Multiple Lawsuits Cite Negligence Relating to Cruise Ship Doors

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A pair of recent cruise ship lawsuits highlight the dangers of cruise ship doors, and the risks cruise lines run in not making the doors safe for passengers.

The Florida Record reports that the father of a Virginia child is suing Disney Cruises after the child was injured on one of the company’s cruise ships. The complaint was filed on April 17th in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division.

The complaint alleges that, as the family sailed on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship on April 25, 2016, a cruise ship door slammed on the child’s fingers, causing significant injuries. The suit alleges that Disney failed to maintain the doors in a safe manner for guests, and also failed to mark the doorway with warnings of the dangers.

In a similar lawsuit, the Northern California Record reports that a Texas man named Robert A. King filed suit against Princess Cruises after a door on one of its ships closed on his hand and amputated one of his fingers.

The suit, which was filed on May 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division alleges that as King sailed on the Caribbean Princess a door slammed on his thumb as he entered his cabin’s restroom, amputating it.

The suit alleges that the defendants failed to provide King with a safe environment, among other negligence.