A Colombian man recently lost his thumb in a cruise ship accident that took place while he was vacationing on a Caribbean cruise. The injured man alleges that a cabin door slammed on his thumb, severing it from the rest of his hand. The man’s wife had been holding the door open with her foot, and when she moved her foot, the door closed in on the man’s thumb. By the time the man received medical care, it was too late to reattach his thumb. The man has now sued Disney Cruise, seeking compensation for the injuries he suffered.
The cruise ship accident attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have had clients with amputated limbs resulting from serious accidents, and cruise ship accidents are no exception. At first glance, it appears that this man’s thumb may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, resting on a door frame while his wife held the door open with her foot. However, there is always more to the story, and our attorneys are skilled at evaluating cases thoroughly to determine if fault should be placed on someone other than the injured individual.
This man may not have lost his thumb had his wife not taken her foot off from the door. But, it is important to keep in mind that the door itself may not have operated in a safe manner. Additional factors to consider when investigating a cruise ship accident like this one include, but are not limited to the following:
- Whether or not there was a failsafe mode on the door to prevent it from slamming shut (i.e., door sensors);
- Whether or not the door was in poor or inoperable condition at the time the accident occurred (i.e., whether or not the door received the proper and required maintenance);
- Whether or not the injured individual and other passengers were warned that injuries may occur if you stand in a doorway; and
- Whether or not the injured individual received timely and adequate medical care.
The Colombian man who lost his thumb did not receive medical care quick enough to save his thumb. Whether or not this is the fault of the cruise ship is something that would need to be investigated by a qualified attorney. If the cruise ship did not follow its own policies and procedures regarding medical treatment for injured passengers, then the cruise ship may be held responsible for causing the injuries the man alleges in the lawsuit against Disney, at least as to failing to ensure he received the required medical attention.
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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a cruise ship accident, a South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorney may be able to help you better understand what options you have for moving forward. All cruise ship accident cases present their own set of unique facts and circumstances. As such, it is important that you have a true advocate standing by your side. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we have more than130 years of combined professional experience helping clients overcome a very difficult time. We have received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and have also been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. If you would like to discuss your potential case with one of our South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys, contact Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today by calling (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation. You may also contact us online by visiting our website.