The newspaper reports that the shipboard incident is the latest in a series of strange cases where Chinese tourists have resorted to shows of “patriotism” when they have been inconvenienced.
The lawsuit alleged that Celebrity should have warned passengers about the "extremely hot" deck. But at the same time, anyone suffering from peripheral neuropathy affecting his feet should obviously take special precautions to avoid this type of injury.
There is no mention in the articles whether the passenger thought to simply touch the surface with his hand and then wear his shoes, or sandals, or flip-flops across the hot deck to the pool.
The guest had gone swimming in the ship pool after taking off his flip-flops; but when it was time to get out of the pool, someone had removed his flip-flops, requiring him to step on the hot deck with his bare feet. Also, absent an agreement to extend the filing deadline, lawsuits against a cruise line must be filed within one year of the accident/injury.
He suffered from diabetic neuropathy and did not feel the severity of the heat as it burned his feet. The curious thing about the recent Celebrity lawsuit is that is was filed in federal court in Brooklyn and that it was brought nearly four years after the incident in July 2014. The docket sheet for the Celebrity lawsuit shows that the case was filed on May 10, 2018 (almost 3 years too late).
The case ended with a jury returning a defense verdict against the passenger.
Carnival is not the only cruise line sued for super-hot pool decks.
At least one hot Lido deck - burned feet case, very similar to the current Celebrity case, went to trial against Carnival last year.
I heard that it also involved a guest with a pre-existing peripheral neuropathy involving his feet due to diabetes.
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