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Client injured on cruise ship

22 April 2009

A client was on a cruise ship which failed to stop in time when docking at port and collided with the quay. She was thrown off balance and suffered a whiplash type injury. She required treatment whilst on board and the activities planned for day trips off the ship were hindered. Whilst liability was admitted early on, causation issues were raised. The defendants argued that no other passenger complained of injury and despite the damage to the quay, the impact felt on board was not sufficient to cause injury. An initial offer of £500 to conclude matters was made. However, we were confident she had suffered a more serious injury and medical evidence confirmed that she had suffered a whiplash type injury and so the defendants eventually settled in the sum of £3,500.