Illnesses run their course through many cruise ships. Typically, a stomach bug catches hold and winds its way from passengers to crew and back. The symptoms are mild, and people complain they had a bad trip if they got sick. More severe and virulent contagions can ravage the ranks of a cruise ship on occasion, giving rise to legal claims for damages because of the seriousness of the illness and the inappropriate response by the cruise ship to stop the spreading disease. Tragically, COVID-19 is much worse.
The global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has claimed several lives and made hundreds of people deathly sick after contracting the infection on a cruise ship. Numerous COVID-19 victims who contracted the illness from a contaminated cruise ship are seeking to redress their injuries by filing lawsuits against the cruise lines.
The lawsuits currently on file seek monetary compensation for the injuries the victims suffered because of cruise ship negligence. All of the cruise lines possessed information that should have led to the conclusion that the novel coronavirus was dangerous, spread quickly through close contact with people, and put older or infirm passengers at risk. The victims believe that the cruise lines did nothing to protect them from the disease even though they were well aware of the dangerous passengers faced while onboard a contaminated ship.
Cruise ships know how to show their passengers a good time; it is what they do. Therefore, they know how to downplay certain adverse events to prevent panic spreading among the passengers. If you were sick on a cruise, but you do not know the extent of the problem, there are a few clues to watch that will help you assess the severity of the situation. Try to keep track of the number of people sick on board, especially if people are in quarantine, estimate the vacancies in the ship’s medical center, crew members appear to take precautions associated with preventing the spread of a contagion, and whether the ship’s course changes from your itinerary.
If you are a victim of the coronavirus after traveling on a cruise ship contaminated with the novel coronavirus, then you have certain legal rights. You might be eligible to join a lawsuit currently pending in the U.S. court system, or you could file your own lawsuit.
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