On April 6, 2016 a Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Escape passenger filed a lawsuit in the Federal Southern District Court of Florida, after alleging she suffered injuries inside the water slide aboard their cruise ship.
Gisella Llanes, who is a resident of Miami-Dade County Florida, said that she was aboard Norwegian Escape and was using the enclosed water slide when she got stuck on the slide and couldn’t get out. The lawsuit alleges a “mechanical/engineering failure” caused the incident.
Llanes alleges the Norwegian Escape had two water slide attendants on duty, one at the top of the slide and one at the bottom of the slide. Their duty was to assist passengers onto and off the slide and coordinate with each other before each passenger used the slide.
While using the slide she got stuck and yelled for help. But, the two crew members in attendance at the water slide sent another passenger down the water slide, even though she had not exited.
She allegedly suffered “left ankle bruise, swelling and limping along with neck/head injury. She is suing the cruise line for $75,000.
The lawyer who filed the lawsuit, is not a Florida Admiralty and Maritime Law Certified Lawyer. He is licensed to practice in Florida, but he does not claim to be a “maritime lawyer”. That is very important. Only lawyers who are bar certified in the specialty area can claim, even loosely, the are Maritime Lawyers.
On his website he says, “I began my career as a student intern with the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office and was able to handle a case load as a student. From 1997 – 2002 when I graduated Law School I was a Public Defender here in Miami-Dade County defending people and handling serious criminal cases including felonies such as drug trafficking, murder, and people accused of sexual crimes.”
A few years back, I reported a lawyer to the Florida Bar, for a number of Bar regulation violations, including claiming he was a Maritime Lawyer, which was deceptive. He was not a Maritime Law Certified Lawyer. The Bar made him clean up the deceptive advertising on his website.
Before hiring a maritime attorney, check out the list of lawyers who have faced Disciplinary Action including suspension and being disbarred. Some lawyers practiced law any way. There were 226 lawyers who were disicplined by the Florida Bar, from April 4 to June 30, 2016 alone. A thousand or more have faced the bar in any given year.
If the lawyer you are considering for a case, has not faced disciplinary action and are on the Florida Bar website list of Florida Admiralty and Maritime Law Certified Lawyer, you have done your due diligence. Our Cruise Laws website has more information.
Video: Norwegian Escape Aqua Park Water Slides