Betty B Novick, 75 – Accidental Death, Norwegian Pearl Passenger, December 17, 2014, Time of Death is unknown.
Betty B Novick, 75 and her husband Joseph A Novick, 78 from Boynton Beach, Florida were sailing at sea between St. Lucia and Willemstad, Netherland Antilles aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Pearl on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 when Betty Novick died while dining in the Le Bistro Restaurant aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship when she choked on a piece of steak and died.
Betty and Joseph had embarked on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami, Florida on Thursday, December 11, 2014 for a 17-day Caribbean cruise to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Willemstad, Aruba before returning to Miami on Monday, December 22, 2014.
A $100,000 lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of Betty Novick onJuly 30, 2015, states that on the evening of December 17, 2014 the couple had ordered steak dinners in Le Bistro Restaurant. The wrongful death lawsuit against Norwegian Cruise Lines states that Joseph Novick normally cut up the steak for his wife so she could eat it. However, he had injured his arm earlier on the cruise and had his arm in a sling, rendering him unable to assist his wife the task.
The lawsuit complaint further outlines that Mr. Novick summoned a restaurant server and asked her to cut up Betty’s meat for her, since he was unable to do it for her due to his injury. The server cut up the meat and with a bite of the meat Betty Novick began to choke on the meat.
Betty Novick reportedly stood up, patting herself on the back, later slumping into the restaurant booth, before sliding onto the floor. The lawsuit accuses Norwegian Cruise Line of “failing through its crewmembers and staff to perform the Heimlich maneuver or other CPR measures after at least two (2) crew members witnessed Mrs. Novick visibly choking by coughing and patting her back.”
The lawsuit goes on to say the restaurant employees responded slowly to Betty when her husband summoned them for assistance and medical assistance from the cruise ship infirmary didn’t arrive promptly. The lawsuit says it took the cruise ship doctor ten minutes to arrive and by then it was too late to save Betty Novick.
The lawsuit claims loses by Joseph Novick: Lost support and services in the past and future, Loss of decedent’s companionship for him, Mental pain and suffering.
The lawsuit claims loses by the estate of Betty Novick: Funeral expenses due to her death, Loss of earnings, Loss of the prospective net accumulations of her estate, Pre-death pain and suffering.
Read the entire cruise ship lawsuit case complaint on Cruise Laws.