Norwegian Cruise Line Sued Over Go-Kart Injury
The parents of a teenage girl have filed a lawsuit against Norwegian Cruises after their daughter suffered an injury while riding their go-karts. Cruise ship injury lawsuits are often related to excursions or attractions offered by the cruise ship. In these cases, the cruise ship has direct control over the attraction. They are responsible for the safety of the attraction. In cases where someone is injured, the cruise line could be held liable for injuries sustained from enjoying the attraction.
In the aforementioned lawsuit, the cruise ship is being sued because a 14-year-old girl sustained serious injuries while riding on a go-cart. According to the lawsuit, she lost control of the go-cart and sustained injuries to her head, neck, shoulder, back, and legs. Her attorney alleges that she suffered whiplash and a potential traumatic brain injury.
Cruise ship attractions
Cruise lines offer a number of potentially dangerous attractions to their guests. These include ziplines, go-karts, waterslides, and even roller coasters. Usually, the cruise ship is responsible for maintaining these attractions which become more dangerous aboard a moving vessel than they would be otherwise. While in some cases, attractions or excursions are outsourced to another company, most attractions are safeguarded only by cruise line employees.
Norwegian Cruises would have a duty of care to ensure that all of their go-karts were working properly prior to making them available to guests. If they failed in this duty of care, they could be held liable for the plaintiff’s damages.
In many cases, cruise lines require guests to sign waivers of liability if they are injured on an attraction. These waivers may be legally binding in some cases, but not in others. In cases where the waivers are not legally binding, it would be because the cruise line had a duty of care to ensure the safety of the attraction. In this case, the plaintiff can argue that there was something wrong with the go-cart that caused her to lose control and sustain injury. If there was nothing wrong with the go-cart, then it would be much more difficult for the parents to win their claim against Norwegian Cruises.
An attorney for the plaintiff plans on arguing that the waiver is not legally enforceable. In other words, the waiver would not prevent the plaintiff from filing a personal injury lawsuit against Norwegian Cruises. In some cases, the waivers can be very difficult to overcome. Norwegian Cruises will likely argue that the plaintiff signed the waiver and then lost control of the go-cart because of her own mishandling of the vehicle. The plaintiffs will want to argue that there was something wrong with the go-cart and that’s why the plaintiff lost control.
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