GALVESTON — A California man is suing Royal Caribbean Cruises, alleging negligence led to an unsafe work environment that caused injuries to the plaintiff.

Gerald Dahir of Harbor City, Calif., filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 in Galveston County District Court against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., alleging violation of the Jones Act and the General Maritime Law of the United States.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 13, 2015, Dahir, a musician performing for a Royal Caribbean cruise, sustained injuries when his lower bunk bed gave way and broke. The suit says Dahir suffered serious and debilitating injuries to his right leg and right knee. 

The plaintiff alleges Royal Caribbean Cruises breached its duty to protect its employees, failed to hire competent master and/or crew, failed to properly secure the bunk bed, failed to provide a seaworthy vessel and failed and/or refused to provide maintenance and cure. Dahir says the cost of his injuries could reach more than $1 million.

Dahir seeks trial by jury, judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of the court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of court, and all other relief to which he is justly entitled. He is represented by attorney Matthew D. Shaffer of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris LLP in Houston.

Galveston County District Court Case number 16-CV-0956

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