Recently, over 200 passengers aboard two different cruise ships have taken ill with a serious gastrointestinal sickness. Both of the vessels were disinfected in San Diego, according to reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The first ship to contract the illness was the Celebrity Infinity. Our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers discovered that over 100 passengers out of the 2,000 guests aboard the ship and an additional six crew members came down with a highly contagious form of the illness norovirus. Norovirus is an unpleasant and potentially dangerous virus that causes extreme bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. The Celebrity Infinity returned in San Diego, where passengers disembarked and the ship was disinfected. It then set off on another voyage to Mexico.
As the Celebrity Infinity hit the high seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship was also struck with the same norovirus. Again, over 100 passengers out of the nearly 2,000 aboard became ill with nausea and vomiting. Two crew members were also struck with the illness. The Legend of the Seas is on its return leg to San Diego.
Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach type bugs and accounts for 12 million illnesses each year. Nearly 75,000 people are hospitalized due to this illness each year, and some 800 deaths occur.
Liability for Cruise Ship Illnesses
If you become ill while aboard a cruise ship, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for your medical expenses and other losses associated with the illness. Your ability to seek a recovery from the cruise line will depend on two vital factors: whether the cruise line or one of its employees acted in a negligent manner and whether that negligence was the cause of your injuries.
Negligence means that the cruise line failed to exercise reasonable care. The fact that you became sick while on the cruise line is not enough to establish negligence. You must show that the cruise line did not use reasonable care and as a result you became ill.
Your first step will be to gather evidence that may point to the cruise line’s negligence, including things like:
- How many other people aboard the ship became ill
- The symptoms of other sick people
- Whether the crew seemed to take additional precautions against the illness, such as sanitizing common areas or not allowing passengers to serve themselves at the buffet
- Whether there were a lot of others at the ship’s hospital
- Whether any passengers were quarantined
- Whether the crew made any announcements as to illnesses or precautions
- Whether the cruise ship was forced to deviate from its original itinerary
Gather as much evidence as you can while aboard the ship and immediately contact a cruise ship accident attorney upon your return. Your attorney will investigate the incident and uncover whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation from the cruise line for your damages associated with the illness.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Assisting Ill Cruise Ship Passengers
With over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise accident victims, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understands what it takes to mount a successful cruise ship accident case. Our firm will aggressively seek to uncover all evidence of negligence and liability on the part of the cruise line. Our attorneys will then zealously fight to see that you obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.