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COVID-19: Cruise Liner Lawsuits

Past passengers aboard Carnival-owned cruise ships are now accusing the company’s management and staff of willingly exposing them to COVID-19.

Read on to learn more about what’s being done in response.

Lawsuits in the Works

The Doretys

Texas couple, Susan and Michael Dorety, went aboard a Princess Cruise Line ship on February 21st. According to court documents, Mr. Dorety fell ill on the ship. Later, he passed away due to challenges associated with the coronavirus. In addition, Mrs. Dorety also contracted the virus.

The cruise line had just discharged passengers that were infected with the coronavirus before allowing new, unexposed passengers to board. This is problematic because former passengers not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that were on the ship with the infected passengers remained on board.

As Mr. and Mrs. Dorety’s attorney has stated, “Princess had notice of the dangers. The Doretys did not.”

The Daltons

Debra and Michael Dalton, from Missouri, have also filed suit with Princess Cruise Lines. They claim that the crew members on the ship had knowledge about the outbreak, but didn’t keep the couple safe from COVID-19 on their excursion to Hawaii.

Court documents declare that passengers boarding the ship “were simply asked to fill out a piece of paper confirming they were not sick.”

The Nevis’

Arizona couple, James and Kelea Nevis, are suing Costa Cruises, a Carnival Corporation subsidiary, for not recommending passengers to isolate themselves in their rooms, even after the crew was made aware that a passenger was experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

The Arizona couple both tested positive for COVID-19 once they were back on solid ground. What’s particularly alarming, is that the same ship set out for another 20-day excursion with some of the same passengers aboard that were present during the previous trip.

We Can Help

If you’ve suffered an injury or illness while on a cruise ship, either coronavirus-related or not, we may be able to help you recover compensation to help pay for your damages. It’s of the utmost importance that those who’ve acted negligently, do not get away with their careless actions. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have right away.

Call Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today at (305) 692-0055 to speak with a Miami attorney about your cruise ship injury case.

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