The close quarters and crowded public areas on cruise ships make them breeding grounds for nasty germs and bugs like the norovirus, and there are countless ways for you to get hurt, too – slipping on a wet area of the deck, falling down stairs, bumping your head on the bottom of the pool, and even being injured out on excursions. No one wants to get sick or suffer an injury when they’re supposed to be enjoying their cruise, but unfortunately it happens. When it does, you expect to be taken care of by the medical personnel and facilities present on board.
Obviously, they won’t have all of the same advanced equipment and procedures that you can find in a hospital on land, but you should still be able to expect a competent standard of care. Sadly, though, that doesn’t always happen. Cruise ship doctors may not always be as well-trained as their land-bound counterparts, and they can be easily overwhelmed if some sort of outbreak occurs and their offices are flooded with patients. Your care might be delayed, or, just as bad, rushed. This can cause the doctor to make mistakes and do more harm than good.
If you or someone that you love is injured through the negligence of a doctor while you’re on a cruise ship, you deserve compensation for the pain and suffering that you’ve had to endure. But you can’t just go out and find a medical malpractice attorney. You need someone with experience in that area of the law, certainly, but you also need to make sure that they are a licensed maritime lawyer with expert knowledge of the different rules and regulations that cover incidents at sea. The Law Office of Andrew Winston have not only the experience and qualifications you want, but also the drive to help victims get the compensation they deserve – even if it means going to trial against the cruise line. If they believe that it’s in your best interest to do so, they won’t hesitate to take the fight to court.
There are all kinds of improper things that medical personnel can do that constitute negligence on a cruise line, but some of them are harder to prove than others. Some of the more common types of medical negligence that have been reported include:
In all of the above situations, the results for the wronged passengers can be extremely serious – in some cases they can even be deadly. No one should have to live with and pay for the mistakes of someone else if they enter a medical facility with a specific issue and have it mishandled by the so-called professionals there. Doctors and other medical personnel have to adhere to a certain standard of care, and if they hurt someone through a mistake, they should be accountable.
It isn’t always easy to know whether or not you have a viable medical negligence case against a cruise line. The best way to determine this is to come in to our offices for a free consultation and speak with our experienced attorney about the specific facts of your case.
Still, there are a number of helpful questions that you should ask yourself before calling our offices, including:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s possible that you might have a viable medical negligence case against the cruise line. But the only way to know for sure is to get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can make a professional evaluation of your case. The statute of limitations for cruise-line injuries is only a year, so you have to act fast or lose out.
We can help you set up a free legal consultation with The Law Office of Andrew Winston today if you fill out a short online case review form or by calling us at 954-606-6606, or toll-free at 866-306-9606. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain, because the Law Office of Andrew Winston works on a contingency basis – unless they recover compensation for you, there won’t be any charge for their services.