What If a Cruise Ship is Not Equipped to Handle Injuries?

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April 13, 2016
Colson Hicks Eidson

Miami Passenger Injury Lawyer on Ways Passengers Can Seek Medical Malpractice Damages

Thanks to outdated maritime laws stretching back hundreds of years, cruise lines are often exempt from charges of medical negligence that occurs aboard their ships. It can also be difficult for victims harmed by medical malpractice aboard cruise ships to obtain the financial recovery they deserve for their pain and suffering, because cruise crewmembers come from all over the world and these claims may involve international laws.

In this video, Miami cruise ship attorney Joe Kalbac explains the importance of examining every cruise ship injury case thoroughly. Even if archaic laws protect the cruise line from liability, there are still other avenues victims of medical negligence about a cruise ship can pursue to seek damages.

Video Transcription:

In the situation where you received substandard medical care on a cruise ship, it’s a very complicated issue. Laws that have been in place for hundreds and hundreds of years exempt cruise lines generally for the negligence or fault of medical personnel on the cruise ship. These policies date back to when they would ask a doctor to come on a cruise ship for a week or two or three and treat the sea sicknesses and so on and so forth. But now, all of the cruise ships, the big mega cruise ships especially, have ICUs, X-ray equipment, MRI equipment and they are a fully functional emergency room. So, efforts are being made every day in the legal community to change these archaic laws. And so it’s important to evaluate each and every case on its own merits. Oftentimes the cruise ship will actually insure the doctors on their ships. The doctors on their ships are generally from foreign counties, South Africa, the Scandinavian countries and things like that. Very few of them are actually from the United States. They’re actually officers of the cruise ship, they wear uniforms just like the other officers, so although it doesn’t make much sense that the cruise line wouldn’t be liable for the doctor’s negligence, it’s important to evaluate each and every claim because there may be an independent case against the medical providers or the cruise line might be responsible. Contact our lawyers at 305-476-7400 or contact our website at Colson.com for more information.