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A jury in a federal injury lawsuit has awarded $21.5 million in damages to a vacationing businessman from Illinois who suffered injury aboard a cruise ship owned by defendant Holland America that was sailing around the world in 280 days. Plaintiff suffered a minor brain injury when he was struck in the head by the sliding glass door.cruiseship

That may seem like an astronomical sum, but part of the reason it was so high was because the jury awarded $16.5 million in punitive damages.

In Florida, per F.S. 768.72, punitive damages in a civil lawsuit can only be claimed where a defendant acts with either:

Liability for criminal actions almost exclusively rests with the criminal.

However, in civil cases, that’s not always entirely true. There are some cases when third parties can be held responsible for the criminal actions of someone else. Mostly, we see this in premises liability cases, where an entity had a duty to protect the victim and failed in that duty, precipitating the criminal attack. abuse

These claims are referred to as “negligent security.”