Slip-and-fall injuries are relatively common aboard cruise ships. Cruise lines have a responsibility to maintain the ships’ premises in a safe condition for passengers and crew members. In the following case, you will read just how quickly the cruise line’s negligence can lead to a serious permanent injury.
The following is an excerpt taken from a civil complaint filed on behalf of a client of Hickey Law Firm, P.A.
“On February 19, 2019, Carnival Dream was on its third day of cruising. Despite the fact that Carnival knew or should have known that the wet steps were a potential hazard, on the date of the incident, Carnival allowed water to remain on the steps of these stairs located directly below the Twister water slide. Carnival did not keep the area safe and free of water. Nor did Carnival place caution or slippery when wet signs, cones, or block off the wet area.
On February 19, 2019, at approximately11:30am, [The Plaintiff] was in the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat of the Carnival Dream. [The Plaintiff] used the outdoor port side stairway to go to Deck 12. This was [The Plaintiff’s] first time using the portside outdoor stairway going from the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat to Deck 12 onboard the Carnival Dream. [The Plaintiff] held on to the handrail as she descended the portside outdoor stairway onboard the Carnival Dream. [The Plaintiff] slipped on the fourth step from the bottom on the portside outdoor stairway going from the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat to Deck 12 onboard the Carnival Dream. As a result of the slip and fall, Plaintiff dislocated her right ankle.
When [The Plaintiff] slipped and fell, [The Plaintiff] sustained serious injuries including a dislocated right ankle. On March 7, 2019, [The Plaintiff] had surgery to repair her dislocated right ankle. [The Plaintiff] has experienced and continues to experience pain, stiffness, weakness, and decreased mobility in her right ankle and foot. These symptoms are permanent and are expected to continue in the future.”