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Medical Malpractice Aboard Cruise Ships

In the unfortunate event you are injured while on a cruise ship or take seriously ill, you expect to be provided with skilled medical care.  The cruise ship physicians, nurses, and medical staff are generally the only medical personnel available to treat injured passengers.  These medical professionals must provide the quality care cruise ship passengers need.  However, not all injured cruise ship passengers receive the care they deserve.  At times, medical professionals act in a negligent manner, leaving passengers with more severe injuries or illnesses and potentially even causing death.

Our cruise ship accident lawyers have assisted a number of passengers injured due to medical malpractice aboard the ship.  We understand the complex nature of these cases and will fight to see that our clients who received substandard care are provided with the compensation they deserve.

Cruise Ship Passengers Can Now Sue for Medical Malpractice

Up until recently, cruise ship passengers did not have the right to file medical malpractice claims against the cruise line.  That changed with a 2014 case that came out of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The case involved an 82 year old cruise ship passenger who hit his head while disembarking for a sightseeing trip.  He was transported to the ship’s medical unit, where the nurse informed him that he should return to his cabin and rest.  Sadly, it was discovered hours later that the passenger in fact had a serious brain injury that killed him within days. 

The family of the victim brought a medical malpractice suit against the cruise line.  Traditionally, the action would have been dismissed under a previous case that held cruise ship passengers should not expect the same level of medical care on cruise lines as they receive on land.  However, the federal court considered the case and ruled this previous case law should no longer apply.  The court held that cruise ships have improved their medical facilities over the years and passengers are touted the physician’s experience and skill.  There is no reason to provide an exception to cruise lines when it comes to quality medical care.

While this case has opened the doorway for medical malpractice actions against the cruise lines, these cases can still be difficult to prove.  Injured passengers will need to establish that the ship’s medical personnel acted in a negligent manner and misdiagnosed or mistreated the injuries or illness.

Injured passengers can seek to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, cruise expenses, rehabilitation costs, and more stemming from the negligent acts of the medical professionals aboard the ship.  Anyone injured on a cruise ship who believes they may have been the victim of medical malpractice should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Contact the Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today!

If you have been injured while on a cruise ship or if your injuries were not properly attended to, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.  Our exceptional firm offers the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims across South Florida and will put our extensive experience to work for you.  Contact our firm as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.  Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/12/23/ruling-cruise-malpractice-lawsuits/20798131/

 

 

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