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COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Negligence

April 15, 2020

As you are likely aware, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can spread via human to human contact, especially when there are large amounts of people in fairly confined spaces as evidenced by the COVID-19 spread aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71. Sadly, 950 Roosevelt sailors have tested positive for COVID-19 and one sailor has been reported deceased. While cruise ships typically have more space and better accommodations for self-isolating and social distancing than naval vessels do, numerous people have also become infected with COVID-19 onboard various cruise ships. What is of the greatest concern is that recent reporting indicates that several cruise ship companies may have neglected to implement sufficient measures to safeguard passengers and crewmembers from COVID-19 after they received notice that people onboard cruise ships had become infected with COVID-19. This apparent negligence may have accelerated the erroneous spread of COVID-19 among passengers and crewmembers on several cruise ships.


Who is Responsible if a Cruise Ship Passenger or Crew Member Became Infected with COVID-19?


A Cruise Ship liner could potentially have liability for negligence if a passenger or crew member of a cruise ship became infected with COVID-19, while they were onboard a cruise ship, especially if a cruise ship company became aware of passengers and/or crew members who were likely infected with COVID-19 and the cruise ship company failed to implement adequate safeguards to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and if the cruise ship company failed to put passengers and crewmembers on notice of the potential hazard of becoming infected from passengers and crewmembers who were already likely infected with COVID-19.


Statute of Limitations


While Florida law generally provides a 4-year statute of limitations for personal injury matters, personal injury matters that occur onboard cruise ships are generally governed by the terms of the contract that cruise ship companies and passengers typically enter into, which is usually contained in the ticket package, among other potentially applicable law, such as federal admiralty law. The contracts typically state that a passenger must provide notice of a claim to the cruise ship company within six months and file a lawsuit against the cruise ship company within one year from the date an injury causing event occurs. It is important that you contact a licensed Florida Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one have become injured or deceased due to the negligence of a cruise ship company due to the numerous conflicts of governing law that can arise and limit how much time you have to pursue an injury claim.


Get Your Case Evaluated


Pursuing Cruise Ship negligence claims in general can be a convoluted process that can be easily mishandled which can result in minimal or no recovery. We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of a licensed Florida Personal Injury Attorney if you or a loved one has been injured or has become deceased in a cruise ship negligence case, (whether or not related to COVID-19), a car accident, motorcycle accident, boating accident, Jet Ski accident, pedestrian accident, bicycle accident, slip and fall accident, premises liability accident, bus accident, nursing home negligence or abuse incident or any other type of accident that is caused by another. You could potentially recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage and other compensable damages and expenses. At Biazzo Law, we are prepared to negotiate a settlement for you or pursue your case through a jury verdict if warranted. Contact Biazzo Law, the best local injury lawyer today at (561) 939-6300 to schedule your free Personal Injury consultation. This blog is not to be construed as legal advice.





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