Are you one of the people who went on a cruise during the first months of 2020 expecting to have fun and relax? Then you're also one of the passengers for whom the COVID-19 pandemic turned a dream vacation into a nightmare. Now that we can see more clearly the effects and impacts of COVID-19, we understand that the cruise line industry was not prepared for this pandemic. From failing to notify passengers of the high risk of being infected with the new coronavirus to the lack of emergency plans to passengers getting injured onboard ships stuck at sea, the negligence of cruise lines is becoming apparent.
If you are a victim of catastrophic injury suffered onboard cruise ships, our dedicated Miami cruise line injury attorney at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help you secure compensation.
Accidents Caused by Defective Cruise Ship Equipment
While cruise ships offer a multitude of activities and entertainment options, the technology that facilitates the cruise experience can be subject to defects and malfunctions that, often, endanger passenger safety.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise staff may have failed to perform their function properly and lack of maintenance or service may have made travel or quarantine hazardous for you or your family.
When ship equipment is inadequately maintained, improperly operated, or defective, passengers and crew members can suffer serious injuries. Too frequently, cruise ship patrons and crew are injured by many types of defective equipment, including:
- Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
- Defective sliding glass doors
- Faulty recreational equipment
- Improperly stored equipment
- Engine trouble
- Propulsion trouble
- Generator malfunction
- Gangway repairs
- Bridge equipment failure
- Mechanical and plumbing failures
- Other defective products
For example, due to a lack of proper maintenance during the coronavirus pandemic, an elevator failure aboard a cruise ship led to a passenger's tragic death. If you've lost a loved one in a cruise ship accident, first and foremost, we want to extend our condolences. Second, if you're looking for information about a fatal accident cruise ship attorney, we can help.
When an elevator or escalator malfunctions because is not properly maintained, passengers can get body parts trapped within the elevator or escalator or slip and fall, resulting in their suffering serious injuries or death. Other common injuries passengers may suffer due to defective equipment can include:
- Neck, back, and shoulder injuries
- Spinal injuries, including paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken or crushed bones
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Serious burns, disfigurement, and scarring
If you were injured by defective equipment while cruising during the COVID-19 pandemic, embarking, or disembarking, you might have a claim for legal compensation.
If you've lost a family member in a fatal cruise ship accident, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. Call us if you would like to talk to an injury lawyer in Miami.
Injuries Caused by Bacteria-Infested Hot Tubs
Hot tubs, jacuzzis, whirlpools, and other similar heated bathing devices onboard cruise ships may be infested with dangerous, flesh-eating bacteria due to the cruise liners' negligent maintenance and operation.
The flesh-eating bacteria in hot tubs have caused passengers to suffer health problems. Here are some of them:
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Recently, we helped a client who contracted hot tub folliculitis from a whirlpool on a cruise ship during the COVID-19 pandemic and had to be hospitalized for serious injuries.
If you or someone you know suffered a serious infection or illness after using a ship's hot tub while cruising during the coronavirus pandemic, please feel free to contact Miami-based The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary.
Serious Complications From Severe Food Poisoning
Food poisoning has occurred on cruise ships even during the COVID-19 outbreak. Passengers who unknowingly contracted a food-borne illness suffered even more severely while trapped on a cruise ship. The unwanted effect of the variety of food available on cruise ships is that passengers accept all meals more readily, without questioning their safety.
Ship management is responsible for maintaining proper safety standards. When this did not happen and, due to overloaded staff, food was stored at improper temperatures or cooked improperly, it became dangerous for consumption.
Common types of food poisoning that occur during cruises include, but are not limited to:
- E. coli
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Legionnaire's disease
We recently helped a client who, due to severe food poisoning while being stranded on a cruise ship during the coronavirus outbreak, needed to have one meter of colon and intestines removed. Other serious complications from food poisoning may include:
- Bleeding problems
- Kidney problems
- Swelling or irritation in the tissue around the heart
- Muscle weakness and sensory loss
- Neurological symptoms, some potentially fatal
Food poisoning is more dangerous for adults 60 and older, babies and children, people with a chronic illness or weak immune system, and pregnant women.
Costs for food poisoning can be expensive and can include:
- Physician visits
- Hospitalization costs
- Post-hospitalization costs
- Wage loss and productivity loss
If you were a passenger on a cruise ship during the COVID-19 outbreak and the cruise line failed to uphold its responsibility for keeping you safe through, we are ready to stand up and advocate for you. Our Florida cruise ship injury lawyer can help you seek justice for any suffering that you or a family member endured.