Is It Possible Cruise Lines Knew of Coronavirus Risk to Passengers?

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As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues investigations of clusters of Covid-19 cases among cruise ship passengers and staff, many are left to wonder how this may have happened in the first place, and if the quick spread of the novel disease was due to corporate negligence. At least 32 cruise ships have now been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, resulting in deadly exposures to the disease, illness, and extended quarantine stays onboard. A recent Wall Street Journal investigation published on May 1, 2020 revealed that many of these ships continued to go on with voyages knowing the dangerous risk to passengers and crew.

Princess Cruises, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean Among List of Infected Ships

In some way, nearly all ships operated by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, have been impacted by the virus. This includes trip cancellations, quarantined off the coast of other countries, left untreated with lagging sicknesses, nearly a dozen passenger deaths, and thousands of individuals traveling without access to the proper medications and support.

The Diamond Princess is the first known cruise ship to have been quarantined with positive Covid-19 patients onboard. Other Princess cruises contaminated include:

  • Caribbean
  • Diamond
  • Golden
  • Grand
  • Pacific
  • Regal
  • Ruby

Several other cruise lines have responded to coronavirus outbreaks. Many were denied entry to U.S. ports, and include:

  • Artania
  • Celebrity Solstice
  • Costa Magica
  • Costa Smeralda
  • Holland America
  • Nile River Cruise Ship
  • Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of Seas
  • World Dream

How Can a Cruise Line Be Held Accountable for Spread of Coronavirus?

Cruise lines do have a duty to take reasonable steps to keep their passengers and crew safe from harm, including protection against infectious diseases such as coronavirus. And although a March 14, 2020, announcement from Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 90% of cruise operators, initiated a temporary suspension of U.S. operations, the industry’s slow response to initial pandemic warnings may have aided the quick and continuous spread of Covid-19.

Passengers, including crew, who have been harmed with physical injuries due to the immediate danger of infectious diseases such as Covid-19, can file a lawsuit due to gross negligence against a cruise ship operator that chose to continue with a voyage knowing passengers could be exposed to a highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease.

Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys for Cruise Ship-Related Injuries

Levin & Perconti is a nationally renowned law firm concentrating in all types of personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death litigation. In 2019, the team of attorneys at Levin & Perconti secured more settlements over $500,000 than any other law firm in Illinois.

If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with Covid-19 onboard a cruise ship or sickened while waiting in port during a quarantine, you should speak with an attorney to learn about the possibility of receiving entitled compensation.

The lawyers at Levin & Perconti are committed to protecting and vindicating the rights of people who are injured by the negligence of others. Please, contact us now for a FREE consultation at 312-332-2872 in Chicago, or toll-free at 1-877-374-1417.

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