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What to Do If You Get Sick on a Cruise Ship

Getting sick on a cruise ship can ruin the trip of a lifetime, and it can sometimes leave you with health consequences to deal with later on. If you got sick on your cruise ship, and you think your cruise line may be responsible, contact an injury lawyer at Heuser & Heuser for assistance.

Demonstrating Negligence

Negligence is the legal concept that everyone is entitled to a certain amount of care and respect. If you fell ill on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to legal action if you can demonstrate that your illness was a direct result of the cruise line’s negligence. However, just because you did get sick on your cruise does not necessarily mean that your cruise line was negligent. You must actually prove that your cruise failed to uphold a reasonable standard of care and was, therefore, negligent in their expected duties in some way.

Negligence can be difficult to prove in these cases since people constantly become ill in a variety of different environments for a variety of different reasons. This can be especially difficult to prove particularly if you were the only one who fell ill on your cruise. Keep in mind that even if you are able to prove that the cruise line was negligent in some way, you also need to prove that their negligence caused your illness.

Proving Your Case

If you get sick on your cruise, start gathering evidence and making your personal injury case while you are still on board your cruise ship. This may not be at the forefront of your mind while you are lying in a hospital bed, but it will prove crucial to your case later on. Here are some crucial things to keep an eye out for:

  • Other sick passengers and their symptoms
  • Patients in the hospital or quarantined passengers
  • Health warnings or announcements
  • Your ship taking certain precautions against illnesses
  • Your ship altering their planned itinerary

Common Cruise Ship Illnesses

Of course, everyday illnesses like the flu or the common cold are frequent on cruise ships because they are frequent everywhere. If you fall ill to one of these illnesses while on your cruise, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to hold the ship responsible since it’s difficult to pinpoint their exact origins.

Other diseases that are also common on cruise ships that you may be able to hold them responsible for include food poisoning, norovirus, and Legionnaire’s Disease. Food poisoning often results from negligence, such as a food preparer failing to wash their hands before handling your food. Norovirus causes symptoms similar to food poisoning including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and occasionally fever and headache. In addition to this, it is very contagious and can be spread via contaminated water and food or via contact with a sick person or something they touched.

Legionnaire’s Disease is much more serious, causing death in approximately 15% of infected patients. The causative agent, Legionella bacterium, grows in places with warm water like hot tubs, plumbing systems, and heating systems. Because the bacteria is killed by hot water, cruise ship may be negligent for causing the disease if they do not properly heat their hot tubs or pools.

Contact an Injury Lawyer to Help You

If you or someone you know may have fallen ill on a cruise ship due to the ship’s negligence, contact an injury lawyer at Heuser & Heuser. Located in Colorado Springs, CO, we’ve been helping people in need for decades, and we’re here to help you too.

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