It’s the height of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and this means that vacation season is well underway. For many people, that will mean spending some well deserved time with family and friends. While there are a variety of different vacation experiences to choose from, one of the fastest growing is the cruise industry. After all, with clear blue skies, the open seas, and countless exciting ports of call, it is easy to understand why these trips are so alluring to all age groups and demographics.
Who wouldn’t want to kick back and relax with the ocean breeze in their face, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? It’s an easy sell. However, a cruise vacation is not always as stress free as you may have hoped.
Unfortunately, countless individuals become the victims of accident or injury on a cruise, every year. Often, these situations occur due to cruise line negligence and irresponsibility. But there are times in which an accident occurs that no one could have expected. These situations typically result in the passenger or crewmember requiring an emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital. Needless to say, these are the instances that everyone hopes to avoid.
A recent story out of Virginia reminds us of this.
Heart Attack Conditions Require Immediate Attention
Over the weekend, an 89-year-old woman required emergency medical assistance while she sailed aboard the Oceana cruise ship Insignia. The woman, a Canadian on vacation to the Atlantic coast, was demonstrating signs of heart attack.
Although cruises are equipped with medical professionals to tend to the passengers and crewmembers aboard the ship, their expertise and abilities only go so far. When an individual is presenting serious, life-threatening symptoms, it is necessary to call in backup. This typically means that the U.S. Coast Guard will be brought in so that the ailing individual can be quickly and efficiently transported to the nearest hospital.
In this situation, the woman was brought to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. A nurse from the cruise ship also accompanied her. At this time, there is no further information on her condition. Thus, we send our best wishes to her and her family for a speedy recovery.
For many, a heart attack–or symptoms thereof–can come out of nowhere. Because of this, we recommend that all passengers who may be at risk for a serious health concern while on vacation check in with their doctor before they depart. Getting a final stamp of approval can allow you to set your mind at ease, so that you can truly kick back and enjoy your trip.
That said, we also understand that cruise ship concerns–whether due to the cruise line’s negligence or a personal health issue–may strike when you least expect it. When this happens, it can be overwhelming to attempt to pick up the pieces and navigate the highly complex legal world.
Fortunately, the maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman are here to help. We have experience guiding a wide variety of clients through their accident claims, and we are prepared to do the same for you. So when you are ready to put the burden of this weight behind you, do not hesitate to contact us.