Cruise lines are being sued for coronavirus negligence, including:
- Princess Cruises
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Royal Caribbean International
- Costa Cruises
Additional cruise lines could face lawsuits in the near future, as passengers, crew members, and others may have been put at immediate risk because of negligence by various cruise lines.
The Lawsuits Facing Cruise Lines
As passengers and cruise members disembark from ships kept at sea in port for weeks or months, some have had the opportunity to reflect on their experiences. Apparently, many believe that their health was put at risk by the actions of cruise lines.
Some of the COVID-19-related lawsuits currently filed against cruise lines include:
- A wrongful death lawsuit brought against Royal Caribbean International by the family of a crew member who died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to TIME reporting
- A negligence-based lawsuit on behalf of passengers on Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess vessel, per USA Today
- Wrongful death lawsuits filed against Costa Cruises in response to multiple deaths on board their vessel, the Costa Luminosa, according to National Public Radio (NPR)
- A negligence-based lawsuit against Princess Cruises for mishandling of COVID-19-related safety measures on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, per Fox Business
These lawsuits are each unique, but some or all of them contain common themes that speak to the alleged negligence of the cruise line industry as a whole.
How Cruise Lines May Have Failed Passengers and Crew Members
An examination of pending lawsuits related to COVID-19 and cruise ships illuminates some of the failures of individual cruise lines, and the cruise line industry more broadly. Some of the reasons why passengers and crew members have brought forth lawsuits include:
- Some cruise lines may have been aware of previous cases of COVID-19 on one or more of their ships, yet onboarded new passengers and continued to operate without conducting a deep cleaning of potentially-infected ships
- Cruise ship crew members were not provided adequate safety equipment (such as masks and gloves), yet were expected to continue working even once cases of COVID-19 came to light
- Certain cruise lines implemented flimsy precautions against further infection—such as offering questionnaires in lieu of medical COVID-19 tests—to determine if passengers were sick
- Cruise lines were slow to alert passengers to the potential or verified presence of infected passengers on board the ship with them
- Cruise lines were slow to implement mandatory quarantines to prevent the spread of the virus
- Cruise line officials provided inaccurate statistics to health officials, which may have led infected passengers to leave the ship’s confines prematurely
These are only some of the allegations that have emerged as a result of news stories and lawsuits detailing cruise ships’ mishandling of COVID-19 outbreaks. Some of the losses that may have resulted from these potentially negligent actions include:
- Infection of passengers and crew members
- Medical costs associated with COVID-19 infection
- Pain and suffering caused by COVID-19 infection
- Wrongful death caused by COVID-19 infection
- Lost income for those infected
- Lost income for those forced to quarantine
Possible losses for those affected by cruise lines’ negligence may vary on a case by case basis. With this in mind, anyone who lived through a COVID-19 outbreak on a cruise ship may have been negatively impacted in some way, and cruise lines may be to blame for an individual’s negative experience.
You May Have Grounds for a Lawsuit Against a Cruise Line
If you believe that you were victimized by one of the cruise lines being sued for coronavirus negligence (or a cruise line that has yet to be sued), then you may want to speak with a lawyer about joining or starting a lawsuit. A lawyer may assist you by:
- Speaking with you about the circumstances of any negligence you believe affected you
- Advising you on whether you are eligible to join a class action lawsuit or file an individual lawsuit
- Help you determine which parties—possibly including a cruise line—should be named as defendants in your lawsuit
- Overseeing all of the legal responsibilities necessary to complete your lawsuit
- Collecting evidence that shows you were the victim of negligence
- Defending your rights
You may have suffered numerous losses because of a COVID-19 outbreak on a cruise ship, and a lawsuit may be a way to obtain compensation for those losses—through a settlement or judgement.
Call Our Team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Today
Our partners work directly with clients, and we have a personal connection to the victims of Princess Cruises’ (and its parent company Carnival Cruise Line’s) negligence related to COVID-19. Call our team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers today at (855) 529-0269 for a free consultation. Cruise lines are being sued for coronavirus negligence and you may be able to join an existing suit or file an initial suit.