The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision today, which sided against a Canadian man who was injured while vacationing on a cruise ship.
The man, Oliver Caron, was sailing on the Norwegian Star in July 2015 when he became “completely disoriented” after drinking at the ship’s bar. Caron eventually stumbled into an employee’s only area of the ship and fell through an escape hatch, injuring himself in the process.
Caron sued Norwegian, claiming that the company had failed to warn him of “a danger that was not open or obvious."
Norwegian countered that Caron had entered an area that was clearly marked “Crew Only” and then pushed on further into restricted territory.
The trial court that originally heard Caron’s case granted summary judgment against him, and today the appeals court affirmed its ruling.