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DEFENDANT’S Admiralty – Trip and fall on cruise ship – Alleged dangerous stair condition – Patella dislocation to plaintiff passenger.

U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida

This maritime law action arose when the plaintiff tripped and fell while a passenger on one of the defendant’s cruise ships. The plaintiff alleged that the fall was caused by a dangerous stair condition aboard the ship. The defendant denied notice of a problem with the stairs and argued that the plaintiff failed to watch where she was walking and miss-stepped on the stairs.

The plaintiff contended that her foot struck a piece of loose, protruding metal trim as she walked down the defendant’s stairs, causing her to trip and fall. The plaintiff sustained a dislocated patella as a result of the fall.

The defendant argued that the ship was reasonably maintained and that it had no notice of a problem with the stairs. The defense also contended that the plaintiff failed to use due caution and missed a step while walking down the stairs.The jury found no negligence on the part of the defendant which was a legal cause of injury to the plaintiff. The case is currently on appeal.

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