MIAMI – An Illinois woman alleges a cruise ship company's negligence caused her to fracture her toe.

Shania Salem filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division against NCL (Bahamas) LTD, doing business as Norwegian Cruise Line, citing negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 1, while she was aboard defendant's vessel as a paying guest, she decided to join a trip to Belize City. As she was embarking on a tender vessel that would ferry the passengers, the suit states, a metal gangway came down upon and crushed plaintiff’s left great toe against the platform she was standing on. She alleges the incident fractured her toe.

The plaintiff holds NCL (Bahamas) LTD responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly secure the removable gangway, failed to post warning signs of uneven gangway and possible accident, and failed to properly train its employees in the proper methods of loading passengers.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant for damages suffered as a result of the alleged incident, together with all taxable court costs and pre- and post-judgment interest. She is represented by Richard D. Rusak and Keith S. Brais of Brais & Associates PA in Miami.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division Case number 1:16-cv-23942

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