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Sept. 27, 2020

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Jury awards Disney cruise worker $4M


PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Florida jury has decided that a Disney Cruise Line worker deserves $4 million from the company based on her claim that she got inadequate medical care from ship doctors after she was hit by a car during a port of call.

The Brevard County jury earlier this month ordered the cruise line to pay Maria Ana Reis Martins the judgment. The Miami Herald reported that it included $2 million for lost earnings, $1 million for pain and suffering and $1 million for punishment.

It is the first time that Disney Cruise Line has a lost a personal injury case involving a ship worker in a jury trial, said Julio Ayala, Martins’ attorney.

According to Martins’ complaint, a car hit her when she was ashore in the Bahamas in 2013. The ship’s medical team failed to diagnose three broken ribs and said she was fit for work in her job as a dining room server.