Woman Files Suit Against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Suit has been filed against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for injury incurred by one of its passengers aboard the “Brilliance of the Seas.” As you may know, the “Brilliance of the Seas” is a Royal Caribbean ship from which a passenger allegedly fell overboard last year into the Mediterranean Sea and whose body has never been recovered. More recently, another passenger, a young lady from the Naples, Florida area, somehow fell overboard and drowned. Her body was recovered in the waters near Italy.
The allegations of the Complaint filed by Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, in the Miami-Dade County Circuit, allege that Royal Caribbean was negligent and that the negligence resulted in their passenger, who was a frequent cruiser of the cruise line and a member of Crown & Anchor Society to fall, severely fracturing her shoulder while anchored outside of Nice, France. The cruise ship hustled the passenger and her daughter off the vessel and promised to have their port agent meet them on the dock and escort them to a local hospital, claiming she needed surgery within five (5) hours. Not only did the port agent not meet them at the dock, but the tender’s personnel from the ship even took the blanket that the severely injured passenger was using for warmth from her on the dock leaving her in the cold to find a taxi to take her to the hospital. The only person who spoke English, was the taxi driver and the passenger had to pay euros an hour. Finally, after receiving clearance from a physician in a French hospital, the cruise passenger and her daughter booked a flight back to Miami where surgery was performed upon her shoulder. It appears, that she will have a significant permanent injury and be left with limitations regarding the use of her right arm.
Per the contract of passage with Royal Caribbean, suit had to be filed in Miami-Dade County within one (1) year from the date of sailing.