A door on a Royal Caribbean ship crushed her hand. She sued for $20.3 million — and won

Miami Herald

Royal Caribbean International may be on the hook for $20.3 million after losing a case against a former employee who suffered a catastrophic injury in 2008 while she was working on board.

In August 2008, New Zealander Lisa Spearman was a marketing and revenue manager on the Miami-based cruise line’s Voyager of the Seas, which was sailing from Barcelona, Spain.

While in port, the ship was conducting a routine fire safety drill in which some of the vessel’s semi-water tight doors — powerful doors that prevent water from flooding the ship — are closed, according to Deborah Gander, Spearman’s attorney. A nurse from the port who was unaware of the drill tried to open one of the doors with a handle. Spearman was on the other side.

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