you return to Fort Lauderdale contact a South Florida personal injury attorney and ask for a free consultation. Often an experienced South Florida personal injury attorney can assist you in obtaining a medical opinion on your injuries: some are permanent and may cause future pain and suffering, and may be compensable by filing a personal injury lawsuit in Fort Lauderdale, or Miami. Sometimes a caretaker may be negligent in mis-diagnosing the extent of the injury, and sometimes a doctor’s misdiagnosis of a slip fall injury can lead to permanent disability or a life-long limitation in your mobility. Tripping and falling are the most common onboard ship personal injuries. Sometimes food poisoning or exposure to chemicals can cause you personal injury and sometimes it can be permanent or disabling. Often you can be injured by the negligence of others or the negligence in the design of the ship or negligence in the ship’s maintenance or upkeep. Only an experienced South Florida personal injury lawyer can provide you with a legal opinion as to how to be compensated for your injury. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed in a Florida federal or Florida State court in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. A personal injury lawsuit must be filed timely or you may lose your rights to receive compensation for your personal injuries, whether from a slip fall or negligence by the ship operator or the crew. An experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can evaluate if your personal injuries are being litigated by others who have similar injuries, or if the ship operator has a history of negligent conduct or negligence in the operations of the ship. If you are injured and you feel your injuries were caused by the negligence of others you can sue and be compensated. Falling at a pool, on a line, being injured by falling on a wet deck, or from exposure to chemicals are all personal injury claims.