The spread of the deadly disease Ebola has been in the news on a daily basis for the past month or so. In fact, the danger that this disease brings was recently brought home to a group of passengers on a cruise ship recently. Specifically, a health care worker from Dallas, Texas who had contact with a patient who was infected with Ebola then went on a cruise aboard the Carnival Magic. The passenger voluntary quarantined herself in her cabin while aboard the cruise ship. After she disembarked the ship, it was determined that she was not infected with the Ebola virus. However, this situation raises the issue of what steps a cruise line must take in order to protect its passengers from the spread of illness.
There are many ways that a cruise ship passenger can experience harm while trying to enjoy a cruise vacation; however, the spread of dangerous diseases is one of the most pervasive causes. Unfortunately, the cruise ship industry has a long history of ignoring the problem. The skilled and compassionate South Florida cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand how to uncover the evidence to demonstrate cruise line negligence. Our attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience in getting our clients the results that they deserve.
Although illnesses such as Ebola have a very low risk of transmission under everyday conditions, the fact that many cruise ships fail to take the necessary measures to maintain a clean environment does result in many serious illnesses. These illnesses include:
• Bacteria that lead to serious food poisoning; and
• Legionnaire’s disease.
Many times, the illnesses that a passenger contracts pass quickly, without serious long-term impact. However, many of these illnesses can result in severe and devastating harm. Food poisoning can be deadly for the young, old, and immunocompromised. Legionnaire’s disease is a life-threatening medical condition. If the cruise line did not take reasonable steps to control the spread of disease on-board the ship, then it may be liable for the long-term harm suffered by the passengers and/or employees onboard.
When a person has been sickened on a cruise, there are a number of things that he should do in order to help strengthen the case against the cruise line, including:
• Observing the crew to see what actions they are taking to clean the surfaces on the ship, including those in common bathrooms and food service areas. In addition, observing other behaviors, such as preventing passengers from placing their hands in communal food servers, is also important;
• Making note of the number of sick passengers, to the fullest extent possible;
• Visiting the ship hospital area in order to see how many patients there are;
• Paying attention to any notifications by the crew about safety precautions or health warnings; and
• Noting if any passengers have been quarantined.
Although many of these observations may be too much for a person who has become ill, it is important for someone to gather evidence while on board the ship because the cruise industry is adept at minimizing that appearance of negligence after the ship has come into port and before a case can be taken to trial.
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There are many things that a cruise ship can and should do to protect the safety and wellbeing of their passengers. Many times, these actions are not taken due to negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered from long-term harm as a result of a cruise ship illness, the dedicated and skilled Miami cruise accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve. Our law firm has been working for more than 30 years to hold negligent parties responsible for the harm that they caused. Our firm has been awarded an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been voted one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Further, our firm even has been invited to join the distinguished legal society, Primerus. To discuss the harm that you have suffered, please call (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.