Embarking on a cruise vacation is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After all, cruises are not cheap, so it is likely that you’ll want to make the most of it and really get the greatest bang for your buck. We completely understand. After all, we have worked with countless individuals who have had similar intentions when setting out on the open seas for a few days of relaxation and fun.
Unfortunately, far too many people become injured or worse aboard their cruises, often at no fault of their own. When an injury or medical emergency happens, the cruise will need to call upon the Coast Guard to medevac the passengers in need to a nearby hospital. Although it is not unusual for one emergency helicopter to be called, it is far less common for four to be required all at the same time. However, a recent story out of Portland explains that this is exactly what happened.
On June 3rd, 2017, not one, but four passengers aboard the Celebrity Summit were in need of medical attention. Initially, the incident was reported as a mass casualty, as all four passengers required immediate attention. However, it soon became clear that the four passengers had unrelated injuries and medical concerns.
The passengers’ injuries were as follows: an 70-year-old woman was suffering from a broken fibula, an 86-year-old woman was plagued by pneumonia, and the remaining two were dealing with undisclosed cardiac issues. So, despite the fact that the cruise ship had to report the rescue as a mass casualty, the individual issues were not as related as the original terminology may have made it seem.
This event does, however, highlight the frequency which injuries occur aboard cruise ships!
Thankfully, all of the passengers were safely transported to land, where they could receive the medical attention that they needed. We send our best wishes for a safe and full recovery to each of the individuals navigating their health concerns, as well as their families.
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However, in the wake of this situation, we cannot help but to wonder how so many issues came to the surface aboard the Celebrity Summit at the same time? Having worked with countless accident and injury claims, we know that such a high volume of simultaneous concerns is unusual. As a result, we are led to question the conditions on the ship, specifically with regards to the passenger who suffered the broken bone.
Were the floors slippery? Were the halls well lit? These are just a few of the questions we may begin to ask when considering what led to one woman’s broken fibula. It is important to remember that safety should always be your number one priority. So if you feel as if your accident or injury was caused by a negligent cruise line, you do not need to face your legal situation on your own.
At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, every maritime lawyer on our team is proficient in assisting clients through some of life’s most challenging legal waters. And we will stay with you, until you receive the results you deserve. So, when you are ready to take the next step towards your future, do not hesitate to contact us.