Sommers Schwartz attorney Matthew Turner secured $450,000 in compensation for a man injured while a passenger on a cruise ship.
According to the allegations in the federal maritime action, the plaintiff was traveling on an international cruise that originated in Rome, Italy, and ended in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While the ship was at sea, the plaintiff slipped on a wet pool deck that was unreasonably dangerous, resulting in a fractured left femur necessitating an open reduction and internal fixation that led to infection and sepsis. He underwent surgery to remove an infected gallbladder, spent two months in the hospital and a rehabilitation facility, and underwent significant physical therapy.
The personal injury lawsuit claimed that the pool deck lacked a safe coefficient of friction and the defendant cruise ship operator failed to correct the danger. Further, the plaintiff argued that the defendant failed to warn him of the perilous condition and violated industry safety guidelines.
The plaintiff sought damages for pain, suffering, mental and emotional distress, aggravation of pre-existing ailments, and loss of mobility and physical activity. He also sought compensation for incurred medical expenses, and the cost of future care and treatment.