As the coronavirus (COVID-19) became an increasingly apparent threat to Americans’ health, those on cruise ships were among the first to be infected. Debi Chalik, partner at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, decided she had to take action as her parents were aboard Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess cruise ship amidst a coronavirus outbreak.
The more details Chalik learned, the clearer it became that passengers aboard the Grand Princess had grounds to bring a lawsuit because of Princess Cruises’ negligence.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers became the first law firm to file a lawsuit against a cruise line for coronavirus negligence. On March 9th, 2020, the firm initiated a lawsuit on behalf of Chalik’s parents after learning Princess Cruises failed to disclose an infection onboard the Grand Princess that led to a man’s death, per USA Today. While Chalik’s lawsuit was the first alleging negligence by a cruise line, it would not be the last.
Negligence Across the Cruise Industry Was Widespread
As more facts emerge about the handling of coronavirus by some of the largest cruise lines currently in operation, it becomes clear that there was widespread negligence with respect to preparation for and response to COVID-19.
Some of the cruise lines being sued based on allegations of negligence include:
- Princess Cruises
- Costa Cruises
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Royal Caribbean International
- Holland America Line
Some of the allegations against these cruise lines include:
- That Princess Cruises unboarded and re-boarded the Grand Princess with new passengers after at least one passenger departed with coronavirus-like symptoms.
- That Princess Cruises ships, including the Diamond Princess and Grand Princess, had conditions that posed a risk of passengers becoming ill even before their respective coronavirus outbreaks, according to USA Today.
- Princess Cruises should have shut down their vessels as soon as they became aware of coronavirus on a single ship, yet did not, according to Debi Chalik’s interview with CBS4 Miami.
- Leadership on vessels such as the MS Zaandam failed to implement proper safety precautions, according to USA Today.
- Passengers and crew were isolated on ships such as Costa Cruises’ Costa Luminosa for long periods because of outbreaks per The New York Times.
Cruise lines take on some level of liability for the thousands of passengers and crew members that board their vessel for days, weeks, or months at a time, and the cruise companies’ handling of coronavirus appears to have violated their duty of care to those on board their ships.
You Could Be Entitled to Compensation from a Cruise Ship Lawsuit
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers are currently representing clients suing cruise lines over their mishandling of the coronavirus, and you may be eligible to join a class-action lawsuit or bring an individual lawsuit.
You may be eligible for a lawsuit if:
- You were on board a cruise ship where a coronavirus outbreak occurred.
- You were infected with coronavirus while on a cruise ship.
- Your loved one was infected by coronavirus while on a cruise ship.
- Your loved one died from coronavirus contracted while on a cruise ship.
A lawyer may help you discover any class action lawsuits that you or your loved one are eligible for, or help you bring an individual lawsuit against the cruise line responsible for your losses.
Call Our Team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Today
We have a personal connection to the allegations of negligence against cruise ships, and we may assist you with your coronavirus cruise ship lawsuit. Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, the first to file a lawsuit against a cruise line for coronavirus negligence, may represent you.
Call our team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers today at (855) 529-0269 for a free consultation. You will be able to work with the partners directly after you become our client.