Kim Rosario of Miami, Florida filed a complaint against Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd. (NCL) on October 20th alleging that the cruise ship company has insufficient measures to prevent injuries and offer assistance on its vessels.
Rosario reportedly sustained serious injuries on one of NCL’s ships in December last year that required surgical treatment. She holds that NCL failed to provide her with adequate assistance and support after she was injured.
According to court documents, Rosario wants a trial by jury and is seeking damages against NCL in excess of $75,000 plus legal fees, interest and any other relief the court finds necessary. Her suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division. The nature of Rosario’s injuries and the situation that led to her injury are not currently publicly known.
A similar suit was filed in the same court against Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCC) on October 27 by Maria Martin Colea of Miami, Florida. Colea’s complaint alleges that RCC failed to keep its ship deck free of slipping hazards.
Colea reportedly sustained injuries on December 2 last year when she slipped and fell on one of RCC’s cruise ships. Colea holds RCC responsible for her injuries and claims that the company failed to provide her with enough warning about the hazardous conditions on deck.
It is estimated that 22.2 million people traveled on pleasure cruises in 2015. 12 million of them departed from North American ports. These figures have increased significantly over the past five years, but safety aboard cruise ships is still a big problem. Claims of assault by crew members, injuries, and illnesses continue to be commonplace.
If you have an injury claim against a cruise liner, take action immediately. While the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Florida is four years, cruise ship companies normally have a contractual provision in their ticket package that requires passengers to provide notice of a claim within six months. Courts may reject these limitations if there is sufficient reason to do so, but they are generally upheld.