In 2013, an engine room fire broke out on the Carnival Triumph. The cruise ship was set to sail from Galveston, Texas to Cozumel, but instead found itself adrift 150 miles off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The fire caused no injuries, but left the ship without propulsion, air conditioning, or running water. For days, the passengers of the ship were forced to endure horrific conditions. Temperatures swelled on the ship and toilets overflowed. The voyage later became dubbed the “poop cruise from hell.” The stench of sewage on the ship was overwhelming and disgusting.
Our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers discovered when passengers were finally towed in and allowed off the hellish voyage, they were offered a mere $500 in compensation and another Carnival cruise. Offended and traumatized by the voyage gone wrong, several passengers filed lawsuits against Carnival. One lawsuit filed on behalf of a Texas woman reported that the woman was forced to endure horrendous odors and such filth that she feared contracting a serious illness.
Another lawsuit filed on behalf of a Texas passenger in Miami alleged that the passenger experienced severe dehydration and bruising due to aggressive food lines. The passenger was so ill upon return to shore that she had to be given intravenous fluids in an emergency room.
Now, two days later, several verdicts have been returned in these lawsuit lodged due to the “poop cruise.” A Florida federal judge recently awarded combined damages of $118,500 to 25 Carnival cruise line passengers from Texas who set sail on the ill-fated journey. Eight of the passengers had their cases dismissed and are facing motions filed by Carnival to collect taxes against them.
One of the passengers received $25,000, and the remaining 16 received varying awards that amounted to a sum of $93,500. This averaged out to just $5,000 a person. When you deduct for attorney’s fees and costs, and the plaintiff’s expenses likely incurred due to travel to Miami for the trial, the plaintiff’s likely pocketed very little from the lawsuit.
The case did reveal that Carnival knew dangerous problems existed on the Triumph before its departure. The cruise ship records demonstrated that one of the ship’s diesel engines was well past due for maintenance. The ship was not in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea requirements. For unknown reasons, yet likely cost issues, Carnival delayed servicing the diesel engine that later caught fire. Further, the Carnival line has a dangerous pattern of fuel leaks which is also believed to have contributed to the fire.
The litigation against Carnival serves to demonstrate the difficulties plaintiff’s face in suing cruise lines. Cruise lines have excellent attorneys to defend them and cases in this field are legally complex. Only an attorney with considerable cruise ship accident experience will stand a chance against the cruise industry giants.
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Any sort of cruise ship disaster can leave passengers injured, fearful, and psychologically stressed. Bringing a lawsuit against any cruise line is never easy and will require the assistance of an experienced attorney well versed in this unique area of law. If you have been injured on a cruise ship, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano are here to help. Our lawyers have over 130 years combined experience fighting for the recovery of cruise ship accident victims. Our unmatched professional excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can start mounting your successful case.