When embarking on a cruise, the last thing that you want is to fall ill. After months of planning and anticipation, your days at sea should be filled with relaxation and fun, not trips to the infirmary! After all, no matter where you are in the world, nothing will ruin your trip faster than being stuck in bed!
We understand, and as a maritime law firm, we’ve seen our fair share of cruise ship disasters. Luckily, things are getting better in the area on board medical care. From seasickness to more serious injuries, you should be able to get taken care of while you are on your vacation.
A recent story out of Washington State reminds illustrates what can happen when things are done correctly.
Man’s Internal Bleeding Required An Air Lift
On Thursday, September 22nd, a 66-year-old man was medevaced from his cruise ship. After leaving out of Seattle last week, the cruise was headed towards Victoria, Canada.
At the time of this blog post, we know that the man was experiencing internal bleeding. Thus, the cruise doctor requested that he be airlifted to land for immediate assistance. While the cause of his condition was unknown, we are grateful that the doctors on board knew that it was too serious a situation for them to handle on their own.
Too often, we hear of cruise doctors who do not respond properly to medical emergencies. Whether for lack of training or lack of interest, it is never a good thing to discover that medical malpractice has taken place.
Thus, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that, in this case, proper medical procedures were followed.
We want to also take a moment and express our gratitude to all of the cruise personnel who do their jobs well.
In any environment, there is always the opportunity to perform poorly or below expectations. But when it comes to working on a cruise, a job that is not well done is especially felt by everyone on board. Cruise ships are tiny ecosystems that require the cooperation of all individuals, from the passengers to the captain, and everyone in between.
When one piece doesn’t fit into place, everything else can suffers as a result.
A Maritime Lawyer Can Help
Unfortunately, we know that not every situation is handled with as much care and ease as the one we’ve discussed today. Sometimes, tragic events take place and are not handled well by the people involved, resulting in permanent serious injuries or worse for the individuals affected.
When this happens, your life may feel as though it has been turned upside down. You may have many questions and not know where to turn. We are here to tell you that you are not alone. Choosing the right attorney can be just what you need. Our team has experience with a wide range of maritime legal issues and is ready to help you navigate your case.
So, do not hesitate to contact us. We will set up an initial consultation and begin the process of getting you back on track.