In February 2019, Casey Holladay, 26, was a passenger on the Mariner of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean vessel. He and his friends were having fun on a trampoline deck, a new attraction known as The Sky Pad. In this attraction, several trampolines were enclosed within a large cage. Those inside attach bungee cords to themselves via a harness and are given space to perform acrobatics. Holladay’s bungee cord snapped, causing him to fall 20 feet onto the hard deck of the cruise ship.
Holladay experienced a dislocated shoulder and fractured pelvis causing him to be permanently disabled. He is currently relying on a wheelchair for mobility and has several plates and screws in his pelvis. Holladay cannot bear any weight on his pelvis and is still must regularly see his physicians. He is expected to need at least one hip replacement in the future and extensive, long-term physical therapy. His lawyer has stated that he remains in a great deal of pain and will be permanently affected by his injuries. Holladay was initially kept in the vessel’s medical facility. It took hours for the vessel to return to Miami, Florida, where he was transferred to Jackson Trauma Center. He was admitted to the hospital for the next 10 days while he received treatment for his extensive injuries.
Royal Caribbean Closes Attraction
The cruise ship line confirmed on Twitter that it has temporarily closed The Sky Pad attraction on the Mariner of the Seas and the Independence of the Seas. The company stated it is conducting a safety review.
Was the Cruise Line Negligent?
Holladay is suing Royal Caribbean claiming the cruise line was negligent in several ways. To begin with, it appears the cruise ship did not have proper safety measures in place. There was no padding on the ground surrounding the attraction to soften someone’s fall if the other equipment failed. The area surrounding the attraction was a hard surface, like a basketball court, according to Holladay’s attorney. Holladay and his legal team also claim Royal Caribbean’s staff is not properly trained to operate and maintain such risky attractions. They do not have adequate knowledge or skills to consider the inherent safety risks of the attractions.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries because of a cruise line employees negligence or dangerous cruise ship attraction, contact our Miami cruise ship lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. right away. We have decades of experience representing cruise ship passengers, and we have developed a strong reputation and track record of success. We are not afraid to hold large cruise lines responsible for careless and reckless conduct that puts their passengers in harm’s way. To reach Gerson & Schwartz P.A, you can call us at (877) 475-2905 or submit your information through our online form. We are happy to talk with you during a free initial consultation.
Cruise Ship Passenger Experienced Catastrophic Injuries
Were You Injured on a Cruise Ship Attraction?
If you or a loved one participated in an attraction onboard a cruise ship and were injured, call our cruise ship lawyers in Miami right away. It is essential that you have an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer review the circumstances. If there are signs that the cruise line was careless or reckless in creating, maintaining, and operating the attraction, you may have a legal claim. We are here to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and your injuries and guide you through the legal process of pursuing compensation. Our Miami cruise ship lawyers are not afraid to file a lawsuit against a cruise line and either take the case to trial or negotiate with the company’s insurer. We will take an aggressive and comprehensive approach to pursuing full and fair compensation for your cruise ship injuries. To learn more, contact Gerson & Schwartz P.A. through our online form or call 877-475-2905.