Disney has been ordered to pay a Disney Cruise Line worker 4 million dollars.
On December 19, 2019, a jury in Brevard County ruled that Maria Ana Reis Martins a $4 million judgement in regards to an injury she received in September, 2013.
According to Martins’ complaint, she was hit by car while ashore at Nassau in the Bahamas in 2013. When she returned to be checked by the ship’s medical team they failed to diagnose the three broken ribs and she was deemed fit for duty. For 10 days she returned to her serving duty in the dining room.
Upon returning to Florida she was seen by a doctor and it was then her three broken ribs were diagnosed. After her diagnosis, the company sent her home to her native Portugal for five months for treatment and recovery. When she returned to work on the Disney Dream in April, 2014. Unfortunately, she was back only a month before she had to leave due to nerve damage.
She initiated her lawsuit in December 2015.
According to her attorney, Julio Ayala, this is the first time that the Disney Cruise Line has lost a personal injury case involving a ship employee. The jury assigned 70% of the negligence to Martins and 30% to Disney Cruise Lines.
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Source: Miami Herald