As experienced cruise ship accident attorneys, we realize that medical emergencies can happen anywhere, and at times, even occur on cruise ships. Recently, a woman was rushed by helicopter off a cruise ship after she experienced chest pains. She was traveling aboard a Princess Cruise ship when she began to report alarming symptoms. A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended that the woman be medically evacuated to a local hospital. She is reportedly in stable condition at this time.
While this medical emergency had a positive outcome, sadly not all do. The Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, have assisted clients who suffered or died as a result of inadequate medical treatment aboard a cruise ship. Our cruise ship accident attorneys fight for the recovery of our injured clients, which may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The following is a look at the cruise line’s liability in the event of their failure to provide reasonable medical care.
A Cruise Ship’s Responsibility to Attend to Medical Emergencies
All cruise ships transporting guests must take measures to provide appropriate medical care in the event it is needed. Cruise lines generally have medical personnel aboard that can treat minor illnesses or injuries. More serious medical crises must be treated rapidly and appropriately. All cruise lines should have an emergency plan in place in the event of a serious medical emergency. Failure to properly act to address the medical emergency can result in liability on the part of the cruise ship.
The case of Conrad Gliniecki raised just such issues. Gliniecki suffered a stroke while aboard a Carnival ship a few years ago. Carnival transported the passenger to shore and he was then taken to a Panama hospital in a van not equipped to treat stroke victims. Due to the time that elapsed between the stroke and treatment, the passenger suffered serious disabilities as a result of the stroke. His family sued the cruise line claiming that they should have adequately arranged for his transfer to a medical facility in a timely manner. The court, however, ultimately dismissed the suit, finding that Carnival took prompt action to transfer the passenger to shore and was not responsible for the subpar care he received in the ambulance.
Had the facts of the case been different, the cruise ship could well have been held accountable for the increased injuries suffered by the passenger due to delayed or inappropriate medical care. If you have been injured on a cruise ship or taken ill and did not receive the care you needed, contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
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Cruise ship accident victims require the assistance of a firm with experience in this complex and unique field of law. If you have been injured while on a cruise, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims in South Florida. From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the care, dedication, and hard work it deserves. We are honored to have received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald’s ranking as a top firm in South Florida. Put our outstanding cruise ship accident lawyers to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.