24 February 2016

$90,000 Awarded in Cruise Ship Fall

By:Daily Business Review

An elderly woman has recovered damages after a fall on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship.

Elizabeth McQuillan, then 80, fell and dislocated her shoulder while retrieving luggage aboard the Norwegian Jewel in port in New Orleans in October 2013.

McQuillan, who underwent shoulder replacement surgery, sued NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. for negligence. Co-defendants Norwegian Cruise Line and Norwegian Jewel MV were dismissed. In an attempt to retrieve her bags, plaintiffs counsel claimed McQuillan fell in a floor drop.

The defense argued she should not have walked into an area designated for crew only, and the jury agreed in part. The jury found NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. 60 percent liable and McQuillan 40 percent liable for a $90,000 net award to McQuillan.

Case: McQuillan v. Norwegian Cruise Line

Case no.: 14-cv-23823-DPG

Plaintiffs attorneys: Chris E. Smith and G. Morgan Holder, Smith & Holder, Gulfport, Mississippi

Defense attorneys: Brett M. Berman, Norwegian Cruise Line, Miami; Richard J. McAlpin and Daniel S. Marcotte, McAlpin Conroy, Miami

Read more: http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202750502185/90000-Awarded-in-Cruise-Ship-Fall#ixzz417Z1nxAC

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