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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:

Reversing an earlier summary judgment from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in favor of a cruise line after a slip-and-fall injury, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit remanded the case for trial. cruiseline

That means the woman who fractured her risk after slipping and falling on the pool deck of the cruise ship will have the opportunity to have her case, Sorrels v. NCL, heard by a jury.

A previous ruling in favor of the cruise ship stemmed from the exclusion of expert witness testimony and related publications regarding the coefficient of friction on the surface of the ship. Sometimes referred to as COF, the coefficient of friction refers to the degree of friction on a given surface that provides slip resistance.