LOS ANGELES — A New Jersey passenger is suing Princess Cruises, alleging negligence in allowing a ship's stair to remain slippery, leading to injuries for the plaintiff.
Bernadette Bednarik filed a complaint March 2 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Princess Cruise Lines, LTD, doing business as Princess Cruises, and Does 1 through 10, alleging failure to exercise reasonable care for passengers' safety.
According to the complaint, on March 4, 2017, Bednarkik was a paying passenger aboard the defendant's cruise ship Royal Princess. The suit says Bednarik fell on a set of slippery stairs that were neither properly designed nor properly maintained.
As a result, Bednarik says she suffered physical injuries, disfigurement and incurred doctor and medical expenses.
The plaintiff alleges Princess Cruises failed to maintain the stair tread surfaces so the stairs were not slippery when wet and failed to monitor the stair deck surfaces for water buildup to keep passengers from traversing the surfaces.
Bednarik seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages exceeding $75,000, reimbursement of all taxable costs, prejudgment interest, and all other further relief the court deems just and proper. She is represented by attorneys Lyle C. Cavin Jr. and Lia T. Marks of Law Offices of Lyle C. Cavin Jr. in Oakland.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-01788