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Cruise passenger sues over fall in buffet area

By The Florida Record | Feb 4, 2016

MIAMI — An Arizona woman is suing NCL (Bahamas) Ltd., doing business as Norwegian Cruise Line, saying she was injured in a fall while on a cruise.

Lisa Burka's suit says the cruise line, incorporated in Bermuda with its principal place of business in Miami, is liable for her injuries on grounds of alleged design defect, failure to warn and negligence.

The Norwegian Breakaway passenger filed a complaint on Feb. 1 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division against Norwegian Cruise Line, alleging that the foreign cruise liner installed tile material that becomes slippery when wet.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff slipped and fell in a buffet area on Feb. 6, 2015, resulting in serious, debilitating and permanent injuries. The plaintiff claims Norwegian Cruise Line is responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to implement a reasonable method of operation for the safety of its passengers.

The plaintiff seeks the following: compensation for economic damages and medical, psychological and other related expenses; lost income; loss of ability to earn; loss of enjoyment of life; all court costs and expenses; and any other relief that the court may deem just or appropriate. She is represented by John H. Hickey of Hickey Law Firm, P.A., in Miami.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division Case number 1:16-cv-20372

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