A Seattle jury has awarded James Hausman, an Illinois man, $21.5 million in his lawsuit against Holland America. He suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when he was hit by an automatic sliding door on board a Holland America Line cruise. Hausman, a successful businessman, was on an eight-month cruise around the world with his wife and daughter when the incident happened. On Nov. 26, 2011, in the South Pacific at a location around the equator, Hausman walked out to the ship’s pool when an automatic sliding door opened and he was struck in the side of the head.
Doctors diagnosed Hausman with a mild traumatic brain injury and post concussive syndrome. Hausman’s wife Carol said he now has problems with dizziness and fatigue. Mrs. Hausman added:
This was a man who used to sleep less than I did and now this is a man who sleeps much more than I ever hope to sleep. He doesn’t like to be in public, he doesn’t like to be in places with too much stimulation, too much bright lights. He just can’t tolerate that stuff in the way that he used to be able to.
According to Hausman’s lawyers, Rick Friedman and David Roosa, the incident was one of more than a dozen involving automatic sliding doors on Holland America cruises where medical care was needed in the three years leading up to the incident. The motivation for Hausman filing the suit was to make Holland America take accountability and responsibility for the incident that happened on their watch, according to David Roosa.
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