Recently, a number of cruise ships have reported issues with Norovirus, the nasty stomach virus that seems to be rampant within the cruise ship industry. Over the last 2 months, thousands of passengers have been struck down with debilitating Norovirus symptoms.
Update (April 10, 2014): CNN reports at least 83 passengers and crew of the Princess Cruises Crown Princess have gastrointestinal issues, most likely due to a Norovirus breakout aboard the vessel. Read the full CNN report here.
The virus can cause gastrointestinal issues, including, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting – they can also worsen pre-existing conditions or severely impact the health of elderly passengers.
What Can Be Done About the Norovirus?
If you were a passenger on a cruise ship that had a Norovirus outbreak and suffered from symptoms of the virus, you might have a potential claim against the cruise line. The reality is that unless you’ve suffered advanced and ongoing medical issues due to the Norovirus, you may have a hard time filing a claim.
Getting sick on a cruise is usually not a basis for a claim. But if the sickness was avoidable due to the negligence of the cruise line – and the virus exacerbated existing conditions (i.e. the negligence resulted in you getting sick or sicker) – then the potential for a claim might exist. *each and every case is different. It’s best to consult an attorney for more information. You can’t assume that a Norovirus outbreak was a result of actions of the cruise line.
If you’re confused, it’s best to speak with an attorney or law firm that represents injured passengers against the cruise lines each and every day. They’ll be able to help you as you question which action plan to take.
The lawyers of Waks and Barnett are experienced handling injury cases against cruise ship lines, and we are available to explain your rights to you if needed.
Have Questions for a Cruise Ship Personal Injury Attorney?
We’d enjoy speaking to you. Don’t let your questions go unanswered. Time is often a consideration when determining whether you should file a claim for an injury you’ve suffered.
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