One year after the Carnival Triumph cruise ship caught fire and lost power in the Gulf of Mexico, one woman that was on the disastrous cruise says she was “mentally injured” from what happened to her while on the vessel.
According to CNN, the 54-year-old mother of two and grandmother of three was very emotional during her testimony before a US federal judge in Miami, during the first civil trial about the February 2013 voyage. The woman is among 31 passengers who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Carnival, alleging the company’s responsibility for the ill-fated voyage.
During her testimony, the 54 year old described in explicit detail what it was like on the ship as it sat disabled for days in the Gulf of Mexico. She described terrified passengers huddled on decks, with filthy toilets overflowing into hallways, no power, almost total darkness, long lines for rationed water and almost no food.
This trial is expected to continue for several weeks, with lawyers for passengers and lawyers for the cruise line arguing over “whether, and to what degree, passengers got injured, if they remain hurt and how much Carnival should pay for those damages,” according to the CNN article.
Should I Contact a Lawyer If I Was Injured on a Cruise Ship?
As injury attorney Joseph Kalbac explains in the video below, even if you sign a waiver before going on a cruise ship, it does not mean that you do not have legal options following an injury.
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Did You Know: According to the International Maritime Organization, a cruise ship is subject to the laws of the country whose flag it flies. The Carnival Triumph sails under a Bahamian flag.
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