Victims injured during the Tropical Breeze boat fire will now have to file their medical claims in court.
Robert Boose was on the Tropical Breeze Casino boat when it caught on fire Jan. 14.
Dozens were injured. One woman died from complications following the boat fire.
Boose broke his heel bone and has been to his doctor’s office five times since.
He learned Wednesday his medical bills would not be covered by the company’s insurance, Chubb Insurance.
“Now Chubb Insurance is not going to pay, so I called Chubb Insurance and they’re saying I should go through my Humana policy,” said Boose. “I just want to know what’s going on. It’s pretty clear to me what’s going on. If you want any money out of this thing, you’re gonna have to sue them.”
8 On Your Side learned attorneys for Tropical Breeze filed for exoneration from or limitation of liability. Meaning, they may not be held liable for all claims.
In a statement from the company spokeswoman, Beth Fifer said:
“Tropical Breeze has given notice and invited all potential claimants and their counsel to file their claims with the US District Court for the Middle District, in Tampa, Florida, where a settlement conference for all claims is being planned. Tropical Breeze is not aware of any claim that has been denied to date, but cannot comment on the validity of any individual claim.”
“I just think they should accept responsibility. We were on their boat and the damn thing burned at the waterline. Anybody that was injured or have loss of property, they should be covering,” Boose said.
So far, Boose’s medical bills are over $3,000.