A Florida judge has recently ruled that a passenger who sustained a burn during a Carnival cruise may present her claim to a jury over the cruise line’s motion seeking to dismiss the lawsuit.
A Miami Federal Court has found that a Norwegian Epic trip and fall case is allowed to proceed to jury trial after denying NCL’s Motion for Summary Judgment. This case concerns a passenger who tripped and fell over a raised threshold at the entrance of the ladies’ restroom located on Deck 15 aboard the Norwegian Epic cruise ship. From this trip and fall, the passenger hit her head on the restroom wall, lost consciousness and awoke on the floor. She suffered a split lip, black eyes, and severe injuries to her wrist and head. The injured passenger filed a negligence lawsuit against NCL in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida claiming that the raised threshold was unreasonably dangerous.
A boat flipped over and capsized in Sarasota Bay on January first leaving four injured. Law enforcement located the boat in the early afternoon south of the John Ringling Causeway between Marina Jack and Bird Key. An inspection revealed damage to the boat’s hull, windshield and propeller casing. It has been reported that the boat was en route to a poker run where high speed and performance vessels gather to participate in various activities. Small Craft advisories were posted at the time of the accident and rough weather is believed to be a contributing factor for the accident.
18 cruise passengers were seriously injured, at least 11 fatally, while on their way to a shore excursion to the ancient Maya ruins at Chaccoben, Mexico, which was sold and advertised by Royal Caribbean/Celebrity Cruises. Eight of the individuals killed are of American citizenship, others killed include two Swedes, one Canadian and one Mexican. Sadly, as reports of the incident were issued by various news reporting agencies, the number of individuals killed kept increasing.
A Fort Myers man has died last weekend after being ejected from the boat he was traveling aboard. The boating accident occurred near Hemp Key off Pine Island at 5:30 in the afternoon. Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigation reveals that Canaan Johnson was thrown from the boat when it struck the sand bar and then the boat ran over him. Three other people were aboard the 19’ boat at the time of the accident. No other injuries were reported. First responders arrived at the accident scene within an hour but had difficulty reaching the boat due to the shallow water. Mr. Johnson was taken to the Pineland Marina where he was pronounced dead.