On Monday, March 26th, a three-year-old boy was medevaced from his cruise due to a serious health concern. According to reports, the boy and his family were traveling aboard the Norwegian Dawn when the boy began suffering from intestinal problems.
Upon receiving the news, the Coast Guard sent out a rescue team. The team arrived at the ship, which was approximately 200 miles southwest of Key West, at 4:30pm. Once there, they evacuated both the boy and his mother, bringing them to Lower Florida Keys Hospital in Key West. At this time, the boy is in stable condition.
We send our best wishes to him and his family, in the hopes that he will make a full and smooth recovery.
In the wake of this event, we are grateful to know that the ailing passenger was taken care of as quickly and thoroughly as possible. In cases such as these, when a child is ill, it is especially important to address the situation without delay. After all, while adults can clearly articulate what may be wrong, children generally do not have the same understanding of what is going on in their bodies. As a result, time really is of the essence.
Health and Safety Should Be Top Priority
As maritime lawyers, we often discuss the importance of being in good health before setting out on a cruise. Due to the fact that you could be thousands of miles away from your regular physician, it is always a good idea to double check any potential health concerns before you depart. However, we almost never mention children’s health. This case offers the perfect opportunity to stress the importance of ensuring all family members are feeling well enough to go on vacation.
That said, intestinal issues are not always detectable in advance. And, it is possible that the child in this case contracted something aboard the ship that sparked his illness. If the cruise line is potentially to blame for this situation, then that opens up an entirely different, though no less important, discussion on the health and safety practices aboard cruises.
Our Maritime Lawyers are Here for You
In any case, requiring medevac assistance on your vacation is not something you ever want to experience for yourself, and it is certainly not something you want your children to experience either. So if you have suffered an accident or injury aboard your cruise and believe that the situation was out of your hands, you should know that we are here to help.
Navigating a legal burden is never an easy task, but it can be even more challenging when the situation took place at sea, potentially in international waters. Fortunately, at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have 100 years of combined experience in maritime law. This means that everyone at our firm fully understands what you are facing and is ready to provide assistance, so that you get the resolution you deserve.
No one should have to handle their cruise ship legal concerns on their own. So if you have questions about what we can do for you, or if you’re ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.