$20.3 Million Award to Worker in Royal Caribbean Injury Case

A Royal Caribbean employee has been awarded a massive sum after being injured while working aboard one of the company’s cruise ships.

According to the Miami Herald, Lisa Spearman’s hand was crushed by a door in 2008 while she was taking part in a safety drill aboard the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship. Newsweek.com reports that Spearman was helping a passenger who had fallen over when the door retracted on her hand, crushing it.

After the incident, Spearman was sent by the company to a doctor who subsequently misdiagnosed her, splinting her broken index and ring fingers in the wrong position. She remained on disability from Royal Caribbean, earning $25 per day, for two years until she was dismissed in 2010 because she was not able to complete her job duties.   

In 2016 Spearman filed a sizeable lawsuit against Royal Caribbean, claiming (as stated by Newsweek) “poor training, negligent medical care and for discharging her over a non-performance related issue.” After a three-week trial, which ended in early June, a Miami-Dade jury sided with Spearman and awarded her $20.3 million.

Images of Spearman’s hand, which have been posted online, show the extent of her injuries.