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Coronavirus and Princess Cruise Lines

Have you been on a cruise ship and showing symptoms of the deadly coronavirus? You may be entitled to compensation, regardless of residency. Call us immediately at 1-800-567-4878 or use the contact form below to see if you have a case.

Background

In the recent months, there has been a worldwide outbreak of a new strain of the Corona virus, commonly known as COVID-19.  The virus began in China in December 2019, and has quickly spread throughout Asia, Europe and most recently, North America.  The virus causes temperature, a dry cough, and can be fatal.  There have been over One Hundred Thousand cases worldwide and over Three Thousand deaths as result of COVID-19.  Those fatalities have largely been amongst the elderly population, and those with underlying medical complications. 

Negligence on Behalf of Princess Cruise Lines

COVID-19 really gained the attention of the public when the Diamond Princess cruise ship, suffered an outbreak of the disease at the beginning of February 2020 in Yokohama, Japan.   The outbreak began with ten cases, and rapidly multiplied to seven hundred cases, as a result of the flawed two week quarantine on the ship.  The Center for Disease Control, (CDC)  issued a statement on February 18, 2020, that  “the rate of new reports of positives new on board, (Diamond Princess), especially among those without symptoms, highlights the high burden of infection on the ship and potential for ongoing risk.”

Many passengers died as a result of COVID-19.

It would only stand to reason, that having experienced such a traumatic outbreak on board one of its vessels less than a month prior to the current voyage on board the Grand Princess, that Princess Cruise Lines would have learned to take all necessary precautions to keep its passengers, crew and the general public safe.  Unfortunately, the Princess Cruise Lines did no such thing, which is why 100s are now at actual risk of immediate physical injury proximately caused by the Princess Cruise Lines negligence.

You May Be Entitled to Compensation

Here at Diamond & Diamond, we are helping people, from around the world, who are passengers on board the Grand Princess which departed out of San Francisco on February 21, 2020, and has been anchored off the coast of San Francisco since March 4, 2020 as a result of an outbreak of COVID-19.

We are providing a free lawsuit evaluation and you may become a part of a class action lawsuit against Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. and as part of a class action lawsuit, your case would be combined with other lawsuits and made into a single claim towards the Princess Cruise Lines. The amount you seek for damages would be unchanged when participating in the class action lawsuit. We would still pursue the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.

Contact Diamond & Diamond to get your cruise lawsuit evaluation. Let us help you win the case or reach a settlement with Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. and then you can have the compensation that you deserve to pay for your present and future expenses. Let our professional lawyers with years of experience protect your rights.

 

FAQ's

Cruise ship injury cases can be very complex because you don’t know where to file the lawsuit. Having an attorney read the fine print of the documentation the cruise ship sent you when you booked will be important for determining the venue in which you are required to file a cruise ship injury accident claim.

You might be able to argue for emotional damages as a result of severe personal injury accidents, including those that happen on cruise lines. Each case is unique and it’s not guaranteed that you will receive compensation in this form, but you’ll want to share how this accident has shaped your life with your injury lawyer so that you can decide whether or not you intend to fight for compensation.

Your personal injury lawyer can help you figure out the expected input from your personal injury expenses, including your medical costs. When you go into court or settlement discussions, the idea is to capture what is anticipated in your future medical expenses as a result of where you’re at right now with treatment. This is why you need an experienced PI lawyer who can help you calculate this number and fight for a fair settlement.

You use maritime laws when dealing with legal issues that arise while at sea, i.e., these laws provide you with guidelines on filing maritime personal injuries lawsuits on land-based courts. Also known as Admiralty law, maritime laws differ from regular state laws in that they cover both domestic and international laws, rules and regulations. This grants maritime laws far greater jurisdiction than regular state laws. Furthermore, federal maritime law allows you to sue more than one party in a personal injury lawsuit, a provision not found in regular state laws.

No. While it is possible to enforce a fixed time frame for filing personal injury cases on land, it is impractical to implement these fixed statutes for injuries that occur at sea. Sea voyages often vary in their duration which can introduce delays in filing injury lawsuits at ports with proper judicial jurisdiction. Consequently, maritime statutes of limitations range between 1 to 3 years unlike the 4 years stipulated in regular state law. Time frames can even exceed 4 years, as observed with medical malpractice cases which remain valid for up to 5 years from the injury.

Cruise ship tickets contain clauses that define the extent of liability of the cruise provider. These clauses define

● What you can or can’t bring along as personal luggage

● Cash limits for lost or damaged personal items

● Limited liability for any harm to your person while engaging in on-shore activities

● Right of the carrier to cancel, alter or substitute scheduled activities during the cruise

● Refund policy if the provider cancels the cruise

● Judicial jurisdiction where you should file a lawsuit if you encounter issues during your cruise

Yes. Being in Florida or not does not hinder you from suing a cruise ship company for negligence that resulted in personal harm. However, your ability to do so is determined by the statute of limitations that apply to your personal injury case. Luckily, you can file a personal injury lawsuit within up to 3 years after the occurrence of the negligent act. Furthermore, you can only sue the cruise ship company in the judicial jurisdiction stipulated on the ticket you used while boarding.

Class action lawsuits typically have a single plaintiff representing other individuals affected similarly by an act of negligence. Once the plaintiff wins a class-action lawsuit, the defendant is compelled by law to create a settlement fund whose task is to compensate every person involved in the case. Each person represented in the class action lawsuit then receives an equal share of the total settlement money paid by the defendant. However, payment only occurs after eligible individuals present themselves before the body managing the settlement fund.

Admiralty law, which is synonymous to maritime law, refers to laws governing legal issues aboard seafaring vessels, i.e., cruise ships, yacht, freight tankers, etc. These laws encompass aspects of both domestic land-based laws and private international maritime law. Admiralty law outlines the statute of limitations for land-based litigation proceedings, i.e., procedures for filing personal injury lawsuits in land-based courts. This law differs from regular law in that it offers a judicial jurisdiction that encompasses all ports of call for seafaring vessels.