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We obtained the highest award in an admiralty / maritime case in Florida in 2011. The case involved an injured crew member from Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas who the cruise line sent back to Serbia and then denied her appropriate medical care and treatment.
We flew our client to Miami and arranged for her to see a board certified orthopedic surgeon who recommended surgery. Royal Caribbean sent her to a local "litigation doctor" who never testifies that injured crewmembers need surgery.
The three arbitrators ruled that the cruise line failed to provide our client with a safe place to work and was 100% negligent for causing her accident.
The arbitrators also found that Royal Caribbean refused to provide prompt and adequate medical treatment to its injured cruise employee, and that its failure to authorize the necessary surgery "lacked any reasonable defense."
The arbitrators awarded our client $1,250,000, the highest amount in a crewmember case last year and the most ever in a cruise arbitration matter.