Princess Cruises had a ship, the Grand Princess, that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico. There were over 1,200 California residents on the boat. An elderly man, aged 71, died from exposure to coronavirus. He contracted the virus during his time on the boat and later died upon returning home, some days later.
There have been numerous cases involving the passengers the ship, and as a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have gotten involved. The cruise ship was on another leg when it was set to be quarantined. However, the potentially infected individuals were not separated from those who were healthy, which likely led to a small outbreak on board the ship itself.
The ship has been docked off the coast of California. There have been test kits sent to the ship for doctors to administer. To date, 21 individuals – 11 passengers and 10 crewmen – exhibited symptoms consistent with coronavirus.
Several passengers who had left the ship prior to the quarantine were concerned about the apparent lack of safety and screening. The ship’s crew withheld information, risks, and more. To make matters worse, Princess Cruises has stated that not every passenger will be tested; only a few will be selected, and the others should monitor themselves. This is very dangerous and risky, as some symptoms may not immediately come to the surface in some individuals, and if the virus can be detected ahead of any symptoms, the individuals can be treated that much quicker – and with a much higher success rate.
Princess Cruise Line Coronavirus Lawsuit
As a result of the negligent action of the cruise line, there have been various individuals who suffered infection who otherwise would have remained totally healthy. The manager and operator of the Princess Cruise ship should not have been allowed to take the actions that he did and willingly and wrongly quarantine the boat. The individuals on board have ample reason to take legal action and sufficient grounds to do so.
If you need to file a coronavirus lawsuit against Princess Cruise Line, get in touch with our attorneys today.
How to File My Coronavirus Case against Princess Cruise Line
If you wish to file a coronavirus lawsuit against Princess Cruise Line, you will need enough evidence on your side. First of all, you must establish that the cruise ship was negligent in some way and did not properly take care of you or the environment. This can be a premises liability-esque claim; that is, the cruise ship manager or owner knew about the hazard and did nothing to alleviate it, fix it, or provide warnings to the crew and passengers. He also may not have known there was an issue, but any reasonable manager would have paid attention to the stops and seen to it that the ship be completely treated, while individuals receive testing while on board.
Upon determining the liability of the ship or the owner, you can gather evidence. The evidence should consist of everything possible that can support your point. For example, you should immediately go to the doctor for medical treatment. Medical treatment may involve getting quarantined and separated from people for some time, which can be a traumatic experience in and of itself. You should hold on to all medical receipts, doctor’s notes, hospitalization records, test results, and more.
Further, do not hesitate to go to the doctor, for a few reasons. For one, it can negatively impact your claim; if you go to the doctor weeks after being on board the ship, the insurance agent can claim that you obviously contracted the virus elsewhere and you are simply looking to blame a larger party. More importantly, you should not fool around with your health – if you wait too long to get medical help, your condition may worsen over time and lead to more severe consequences.
You should get eyewitness statements and testimonies from other individuals who were on the ship or who can attest to you being sick. This will allow you to bolster your claim; the more people who can say that you were ill from the journey or stay, the more sound your lawsuit will be. You could also speak with other individuals on the ship who were ill and join with them in a class action lawsuit. Such a claim can involve you all putting your evidence together and collectively suing Princess Cruises. The only downside is that the total settlement will be distributed evenly among the plaintiffs, so each person may receive a lower amount than expected.
You should have photos, videos, and other evidence of the stay or journey, as well as of any injuries or symptoms. Getting any evidence from the cruise company will be difficult, as they will want to do all they can to prevent a lawsuit.
You must provide proof that you were on the cruise ship, as well. This can be quite easy as long as you have your ticket or boarding pass, bank statements or credit card statements, or other receipts showing that you bought a ticket and were traveling.
Finally, it is highly recommended that you reach out to a lawyer with experience in lawsuits against cruise ships for negligent action. The coronavirus outbreak is a serious issue and any time there is a spreading illness, businesses can be lax about security, health, and safety. You may not have any legal experience in this regard, and if you try to submit the claim by yourself, the cruise ship’s insurance agency will simply reject it or ignore it. You can count on us to ensure that your case will be swiftly handled. We will fight for your well deserved compensation with the insurance agent while you focus on recovering from the illness.
What is my Coronavirus Lawsuit Worth?
The value of a coronavirus lawsuit against a cruise ship cannot be counted or estimated without properly evaluating your claim and consequences of the virus. The insurance agent from the cruise ship company will look at all the result of your illness. He will look at your age, the type of career you have, the amount of injury it resulted in, how badly the injuries preventing you from returning to work, the impact they had on your life and career, and more. He will then determine your level of liability in the incident and how responsible the cruise company was.
- Medical bills from the past and future for hospitalization, treatment, medication, and more
- Property damage if you inadvertently lost items or if your personal belongings were broken somehow
- Lost income if you were unable to go to work to earn money or if you could not return to work in the future, due to medical treatments, the sickness, recovery time, quarantine, and more
- Pain and suffering damages to account for emotional trauma, PTSD, fear, anxiety, mental anguish, and more
In some cases, COVID-19 can lead to death. In these scenarios, we are fully prepared to pursue wrongful death damages against the cruise ship operator on behalf of your loved one or family member. We will ensure that the business is held accountable for any pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering damages, funeral and burial fees, loss of inheritance and savings, loss of consortium and relations, and more.
You should not be expected to sit back and suffer with an illness or its ensuing financial damages if you were infected because of the cruise liner’s negligent action.
Statute of Limitations to Sue Princess Cruises for COVID-19
If you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit against Princess Cruises because you contracted COVID-19, you will not have an unlimited amount of time to do so. In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is 2 years from the date of the injury. However, maritime laws work differently. The injured individual must inform the cruise line of the claim within 6 months of the injury, and must then file a lawsuit within a year. This is a drastically short amount of time, and it is not hard to see why many individuals fail to receive the compensation they deserve. They simply do not know when the statute of limitations runs out, how much time remains on their claim, or that there is a different amount of time present in maritime cases.
There are still a few ways that the statute of limitations can be extended, though. Because minors cannot sue, they cannot be expected to be held to the statute of limitations. Thus, their deadlines will be suspended until they turn 18 years old. More often than not, guardians will sue on their behalf so that they do not have to wait long. Additionally, some individuals may be left physically or mentally incapacitated after the incident. This will render them unfit to sue, and thus, the statute of limitations can be suspended until they return to functionality.
To ensure that you do not miss out on the chance to sue Princess Cruises for injuries stemming from the coronavirus that is circulating the earth, contact our lawyers today. We will ensure that your claim is filed on time and that you do not miss a single important deadline.
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To receive a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. We will answer all of your questions and ensure that you know how the legal process works. We will also tell you what we believe the value of your claim is. If you hire us to handle your lawsuit, we will give you our zero fee guarantee. This is a promise that you will not have to spend a dollar of your own money – we will cover all the costs ourselves, and if we win, our legal fees will be taken from the settlement we bring you. If we lose, we are paid nothing. Either way, your personal finances will never be altered.
To sue Princess Cruises for contracting the coronavirus or COVID-19, contact the Downtown LA Law Group today at (888) 649-7166