The damages available for anyone who has caught Coronavirus on a cruise ship will vary depending on the specifics of their case. We are only just beginning to learn about all the detrimental effects that coronavirus can have on our health, potentially for years to come. If you caught coronavirus on a cruise ship, you could receive compensation for your medical expenses, medical transportation costs, and other damages.
Coronavirus can be a deadly and devastating infection. Especially in the elderly and people with preexisting conditions, the novel coronavirus has the potential to cause permanent organ damage and even death. Prolonged hospitalization, intensive care, and numerous medical treatments can quickly lead to mounting medical expenses for coronavirus sufferers.
For many, going on a cruise is a dream vacation and should be a carefree, fun experience. However, cruise ships were hit hard when coronavirus spread amongst ships’ passengers and crew, resulting in quarantines and countless days at sea for some passengers.
If you caught coronavirus on a cruise ship, you may be thinking about initiating legal action against a cruise line. Luckily, there are a number of different types of damages available in a case like this.
Personal Injury or Wrongful Death DamagesIf your loved one died due to catching coronavirus on a cruise ship, or you suffered serious adverse health effects from the virus, you could receive compensation. Some of the compensation you might receive in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a cruise line include:
- Medical costs and future medical costs relating to coronavirus
- Lost wages and lost future earnings
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship
You may receive additional compensation, depending on your unique circumstances and the severity of your health condition. In the event that the cruise line acted particularly negligently, you could also receive punitive damages additional to any compensatory awards.
Responsibility of the Cruise Lines
Cruise lines, as the owner of cruise ships, generally owe a legal duty of reasonable care to all of their passengers. You could potentially prove that the cruise line breached their duty of care to you or your loved one due to issues such as no health screening of passengers prior to boarding, incompetent staff, lack of safety equipment, lack of sanitizing and cleaning, or other factors. A cruise ship owner or cruise line can potentially be held legally responsible for negligence leading to your coronavirus infection and any damages you incurred.
However, in practice, it can be quite challenging to sue a cruise line, and the success of any claims may depend on several factors, for example, whether the ship was in international waters when an incident occurred, and which national laws apply to a particular ship and/or company.
Also, specific maritime laws can apply in personal injury or wrongful death cases with cruise ships. If you want to find out whether you have a case against a cruise line and what damages may be available for catching coronavirus on a cruise ship, your best step of action may be speaking to a cruise ship coronavirus lawyer.
Cruises Continued to Sail Even After No-Sail Orders
Even when it became clear that passengers and crew on several cruise ships had coronavirus, the cruise lines were slow to react. Once the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic became obvious throughout the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned passengers about the dangers of cruising in the pandemic, yet ships were still setting sail. According to the Miami Herald, hundreds of cases resulted from cruises that left after the CDC advisory.
When the CDC finally issued a no-sail order, countless ships were still sailing with passengers and crew onboard, including those sick with coronavirus. Quarantining on a cruise ship resulted in prolonged isolation in cabins and an inability to leave the ship. Some of these passengers had other medical conditions that they could not treat appropriately during cruise ship quarantine.
We Can Fight for You
If you or a loved one got sick from coronavirus on or after a cruise ship vacation, you could receive compensation for medical bills and expenses related to your illness. Many cruise lines decided to ignore the CDC advisory and kept sailing while it was becoming more and more obvious that the numbers of coronavirus cases on cruise ships were growing.
You may be able to file a lawsuit and recover some of your financial losses as well as protect yourself from any future medical bills that may arise from contracting coronavirus on a cruise ship. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case evaluation: (800) 794-0444.