Attorney for Coronavirus Negligence by Carnival Cruise Ship Company
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Carnival Cruise Line is one of the largest cruise lines in the world. It is also one of the cruise lines with the most coronavirus cases and deaths, which have even sparked investigations by Congress. The passengers and crewmembers who were made sick by exposure to COVID-19 on a Carnival cruise ship might be entitled to sue Carnival Cruise Line if there was any instance of negligence or mishandling of coronavirus cases that allowed them to get sick.
Our attorneys for coronavirus negligence by Carnival cruise ship company have experience taking cruise lines to court and fighting to get compensation for injured and ill passengers and their families. If you or a loved one got coronavirus on a Carnival cruise ship, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. today to set up a free legal consultation. Our phone number is (305) 204-5369.
Possible Causes of Coronavirus Outbreaks on Carnival Cruise Ships
To understand the cause of a coronavirus outbreak aboard any ship, we would need to examine the details and evidence of what happened in that case. However, there are a few possible ways that negligence could have occurred, potentially allowing Carnival cruise ships to spread coronavirus to healthy passengers.
If the cruise line knew about the threat of the coronavirus but still went forward with boarding passengers and crew, they might not have taken vital steps to screen passengers. Reasonable screening efforts could involve simple steps like asking questions about exposure to COVID-19 or taking passengers’ temperatures before allowing them on board. Failing to take reasonable steps like this to mitigate the number of cases could be considered negligent.
Failing to Cancel Cruises
At a certain point, governments began ordering cruises to stop. However, even before government orders, it might have been negligent to continue with a cruise. For instance, if Carnival Cruise Line already had another ship with passengers being affected by COVID-19, it could be considered negligent to set sail with a second ship during the same pandemic.
Failing to Properly Quarantine Passengers
Once Carnival Cruises knows of a viral outbreak on board one of their ships, their captain and other employees and administrators at the cruise line should take reasonable steps to stop the spread and keep healthy passengers and crewmembers safe. Many cruises restrict passengers to their quarters and institute quarantine procedures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Still, the virus could be transmitted on food trays and other materials brought to passengers, or it could be spread through air conditioning systems that move air between passenger cabins without filtering it through filters small enough to stop the coronavirus.
Failing to Evacuate Passengers
Once a ship docks with sick passengers, some decisions are left to local authorities instead of the ship captain or cruise operators. However, if the medical personnel on a ship already have sick passengers, the doctors and cruise operators are responsible for those patients and must take proper steps to get them evacuated and treated. They must also take steps to get healthy passengers evacuated and moved to quarantine sites so they do not get sick by staying on board with sick passengers. If they fail to take the proper steps to evacuate the ship, sick passengers could get worse without treatment at a hospital, and healthy passengers could continue to get sick because of other negligent conditions.
Suing Carnival Cruise Line for COVID-19 Cases
Lawsuits against cruise ships are usually based on claims of negligence. The examples of negligent conduct discussed above are not the only potential ways that a cruise ship could be responsible. Our attorneys will start your case by investigating the facts and building a theory of what kind of negligence resulted in injuries for you and others aboard the ship. If we have evidence that Carnival Cruises did something wrong, a lawsuit might be the best way to recover compensation for you and your family.
Lawsuits for coronavirus negligence must meet four factors for the jury to rule in your favor:
- You must show the cruise line owed you a duty.
- You must prove that they breached that duty.
- You must prove that breach caused you to be exposed to coronavirus.
- You must prove that you suffered damages and harms because of that exposure that the court can compensate you for.
The examples listed above are some of the most common ways that the duty and breach issues will be resolved in these cases. This means showing the court that the cruise line owed you a duty to take reasonable steps to screen passengers, slow the spread, institute quarantines, and get affected passengers the help they need. If Carnival Cruise Line breached any of these duties, they could be held liable for the effects.
In many cases, the cruise line will try to fight the claims by arguing that even if they took reasonable steps to stop the virus, passengers still would have gotten sick. While some passengers might still get sick, that does not automatically forgive mistakes and errors committed by a cruise line and might not hurt your case.
To prove damages, you will need to show what harms you and your family faced. If a loved one died because of negligent COVID-19 exposure on a cruise ship, the damages will be very high. The loss of companionship, lost wages, burial and funeral expenses, lost household services, lost spousal services, and other damages the family faced could result in very high damages. If everyone in your family survived the ordeal, you might still face damages from a serious case of COVID-19, such as hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Talk to an attorney about what your case is worth.
Call Our Coronavirus and COVID-19 Injury Lawyers for Claims Against Carnival Cruise Line
If you or a loved one caught coronavirus while on a Carnival Cruise, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind today. Our attorneys for coronavirus negligence by Carnival cruise ship company might be able to take your case and fight to get you and your family the compensation you need. For a free case consultation, call us today at (305) 204-5369.