An American woman alleges that a bed fell on her during an ocean cruise, causing injuries.
Emily Ethel has filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, alleging negligence, the Florida Record reports.
The plaintiff alleges that on 1 March 2016, she sustained physical injuries from being struck on the head by a bed in her cabin. The bed complained of is described as a Murphy bed, a term used in North America to describe a wall bed, pull-down bed or fold-down bed.
Such beds are hinged at one end to store vertically against a wall. They are popular space savers in places where space is at a premium, such as cruise ship cabins, railway sleeper compartments, attics and loft apartments.
The plaintiff holds Royal Caribbean responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly warn the plaintiff “regarding the hazardous condition aboard its vessel”, the news outlet reports. It did not name the ship.
The plaintiff, who is represented by a South Florida legal firm, has requested trial by jury. She seeks judgment against the defendant for losses plus any other relief that the court deems just.
Written by Peter Needham