IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE SUFFERED COVID-19 WHILE ON A CRUISE SHIP, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO SUBSTANTIAL COMPENSATION.

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The cruise industry decision to keep sailing for weeks after the coronavirus was first detected in early February, despite the efforts of top US health officials to curtail voyages, was among a number of decisions that health experts and passengers say contributed to the mounting toll of sickness and death. Scores of people who were working or traveling on ships have since died. The full tally is unknown, but it is mounting. 

Hundreds of people dining, swimming, and dancing together over a sustained period of time provided a unique environment for disease to spread. The cruise lines did little or nothing to take precautions to protect the passengers and crew. “People on a large ship, all together, all at the same time-you couldn’t ask for a better incubator for infection.” Said Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor. 

Even as the virus exploded, cruise officials failed to take action. In many instances they did not immediately isolate passengers in their cabins when sickness broke out. Passengers said they were reassured by company officers that there was no coronavirus infection on their ship-even as passengers were wracked with fevers and coughs. It soon became clear that there was an epidemic of global proportions. It also became abundantly clear the cruise industry was not proactive in protecting its passengers and crew in a time of global crisis. Health experts said the cruise industries initial resistance to drastic action put passengers and crew at substantial risk. They should have responded earlier. In weeks following the outbreak cruise lines missed several opportunities to mitigate the crisis according to health experts and passengers and crew aboard the vessels. After it was clear that the coronavirus was spreading around the world, passengers screening was limited and even as cruise lines officially knew of positives tests, strict quarantining, confining passengers to their cabins were not imposed immediately. 

To avoid panic that would surely hurt their business, cruise industry officials held back information when they should have reacted more swiftly, instead of continuing to mislead their passengers. 

Cruise ship companies have a legal obligation to keep their passengers and crews safe. It is clear that many companies failed to meet that responsibility by negligently and carelessly allowing the coronavirus to spread throughout the ship.

PASSENGERS AND CREWS PAID THE PRICE FOR THE INDUSTRY’S NEGLIGENCE. 

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAVE SUFFERED A LOSS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT FRIEDMAN AND FRIEDMAN, TRIAL LAWYERS. WE WILL PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.

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