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Colson Hicks Eidson Attorneys Help Recover $20.3 Million Verdict Against Royal Caribbean

June 11, 2018
Colson Hicks Eidson

Attorneys Deborah J. Gander and Susan S. Carlson of Colson Hicks Eidson and Tonya J. Meister of Meister Law recovered a $20.3 million verdict against Royal Caribbean Cruises on behalf of Lisa Spearman, the plaintiff. Lisa suffered a serious injury while working aboard a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean, who was found 100 percent negligent in the case.

Lisa, an officer of the RCCL ship the Voyager of the Seas, was injured during a fire safety drill. During the drill, Lisa was trying to assist another crewmember who had gone through a remote-controlled power door. As the doors began to close on the other crewmember, Lisa pressed down on the handle designed for manual control. She was pulled into the recess pocket, which resulted in her hand being crushed. Lisa suffered serious physical and emotional injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, complex regional pain syndrome and chronic pain disorder. These injuries have tremendously impacted her life.

Our team is proud about winning this case and raising awareness to victims of cruise line injuries. Gander said, “We hope this case will bring awareness and lead to substantial safety changes aboard cruise ships so that injuries like Lisa’s, and those of the twelve other crewmembers, can be avoided.”

Have You Been Injured Aboard a Cruise Ship?

If you have been injured during your stay on a cruise ship or as a crewmember, or if you suffered an injury on a shore excursion planned by the cruise ship, then you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Contact 305-476-7400 or use our confidential online case review form to schedule a free consultation.