The Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined in early February after one of its passengers, upon leaving, was diagnosed with the widely-spreading coronavirus. The ship was docked in Yokohama, Japan, for two weeks. There were more than 600 individuals diagnosed with coronavirus aboard the ship.
Last week, 350 Americans were released from the ship and sent to various Air Force bases for quarantine. 57 individuals have been diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., and 40 of them were on the cruise ship. One individual who lives in Riverside County was diagnosed and returned home.
The individual is being treated in Northern California instead of being allowed to return home to a rather populated area where the virus can rapidly spread.
Liability of the Cruise Ship
The Diamond Princess cruise ship was kept docked for weeks but did not have anything done to it to potentially fix the problem. The ship was not disinfected, for one, or cleaned in any way that could potentially mitigate the spreading of the virus. Further, the inhabitants of the ship were not split up or separated – those who were diagnosed with the virus were kept there, and those who were not, were also forced to remain. This likely increased the amount of people who were infected.
How does coronavirus spread?
The currently accepted theory on transmission of the coronavirus is primarily person-to-person. Individuals must be within 6 feet of one another, for example, or they must inhale respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes. The droplets may land near the mouth or nose of non-infected individuals, leading to a contraction of the virus. It is primarily an upper respiratory infection, and it is advised for people to wear protective covering over the mouth and nose to reduce the risk of infection.
Can you sue a cruise liner for getting you sick?
It is important that you maintain a degree of health and safety while on board any cruise ships. However, not all liners or companies place an emphasis on the health of the passengers. They were likely quarantined out of necessity or demand from the government and would have easily resumed the trip if they could so they could continue to profit.
If a cruise ship does not properly protect its passengers, the company may be held accountable. Healthy people were kept on board and exposed to the virus, which has been proven to result in fatalities in some cases.
How can I sue a cruise ship for coronavirus?
In order to file a claim against Diamond Princess or any cruise ship that contributed to health problems, you must get evidence of the negligence. You wee afforded a duty of care by the cruise ship, and this duty of care was breached. It resulted in an incident that caused you to suffer injuries. You should gather proof that can include the following:
- Medical notes proving that you were ill
- Proof of purchase of the tickets for the cruise ship
- Photos showing that you were on board the ship
- Statements from other passengers who can also testify that there was a sickness on board and that the ship was not disinfected or cleaned, or that the quarantine did not result in a separation of groups
- Contact information of the cruise ship, including insurance details
Once you have the necessary evidence, you can contact a lawyer who can sue the cruise ship for illness. You should not try to handle this kind of claim by yourself. If you have never taken legal action before, you may not know the first step to take or how to negotiate a fair settlement. You may not even know which laws to cite. Our attorneys can fight on your behalf and ensure that the insurance agent is considering your claim. We will not stop until we receive a satisfactory result from the agent. You can focus on recovering from your illness and returning to a normal routine.
Cruise Ship Lawsuit Compensation
Victims of injury or damages on cruise ships can earn large settlements if the cruise ship did not protect them. We will make sure that you are fairly covered by securing you payment for the following:
- Medical bills and expenses from the past and future for treatment, hospitalization, medication, and more
- Lost wages from the time you were unable to return to work, from both the past and the future
- Property damage if any personal items or belongings were lost
- Pain and suffering damages to account for emotional anxiety, fear, PTSD, and more
- Punitive damages, which can be handed out in times of gross negligence by the cruise ship company, but these are hard to win and can only be secured by a skilled lawyer
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one or family member passed away due to the incident, which can result in funeral and burial expenses, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of inheritance and income, loss of consortium and relations, and more
Our attorneys will not rest until we have secured you a fair settlement.
What is the deadline to sue a cruise ship for injuries?
The statute of limitations for cruise ship injuries is 2 years from the date of the damage. If you fail to sue within that time period, you will not be able to secure any compensation in the future. It is important that you speak with a lawyer to determine the exact day your statute of limitations runs out. The sooner you act, the better preserved your evidence will be, so it is in your best interest to not hesitate.
There are a few ways in which the statute of limitations can be suspended momentarily. Minors cannot sue, for example, so they can wait until they turn 18 years old before the statute begins. You may also have been incapacitated after the incident, which can cause the statute to be on hold until the time you return to health or mental capabilities.
Do not let the statute of limitations run out on your claim. Speak with one of our attorneys to determine how much time remains. We will submit your documents on time and ensure that your lawsuit meets the deadline.
The Downtown LA Law Group is the premier personal injury law firm in Los Angeles. We have handled numerous cruise ship injuries and can litigate your claim from start to finish. Our attorneys are known for being aggressive and for never settling until the client is fully covered. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and we are always willing to go the extra mile, whether that involves extending negotiations or going to court.
If you need a free legal consultation to discuss your case, call our law firm today. All consultations are totally confidential and none of your information will be released elsewhere. We will walk you through the legal process and tell you how the case will likely unfold, and we will also inform you of how much we feel the claim is worth. If you have any questions, we will gladly answer them.
In hiring us, you’ll be given our zero fee guarantee. this means that you won’t have to pay a single dime throughout the case. We will cover all the costs ourselves, and if we win, our fees will be taken from the settlement secured from the insurance agency of the cruise ship. If we lose, we take no payments at all.
To sue Diamond Princess or a similar cruise ship for contracting coronavirus or another illness, get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group today.