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Helen Jones
Executive Vice President 

On November 10, 2015, a federal jury in Seattle awarded plaintiff James Hausman $21.5 million in damages after a 2011 accident where he was hit in the head by a sliding glass door aboard a Holland America world cruise. The verdict included $5 million for past and future pain and suffering and $16.5 million in punitive damages.

Hausman’s injury was captured on a surveillance camera on board the ship. Plaintiff alleged that defendant Holland America had concealed documents detailing up to 34 similar sliding glass door incidences on board their ships. Hausman alleged that the ship’s door sensors were faulty and that the doors were programmed to open and close much faster than normal. Immediately after the accident, Hausman received medical attention by the ship’s doctors for a chipped tooth, facial contusion and a concussion. Plaintiff maintained that he still suffers long-term effects from the accident including vertigo, memory loss and seizures.

The case is: Hausman et al v. Holland America Line-USA et al

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