Category Archives: Crew Member Illness


Feb

13

2014

How The U.S. Navy Avoids Norovirus; How That Might Impact Your Next Cruise

The U.S. Navy, which houses many men and women in close quarters while at sea, is very effective at keeping Norovirus and other intestinal viruses from spreading. How Do They Do It? Constant, every day cleaning. Read more here at a special CNN report: How The Navy Avoids Norovirus Norovirus on Your Cruise Ship – What You Need To Know Avoiding Norovirus or other stomach…

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Jan

22

2014

Common Questions From Injured Cruise Ship Crew Members

Here are 4 questions (and answers) from injured cruise line crewmembers If I’ve been hired to work on a vessel, do I have any right to be compensated if I suffer an injury or illness? Yes, but your rights depend upon what you were hired to do, and whether there was any negligence or unseaworthiness involved. To qualify as a crewmember, it is not necessary…

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Jan

20

2014

Can Crewmembers Sue Their Cruise Line Employer?

Sometime we find that crewmembers on cruise ships are unaware of the fact that they can file a lawsuit (or sue) the cruise line companies that employ them. Yes – Crewmembers can sue a Cruise Line Crewmembers often suffer the same injures as passengers – slips and falls that go untreated…sexual harassment and rape…physical assault and battery…sickness and medical malpractice. They also can suffer from…

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Apr

09

2013

Sick from Gastroenteritis or Norovirus caught on cruise ship?

Gastroenteritis. It’s probably not something most cruise ship passengers think about when booking a cruise. But like the Norovirus and other viruses, it can be spread about quickly on a cruise ship and the surrounding port operations. The viruses can lead to vomiting or watery diarrhea or both, with fevers, abdominal cramping or stomach pain being associated. Stomach pain and a general feeling of tiredness, headache, and…

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Mar

11

2013

Cruise ship injury attorneys help passengers sick from Norovirus evaluate potential claims

Norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships seems to be occurring with more frequency, the most recent outbreak occurring aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas as over 100 passenger and crew became ill with a severe stomach virus. Read more here at ABC News about the incident. Stomach bugs and other contagious viruses like Norovirus are a potential concern for passengers as they embark on their…

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Mar

11

2013

Norovirus affects Royal Caribbean cruise ship – over 100 passengers sick

As reported by ABC News and media other outlets, Vision of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to port in Florida with over a 100 sick passengers and crew. The likely reason? Norovirus. According to the report… A Royal Caribbean cruise ship has returned to port with more than 100 passengers sickened by a stomach illness thought to be norovirus. Vision of the…

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Jan

07

2013

Cruise Ship Injury Attorney Blog Helps Victims of Cruise Ship Injuries

Waks and Barnett, a law firm whose lawyers represent cruise ship passengers who have become injured or sick while cruising, also maintains a blog on  their website. This blog, CruiseLawyers.com/blog offers helpful tips and information for anyone who was injured, became sick or was in anyway mistreated aboard a cruise ship – whether it be a passenger or the crew. You can read blog posts…

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Dec

10

2012

Noroviruses on Cruise Ships

As attorneys working clients who were injured or became sick while on a cruise ship, we’re familiar with common claims brought against the cruise lines. Relatively often, passengers get sick while cruising. One common reason is that they’ve contracted a norovirus – a stomach bug or stomach flu – that’s beyond the general realm of what’s considered an upset stomach. According to the Center for…

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Dec

10

2012

Stomach Bug Hits Cruise Ship; Stay Healthy on Your Cruise

In November, passengers aboard Holland America’s Amsterdam were hit with “a stomach bug.” Reportedly, 10 percent of the passengers reported to the infirmary with a common type of gastrointestinal illness.” Of around 791 passengers, 81 were sickened. Some crew members were affected as well. The Amsterdam was traveling from Sydney, Australia to San Diego sailing when the outbreak happened. Reports also stated that the cruise line made…

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Oct

10

2012

Can a passenger sue a cruise line if they got meningitis aboard a cruise ship?

Can a passenger sue a cruise line if they contracted meningitis while on a cruise? Can crew members also sue the cruise line they work for if they got meningitis while working on the cruise ship? Those are two questions our maritime attorneys have been asked over the last few days. The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. Each case is individual…

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