There are class action lawsuits against cruise lines for mishandling coronavirus, as well as several individual lawsuits. Some of the cruise lines that have been named as defendants in coronavirus-related lawsuits are:
- Costa Cruises, according to USA Today
- Princess Cruises, per Fox Business
- Carnival Cruise Line, which is the parent company of multiple cruise lines that were hosts of coronavirus outbreaks
- Royal Caribbean International, according to CBS News
If you or your loved one were infected or put at risk on board a cruise ship on which a coronavirus outbreak occurred, then you may be eligible for a lawsuit.
How Cruise Lines Put Passengers and Crew at Risk
Every individual class action or solo lawsuit against cruise lines contains different, specific allegations, but there are some common themes throughout the lawsuits. From a broad perspective, passengers and crew members are alleging that:
- Some cruise lines may have been aware of previous coronavirus cases on board a vessel, yet allowed new members to board the ship without conducting deep sanitization of the ship
- Cruise ship leadership was slow in implementing safety precautions such as ship-wide quarantine and mandatory face coverings once possible cases of coronavirus came to light
- Cruise lines did not equip their vessels with basic necessities, such as gloves and masks, that have proven critical to minimizing the spread of the coronavirus
- Cruise lines continued to put crew members in high-risk positions without proper safety gear
These are among the allegations that you will find within specific coronavirus-related lawsuits against cruise lines.
The Details of Specific Coronavirus Cruise Ship Lawsuits
While there is widespread criticism of the cruise industry’s handling of the coronavirus, specific cruise lines, and specific cruise ships, are being accused of different transgressions.
Lawsuits have accused Costa Cruises of:
- Failing to inform passengers on the Costa Luminosa ship of individuals who departed from the boat because of coronavirus-like symptoms, per USA Today.
- Reboarding the ship after sick passengers departed without properly sanitizing the vessel
- Exposing passengers and crew to extreme risk of coronavirus infection and death, which ultimately occurred
Those suing Princess Cruises allege that:
- Passengers boarding boats such as the Grand Princess, Diamond Princess, and Coral Princess should have been alerted to the possibility of coronavirus infection, according to Fox Business
- Princess Cruises alerted passengers who had already left the ship of their possible exposure to the coronavirus, but did not alert those who were on the ship at the time of similar risk
- Crew members on the Diamond Princess knew of the viral outbreak yet failed to take necessary safety precautions to prevent further transmission of the virus
Royal Caribbean International faces allegations of:
- Being responsible for the death of at least one crew member due to general mishandling of the coronavirus, according to CBS News
- Waiting six days to test a now-deceased crew member who exhibited signs of the coronavirus, according to TIME
It is possible, if not likely, that lawsuits will continue to arise as passengers and crew members on cruise ships affected by the coronavirus realize that their lives were put at risk, whether they were ultimately infected or not.
You or a Loved One May Be Eligible for a Lawsuit
As more lawsuits emerge, it is becoming clear who may be eligible as plaintiffs in coronavirus-related lawsuits against various cruise lines. Some circumstances that may qualify you to join a class action lawsuit or bring a lawsuit on your own include:
- You were personally infected with the coronavirus while aboard a cruise ship.
- Your loved one was infected with the coronavirus while aboard a cruise ship and became ill or died as a result.
- You or your loved one was not infected, but were aboard a cruise ship where a coronavirus outbreak occurred.
- You or a loved one was infected because of an outbreak linked to a cruise ship.
If you suspect that you may be eligible to become a plaintiff in a lawsuit, or you have further questions about a class action lawsuit against cruise lines for mishandling coronavirus, then seeking assistance from a lawyer may be beneficial to you.
How a Lawyer May Assist You
If you are considering joining a class action lawsuit or bringing an individual lawsuit, then a lawyer may be able to:
- Refer you to existing class action lawsuits for which you are eligible
- Initiate an individual lawsuit on your behalf
- Collect evidence of wrongdoing by the defendant(s) named in your lawsuit
- Represent you in settlement negotiations or at trial
- Defend your rights
You could be facing various losses stemming from coronavirus-related negligence by a cruise line, and you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
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