Celebrity Cruises & Royal Caribbean Cruises Personal Injury Lawsuit Involving Cruise Ship Passenger Who Allegedly Severed Part Of Her Index Finger Survives Motion To Dismiss

September 2, 2011

Celebrity Cruises & Royal Caribbean Cruises Cruise Ship Passenger Whose Finger Was Allegedly Severed By A Cruise Ship Lounger Lounge Chair Survives Motion To Dismiss Her Personal Injury Lawsuit Complaint.

A personal injury lawsuit filed against Celebrity Cruises Inc. (“Celebrity”) and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (“Royal Caribbean”) and others (collectively “Defendants”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (styled Elise R. Lobegeiger v. Celebrity Cruises Inc. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Personal Injury Case No. 11-21620-CIV-Altonaga/Simonton) alleging that plaintiff, who was a passenger aboard the cruise ship Celebrity Mercury during the “12-Night Ultimate Alaska Cruise” from May 5 to May 17, 2010, and who injured her left index finger after it was severed at the third interphallangeal joint allegedly after the back of a Brianna Sun Lounger lounge chair near Deck 11 of the cruise ship allegedly crashed down on her hand, can proceed, according to the court’s order denying, in part, a motion to dismiss the Celebrity Cruises & Royal Caribbean Cruises Cruise Ship personal injury lawsuit complaint.

The federal district court in the Celebrity Cruises & Royal Caribbean Cruises Cruise Ship personal injury lawsuit also reportedly held that a plaintiff generally may seek to recover punitive damages under general maritime law where the plaintiff’s injury may be due to a defendant’s “wanton, willful, or outrageous conduct.”

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