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Florida Couple Sues Cruise Line Over Handling of Coronavirus

March 19, 2020
Colson Hicks Eidson

As fears of Covid-19 sweep across the United States, it is easy to forget just how quickly coronavirus has rearranged our daily lives. It seems like the distant past that we were talking about this virus starting in Wuhan, China. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning cruise ship negligence attorneys want to discuss a lawsuit filed but a Florida couple onboard the Grand Princess cruise ship against the ship’s owner. They claim that the cruise line’s negligence exposed them to coronavirus during the cruise.

The Growing Problem Of Covid-19

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Covid-19 is continuing to spread across this country. As of this writing, there have been 1,215 confirmed coronavirus cases and 36 deaths due to this disease. However, the number of cases is expected to increase as testing becomes more widely available.

As many people have seen, one of the largest clusters of cases in this country revolves around the Grand Princess cruise ship.

What Happened On This Cruise?

Reports show that a Florida couple who was on board the Grand Princess cruise ship filed a lawsuit against Princess Cruise Lines before they even got off the ship. The couple alleges that the company’s gross negligence allowed them to be exposed to coronavirus while on board.

Ronald and Eva Weissberger, of Broward County, are seeking more than $1 million and damages from the cruise line.

The Weissbergers are only two of the more than 3,500 passengers and crew members on board the cruise liner that was held off the coast of San Francisco for days after 21 people tested positive for coronavirus.

The lawsuit against the cruise line alleges that the company allowed the ship to sail despite “knowing that the ship was infected from two previous passengers who came down with symptoms of COVID-19, and had sixty-two passengers on board.”

The couple says they were given no warning by the cruise line of the potential exposure to coronavirus before they boarded or while they were already on board. The Weissbergers say they would not have boarded the ship if they had received such information.

Recently, the US State Department warned all Americans not to travel by cruise ship because of a spike in cases of Covid-19. Many major cruise lines have decided to halt all operations for the next few months in an effort to contain coronavirus.

Let Out Team Help You Through This

If you or somebody you care about ask questions about Covid-19, please refer to official statements released by federal and state health authorities. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our team is dedicated to helping those who think they have been harmed or become ill due to the careless or negligent actions of another person or company. Our nationally recognized cruise ship negligence attorneys understand these cases and will work to secure any compensation you are entitled to. This could include coverage of medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering damages. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.