A group of Carnival Cruise Line passengers who allegedly were injured when their cruise ship listed to its side due to a technical problem are suing the cruise line.
A couple from Georgia and a North Carolina woman filed the lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line in a South Florida federal court on Tuesday, Jan. 15. They claim cruise line’s negligence caused the Carnival Sunshine to tilt to its side for about a minute just moments after setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, on a five-day Caribbean cruise Oct. 28.
Several passengers aboard the cruise reported tables, chairs, and other furniture sliding as dishes of food, glasses, merchandise, and other things fell from table tops, counters, and displays. Many of the passengers reported suffering from cuts and bruises, but the plaintiffs suing Carnival say their injuries were much more serious.
The plaintiffs are among multiple passengers who say severe bodily injuries from the accident have caused pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, hospital expenses, medical and nursing care treatment, lost wages, and future loss of earnings.
The lawsuit seeks a trial by jury and damages in excess of $75,000, not including interests, lawyer fees, and other costs.
“Carnival Sunshine experienced a technical issue which caused the ship to list for approximately one minute,” the cruise line said in a statement shortly after the incident, According to the Miami Herald. “We remain confident of the safety of the ship as we are committed to the safety of our guests and crew.”
Lawyers for the plaintiffs allege Carnival failed to maintain the electrical switchboard in a safe and reasonable manner, which caused the fin stabilizer to malfunction and the ship to tilt drastically to one side.
The lawyers allege that they feel Carnival “had actual knowledge of the risk-creating conditions and failed to implement proper methods of inspection, which would have avoided the outcome.”