Royal Caribbean Cruises passenger alleges negligence caused he fall near flowrider on ship

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 14, 2017

MIAMI – A woman alleges she had to leave a cruise early to obtain medical treatment needed because of a fall on the ship.

MIAMI – A woman alleges she had to leave a cruise early to obtain medical treatment needed because of a fall on the ship.

Cheryl Hill filed a complaint on March 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 5, 2016, she fell because of a slippery surface on the deck near the Allure of the Seas' flowrider attraction. She alleges she sustained a severe fracture to her left ankle, aggravated a herniated disc in her lumbar spine, suffered from physical impairment and/or disability, mental anguish, and the loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, and had to fly home early to obtain emergency medical care.

The plaintiff holds Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to ensure that the deck is kept in a reasonably safe condition, failed to conduct timely and routine inspections of the deck area, and failed to post appropriate slip hazard warnings at the bleacher area.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant, damages, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs. She is represented by Farris J. Martin III and James W. Stroup of Stroup & Martin PA in Fort Lauderdale.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20922

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