A jury here in Miami awarded a crew member injured on a cruise ship approximately $9,500,000 as compensation for serious injuries sustained on a NCL cruise ship.
Danny Simpson, a citizen of the U.K., was employed by spa concessionaire, Steiner Transocean, as a fitness instructor aboard the Norwegian Crown. In 2006, he slipped on the spa floor and injured his back.
Mr. Simpson sustained nerve injury to his spine which caused urological damage. He now suffers from impotence and underwent penile implant procedures. Mr. Simpson also experiences bowel and urinary problems and has to use a catheter. His family has to wash out her bowels several times a week.
Mr. Simpson, age 42, is married and has six children.
The verdict was obtained by my friend, David Brill, and his law partner Julio Ayala.
Previously, NCL reached a settlement with Mr. Simpson before trial.
Following the filing of post trial motions by Steiner's lawyers, this case will go on appeal for another year.
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Norwegian Crown Tim Martin (via worldshipny.com)