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Louisiana maritime law: Flooring type on ships matters

A man in another state recently filed a lawsuit against a cruise ship company for injuries he says he suffered while as a passenger. As maritime law applies in this case, the lawsuit has been filed in federal court. Louisiana residents who find themselves in similar situations as this gentleman can turn to an attorney who has experience handling maritime cases in the federal court arena.

According to a recent news report, the plaintiff took a cruise in June 2016. While aboard the Spirit of Norfolk, he was playing a game of cornhole and fell because he was not able to slide his feet on the type of flooring laid in that part of the vessel. The report did not specify what type of injuries the victim experienced. It was only noted that he is seeking $375,000 in damages.

The owners of the cruise ship installed no-skid flooring on the vessel for the purpose of preventing passenger injury. They have filed an answer, denying that their flooring choice puts their passengers' safety at risk and denying responsibility for the plaintiff's injuries. Court dates regarding this matter have not been reported. Only time will tell how this matter is resolved.

At the end of the day, flooring type on ships matters. Louisiana residents and visitors to the state who suffer injuries aboard cruise ships because of vessel owner flooring choice may, like the gentleman in the story above, seek damages for any resulting losses. An experienced maritime law attorney can review the details of one's case and, if deemed appropriate, help one take legal action.

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