Attorney for Families of Cruise Passengers that Died of Coronavirus while Docked in Miami
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The Coral Princess of Princess Cruises is one of the most recent ships to have an outbreak of coronavirus on board. This ship docked in Miami, but some patients needing life-saving medical care were not permitted to leave the ship. In some cases, delays in treatment for COVID-19 might have led to worsened conditions and death.
If you lost a loved one because of coronavirus on a cruise that was already docked in Miami, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. today. Our attorneys represent injury victims and the families of those killed on cruise ships in lawsuits against cruise lines and other responsible parties. For a free legal consultation, call our attorney for families of cruise ship passengers that died of coronavirus while docked in Miami today. Our number is (305) 204-5369.
Suing Cruise Lines for Coronavirus Deaths While Docked in Miami
If your loved one had coronavirus and needed immediate medical treatment, there is no reason they should have been kept on a cruise ship that was already docked. There are rumors that ambulances were on lockdown or that the authorities were ordering people to stay locked up on cruise ships instead of being admitted to hospitals when they needed treatment the most. In some cases, allegations state that the cruise ship’s doctor was in charge of these decisions and that it was within the cruise line’s authority to release passengers. If your loved one passed away because they were not given the treatment they needed, you might be entitled to sue the cruise line for their death and their end of life suffering.
Prompt medical treatment can be the difference between life and death for many patients. Patients who need to be put on a ventilator must be taken to a hospital immediately to have a chance of improvement. Any decision to delay emergency medical treatment at a fully equipped ICU could be a death sentence. The conditions on a cruise ship are not usually designed to provide life-sustaining medical care to very sick patients. As such, manual ventilation with a bag valve mask might be the best that the ship can offer, and this might not be good enough for a patient in need.
Lawsuits against these cruise lines could help victims and their families seek justice for what happened.
Holding Cruise Lines Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths while Docked in Miami
Mishandling the evacuation of a cruise ship with sick passengers often comes down to a few bad decisions that can lead to death or serious injury. When confronted with issues of how to evacuate a ship at dock, authorities on the ship must be prepared to communicate with authorities on shore, get ambulances and medical transportation for sick passengers, and get the sickest passengers to the hospital first.
If the onboard doctors and authorities knew that a patient was sick, had comorbidities or complications, or was already being manually “bagged” to help them breathe, they should have known that that patient would need emergency evacuation. If they failed to provide the evacuation in a timely manner, this could constitute not only medical malpractice but also ordinary negligence on the part of the ship operators and the cruise line.
It appears from evidence in news reports that Miami-Dade area hospitals were properly equipped and able to receive coronavirus and COVID-19 patients at their ICUs at the time that the Coral Princess was at dock. This means that communication issues and negligent planning cannot be pinned on the fact that there were not enough hospital beds available. Additionally, private ambulance services were being used at one point during the day this ship docked, so claims that ambulances were unavailable would be equally misplaced as a defense to these issues. Similar vessels docked in Miami may have had similar issues during evacuation, and any delays in necessary medical care could be blamed on the cruise ship if their negligence can be proved in court.
Proving Claims Against Cruise Ships at Dock in Miami for COVID-19 Deaths
Our attorneys can work with you and subpoena testimony from cruise ship employees and administrators to get information about why your loved one was not evacuated and what happened that allowed them to suffer increased complications.
One factor that might complicate these kinds of cases is the issue of causation. In any lawsuit for negligence, you must prove that the at-fault party’s negligence actually caused your loved one’s death. In the case of coronavirus, it is obvious that the cause of death in most of these cases was complications from COVID-19. However, if the cruise line failed to get someone the help they needed or failed to treat those patients as a priority for evacuation, that negligence will have made the patient’s condition worse. This could potentially have led to additional suffering before an unavoidable death or it could have taken a condition from merely dangerous to deadly.
In some cases, the cruise ship will make bold claims in their defense, such as the claim that the patient would have died of COVID-19 anyway. These claims are often cold legal tools used to shirk responsibility for negligent care, screening, and operation during times of crisis. However, any increase in the severity of symptoms, increased suffering, or delay in care could be held against the cruise ship. Even if the patient would have died anyway, they would have suffered less and faced less difficulty breathing if they had proper treatment at a hospital.
The cruise ship should be held responsible for whatever harm they caused in these kinds of cases, including increased end-of-life pain and suffering, lost chance at recovery, and wrongful death.
Call Our Lawyers for Cruise Ship Deaths from COVID-19 and Coronavirus Complications While at Dock in Miami
If your loved one died while on a docked cruise ship in Miami, or if time spent delaying treatment on a docked cruise ship eventually led to their death at a hospital, you might be entitled to sue the cruise line. Cruise lines whose negligence allowed passengers to get coronavirus, become sick, or face a delay in life-saving treatment should be held responsible in court. For a free case consultation, call our Miami cruise ship accident attorney for families of cruise passengers that died of coronavirus while docked in Miami. Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. represent injured and ill cruise ship victims and their families in lawsuits against negligent cruise lines and others whose delays in treatment caused death and injury from COVID-19 complications. For your free legal consultation, contact us today at (305) 204-5369.