Each day, thousands of people travel to the Port of Miami to board cruise ships for what they hope is a vacation of a lifetime. The last thing anyone wants to experience is a serious injury. Although it is impossible to keep every cruise ship passenger happy, cruise lines are responsible for the safety of their guests. Recently, two women have filed lawsuits against Carnival Cruise Lines, alleging the company’s negligence caused their slip and fall accidents. Felicia Ward and Melissa Nini both filed complaints on December 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Nini claims she suffered injuries from a slip and fall on October 12 after tripping on a puddle of water on the floor. She claims Carnival employees knowingly created a dangerous situation and did not properly warn passengers. Nini has requested a trial by jury and is seeking damages, interest and all legal fees along with any other relief deemed by the court.
Ward’s complaint stems from slip and fall accident she suffered aboard Carnival’s Valor cruise ship back on August 20. She claims the company failed to place slip-resistant materials on the ship’s floor and stairs. Ward also claims the ship’s employees failed to remove water from the floor and did not properly warn passengers of the the slippery conditions. She is suing for damages in excess of $75,000.
The Carnival lawsuits encompass numerous areas of personal injury law. First, the company is accused of failing to provide a safe environment for its passengers, which would qualify as premises liability. Both passengers suffered slip and falls, which is one of the most common types of personal injury cases. Under Florida law the plaintiffs would have to prove Carnival was negligent. However, many of these laws change once a person boards a cruise ship. Here is why.
Many slip and fall accident victims do not properly know their rights. They often make mistakes, such as failing to immediately seek treatment to document their injuries. Another common mistake is not taking any pictures or video of the accident scene to provide visual evidence. The legal team at Neufeld Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. has successfully represented countless men and women from throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for various personal injury cases. They utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach to ensure accident victims receive the proper compensation they deserve to account for their medical expenses, damages, lost wages along with pain and suffering. To learn more on how a Miami personal injury lawyer can help, contact the law offices at Neufeld Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.