Though cruise companies have been on notice about slippery floor hazards for years, they continue to frequently maintain their floors in a dangerously slippery condition. The plaintiff in the following lawsuit was enjoying her cruise vacation when she suddenly slipped and fell on a puddle of water, resulting in a severe knee injury.
"On July 10, 2019, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) transported [The Plaintiff] from RCCL’s Majesty of the Seas to Coco Cay on an RCCL tender. [The Plaintiff] went to RCCL’s South Beach area. RCCL provided passengers, including [The Plaintiff], floating facilities including the floating bar which is located offshore RCCL’s 'South Beach' area. To get onto RCCL’s floating bar, passengers including [The Plaintiff] must swim to the bar and climb up an attached ladder. RCCL chose to put a rubber mat on the flooring left side of RCCL’s floating bar entrance but chose not to and/or failed to put a rubber mat on the flooring to the right of the floating bar’s entrance. [The Plaintiff] climbed onto RCCL’s bar, entered to the left, sat and had a beverage. [The Plaintiff] noticed another passenger enter the RCCL floating bar who walked to the right of the floating bar’s entrance. [The Plaintiff] witnessed this RCCL passenger slip and fall on the floating bar flooring. After witnessing the other RCCL passenger’s slip and fall, [The Plaintiff] left the floating bar and went into the water for approximately one hour."
"[The Plaintiff] returned to RCCL’s floating bar and walked to the right of the floating bar entrance. Unbeknownst to [The Plaintiff], RCCL allowed a three by two-foot puddle to accumulate on the floating bar flooring. RCCL allowed the large accumulation of water to remain on the floor for at least one hour. RCCL’s puddle caused [The Plaintiff] to slip and fall.
Due to RCCL’s negligence, the Plaintiff’s slip and fall caused her to rupture her anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. MRI revealed [The Plaintiff's] anterior cruciate ligament was completely torn with pivot shift type bony injuries, a grade 1 injury of her medial collateral ligament and partial tear of her fibular collateral ligament. [The Plaintiff] underwent surgery to repair her knee which required months of physical therapy and post-operative nerve blocks to manage post-operative pain. [The Plaintiff's] injuries are extremely painful and have caused and will continue to cause the Plaintiff severe disability and with a permanent impairment to the Plaintiff."