Royal Caribbean Cruises offices at the Port of Miami. Photo: J. Albert Diaz/ALM.

MARITIME

U.S. DISTRICT COURT, MIAMI

A cruise passenger who injured his ankle while ice skating on the ship’s rink was awarded $433,534.

Edgardo Lebron claimed the cruise line was negligent for rink maintenance and for providing him with a skate that had not been laced properly. He also claimed a ship’s employee checked him before he got in the rink and mentioned no problem.

The defense argued Lebron should have been aware of the danger of an improperly laced skate and that falling is an inherent risk with skating. Counsel also denied Lebron was given a defectively laced skate. The jury found the cruise line, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., 65 percent liable and Lebron 35 percent liable, resulting in a net recovery of $433,534.

Case: Lebron v. Royal Caribbean Cruises

Case No.: 1:16-cv-24687-KMW

Plaintiffs attorneys: Spencer Aronfeld, Raul G. Delgado II, Matthias Hayashi and Javier Jerez, Aronfeld Trial Lawyers, Coral Gables

Defense attorneys: Rachael M. Fagenson and Darren W. Friedman, Foreman Friedman, Miami