If you were injured on a cruise ship, you may have needed emergency treatment for your injuries and health problems. The cruise ship’s medical team might have been ill-equipped to treat you, or perhaps they made the injuries worse. If you were treated at a hospital in another country or received negligent care at a hospital once you got to shore, you could have faced substantial medical costs and suffered substantial pain and suffering because of the negligent care.
The attorneys for cruise ship medical malpractice and hospital mistakes at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. fight to seek compensation for victims of this kind of negligent medical care. If you or a loved one was injured on a cruise and suffered from negligent healthcare and medical attention after the injury, our lawyers may be able to help you seek justice. Call our attorneys today at (866) 386-1762 to discuss setting up a free legal consultation.
Getting Medical Care for Injuries and Medical Emergencies on a Cruise Ship
Cruise ships often have doctors and nurses on staff to help treat medical emergencies on board. Most cruise ship infirmaries are ill-equipped to handle serious emergencies and usually do not have the facilities to handle care beyond treating simple cuts, scrapes, and breaks or dealing with patients suffering from seasickness or food poisoning. In cases of serious injuries or potentially fatal medical emergencies, the cruise ship’s medical staff may need to send the patient back to shore to get care.
This often means spending hours on a helicopter or smaller ship to return to shore – and you may need to wait hours for that medivac helicopter or vessel to arrive. During that time, your condition could degrade and your injuries could get worse. The emergency treatment provided on the ship might be “the best they can do,” but sometimes this care does not even reach that level.
When you get to shore, you may be lucky enough to receive quality care, but if you are sent to a foreign hospital or receive sub-par medical care, you could be left facing additional injuries and complications. In many cases, you could need additional healthcare to correct the results of this negligent care, potentially including additional surgeries or treatments.
By the end of this process, you could be left in a foreign hospital, lingering in pain, and facing severe mental and emotional distress. Once you get home, you could require additional surgeries and recovery, plus rehabilitation and physical therapy, all because of the negligent care you received on and off the ship.
Suing for Medical Negligence and Hospital Mistakes on a Cruise Ship
There are two general routes to suing a cruise ship to get compensation for the negligent medical care or sub-par treatment you received after an injury on a cruise ship. In cases where the initial injury was caused by the cruise ship’s negligence, you might be entitled to have all care costs covered by the cruise ship – including the costs of any negligent healthcare you receive. In other cases where the initial medical emergency was an accident or resulted from natural causes, you may still be able to sue the cruise ship for failing to respond appropriately.
Suing for Medical Malpractice After a Cruise Ship Injury
In cases where the injury occurred because the cruise ship’s staff was negligent or careless, you should be entitled to have all costs resulting from the injury covered in a lawsuit. When you are a passenger on a cruise ship, the ship and its crew have legal duties to keep you safe. A breach of those duties that allows you to be injured can be grounds for you to sue the cruise ship and the company that operates it for damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other foreseeable harms.
In these kinds of cases, the additional damages from negligent healthcare or medical malpractice are considered foreseeable, and the party who was initially responsible for your accident can usually be made to pay these damages. This means that if the cruise ship caused your injuries, they are likely on the hook to pay for any medical expenses that stem from the injury, including negligent care and the additional care necessary to treat the results of medical malpractice.
Suing for Negligent Care at a Cruise Ship Infirmary
If your injuries were caused by a freak accident, or you suffered injuries from “natural causes,” such as a stroke or heart attack, the ship might not be responsible for the initial injuries. However, their doctors are required to provide you with adequate care and their medivac services are required to get you to a hospital promptly. If there were mistakes or errors in this care, the cruise company might be responsible for those errors.
If the ship’s doctors fail to recognize signs of a heart attack and send you back to your cabin or misdiagnose another medical issue, you could quickly suffer additional complications and injuries. A ship’s doctor is still a licensed physician and must follow certain standards in your care and diagnosis, even if they have limited facilities to treat you. Failing to uphold those standards is unacceptable, and the cruise ship should be held responsible for the additional expenses, pain, and suffering this negligence causes you. The same is true if the medivac team causes you unnecessary delays in your care that make your symptoms or problems worse.
Call Our Medical Malpractice and Hospital Mistake Injury Lawyers for Cruise Ship Passengers
Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind represent injury victims on cruise ships and other vessels. Our lawyers work to hold cruise lines accountable for unnecessary injuries to passengers as well as negligent care they face after those injuries. If you or a loved one suffered sub-standard healthcare at a cruise ship infirmary or you were evacuated to shore and received negligent medical care at the hospital, our attorneys may be able to help. For a free legal consultation on your potential case and to learn more about seeking compensation for the medical malpractice you suffered after a cruise ship injury, contact us today at (866) 386-1762.