ORLANDO, Fla. — A lawsuit against Disney Cruise Line alleges that a passenger’s thumb was cut off during a Caribbean cruise when a cabin door slammed shut on it, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The suit, filed in Orlando federal court, claims that passenger Marco Fidel Castro suffered the amputation of his thumb on or about April 26.
Castro, a citizen and resident of Colombia, and his family were allegedly getting ready for the captain’s dinner on the second night of the cruise when the incident happened.
“He was near the hallway door with his thumb on the door frame and his wife was holding the door open with her foot,” Castro’s attorney Jordan Wagner told the Sentinel. “She moved and her foot came away and he didn’t realize the door was closing. The door slammed shut with force.”
According to Castro’s attorney, he picked up his severed thumb and went to see the ship’s doctor. He was treated by a nurse who bandaged the wound and put the thumb on ice.
Castro went for days without seeing another doctor; when the ship docked in Puerto Rico two days later, a doctor told him it was too late to reattach his thumb, Wagner said.
According to the Sentinel, the suit alleges the following against Disney Cruse Line: failure to maintain cruise cabin doors in a safe manner; failure to warn anyone of the dangers associated with the cabin doors; failure to provide safety devices on the hinges of the cabin doors; failure to provide timely and adequate medical care.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Disney Cruise Line has not commented on the suit, the Sentinel reports.