According to About Lawsuits, a Carnival cruise ship passenger has filed a lawsuit alleging she had suffered a fractured knee cap from slip and fall injury on the pool deck. Following trial earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungara awarded the victim almost $3 million in damages for medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Denise Kaba filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging her injury was sustained on the Carnival Pride cruise ship on August 22, 2009. As a result of her slip and fall injuries, Kaba suffered a fractured patella that resulted in the need for at least six knee surgeries and she will need at least one total knee replacement in the future.
Kaba claimed she suffered a slip and fall injury as a result of the use of a resin surface on the pool deck, which made the surface hard and slippery as ice. Orlando injury lawyer warns consumers that Carnival has been aware of numerous prior injuries associated with falls on the flooring surface on the Carnival Pride and other Carnival cruise ships.
Judge Ungara awarded $220,000 in past medical expenses, nearly $375,000 in future medical expenses and over $170,000 for loss of earning capacity, $200,000 for pain and suffering and nearly $2 million for future non-economic damages.