A North Carolina couple allege they were beaten by another passenger while traveling on the Carnival Ecstasy.
The couple filed a lawsuit on Feb. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corp., alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the couple alleges that on Feb. 28, 2016 they were in their cabin when someone knocked at the door. When they opened the door, the attacker pushed the door open and knocked the man down, pinning him with his knees and severely beat and assaulted him. The woman alleges that she was also struck in the face and injured.
The couple holds Carnival Corp. responsible because they failed to provide adequate and proper security to its passengers and violated its own policy by selling excessive alcoholic beverages to the couples’ attacker.
They are seeking more than $100,000 each, costs of this action and such other appropriate relief.
Cruise lines have a duty to provide guests with a safe environment. If an employee is aware of a danger and chooses not to address it, the cruise ship company can be held liable for the damages associated with an assault that occurs as a result.
The most common causes of assault aboard cruises include:
- Inadequate security
- Poor lighting
- Incomplete background checks on employees
- Broken door locks
If you have been harmed on a cruise ship, you should take immediate action. Timing plays a major role in these cases and you want to report the crime as soon as possible to strengthen your case.
Our South Florida Cruise Ship Injury & Maritime Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you pursue maximum compensation for damages. We want to make sure that the negligent party is held responsible. Call us today at 561-367-8777 or contact us online for a free consultation.