Lawsuit Filed Against Carnival Cruise After Ship Tilt

A federal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Cruise after the ship tilted, or listed, for around a minute on October 28, 2018. The incident occurred just moments after setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, for a five-day Caribbean cruise. The tilt caused glasses, dishes, and furniture on the ship to fall to the floor. In a letter to the passengers the next day, the incident was blamed on a malfunction with an electrical switchboard that impacted the ship’s use of stabilizers.

Susan and Charles Orgbon of Georgia and Alveta Armstrong of North Carolina were three of the passengers who filed the lawsuit. Susan Orgbon alleges she suffered an injury to her spine when she was ejected from a chair during the tilting. Her husband, Charles Orgbon, suffered injury to his wrist as he tried to catch her from falling. Armstrong alleges she suffered injury to her knee in a fall caused by the tilt. All three of the passengers were in the ship’s restaurant at the time of the incident.

The lawsuit alleges that Carnival was negligent in training its staff and maintaining the ship. The suit further alleges that this negligence and the lack of training led to the incident, and subsequently, caused the injuries to the passengers.

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