My family and I had dinner in a restaurant on a ship and we were sick the next morning and my youngest son was a lot sicker than we were.
Every year, millions of passengers leave from the Port of Miami aboard luxury cruise ships to spend a couple of days or weeks relaxing, soaking in beautiful scenery, shopping, partying and sampling a variety of fine foods. Unfortunately, some passengers are prevented from enjoying their vacations due to outbreaks of gastrointestinal viruses and bacteria present in contaminated food.
Cruise Ship Accidents: Norwalk Virus
First identified in 1972 in the town of Norwalk, Ohio, the norovirus affects more than 20 million Americans annually. This gastrointestinal virus can be prevalent on cruise ships where the combination of closed spaces, deficient sanitary measures, and a large number of people creates conditions ripe for large-scale outbreaks. Individuals affected by the norovirus typically experience:
While these gastrointestinal symptoms usually resolve within several days, the physical and emotional discomfort experienced by norovirus victims often completely ruins their vacations.
Salmonella Outbreaks: Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Salmonella is another dangerous bacteria. It works similar to the norovirus in that it is often transmitted through contaminated food and causes a range of gastrointestinal symptoms, including:
However, sickness caused by salmonella bacteria lasts somewhat longer as its victims usually take a week to recover. Also, if salmonellosis spreads from the intestines to the bloodstream, it can cause death. In the United States, about 600 individuals lose their lives every year due to complications of salmonellosis.
Food-Borne Illness: Compensation
If your vacation aboard a cruise ship has been cut short due to sickness caused by norovirus, salmonella or some other harmful microorganism found in contaminated food, you could be entitled to compensation. However, due to special laws that apply to cruise ship accidents, in most cases, you have to file your personal injury lawsuit within a year. Therefore, it is important that you contact a qualified cruise ship injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Sean M. Cleary is highly experienced in helping cruise ship accident victims retrieve compensation for their medical expenses, physical and emotional distress and any other damages. Also, Mr. Cleary specializes in helping families of deceased cruise ship accident victims hold the responsible parties liable, through litigation based on Florida's wrongful death statutes or the Death on the High Seas Act.
Please contact us today at (305) 416-9805 for a free evaluation of your case and a determination of the most appropriate plan of action.
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