When you set out on a cruise vacation, it is likely that you are looking forward to a few days away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. After all, if you are like most cruise-goers, you have been planning and anticipating your days at sea for a very long time! There is no other vacation quite like a cruise.
Therefore, it only makes sense that you would want the entire trip to go off without a hitch. For most people, most of the time, it does. However, there are times when a cruise vacation spins out of control and when that happens it is usually because of a serious injury, serious illness, or some other life-threatening event. A recent story out of Seattle reminds us of this.
Passenger Required Surgery
This week, a passenger aboard the Grand Princess required medical assistance as the ship sailed through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At 5:40 pm on Monday night, the Coast Guard received a call from the ship. According to reports, a 70-year-old man on board the vessel was in need of a CT scan and required surgery.
The Coast Guard crew arrived promptly, using their MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to airlift the man and fly him to the nearest Hospital, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was last listed in stable condition.
In the wake of this event, we are glad that everyone involved followed was able to work together, and that the protocols in allowed the ailing passenger to receive the medical attention he needed. We send our best wishes to the man and his family, with hopes that he will make a full and speedy recovery.
Because situations like this one happen often, we remind you of the importance of checking with your primary care doctor before leaving on a Cruise or any vacation that takes you away from a major Metropolitan Hospital if you have reached a certain age or have underlying medical conditions that could require a hospital. Although it can be a hassle to schedule an appointment in the days leading up to your trip, that initial hassle at home is far more convenient than discovering that you need serious medical attention while you are hundreds of miles away from a facility that can provide it at, or at sea.
Receiving a stamp of approval from your doctor, before setting out on your vacation can set your mind at ease and decrease your chances of requiring emergency assistance while you are away on vacation.
Let Us Help You
That said, as maritime lawyers, we understand that some things really are out of our control. Therefore, should you ever find yourself injured aboard your cruise and believe that the cruise line may be to blame; you can rest assured that we are here to help.
Our team has a combined 100 years of experience in this highly complex and ever-changing sector of the law. Therefore, rest assured that with us you would be in good hands, from start to finish. Are you ready to face your legal burden head on? If so, do not hesitate to contact us.