For most people, a cruise experience is one of sunny blue skies and calm breezes overhead. With so much to see and do, it is easy to feel like the days at sea will rush by in the blink of an eye, leaving you with positive memories to last a lifetime. However, there are times when this idyllic vacation experience is not what actually ends up coming true.
If you suffer a serious accident or injury aboard a cruise ship, your carefree time at sea can quickly become a chaotic and harrowing experience. Despite your best planning, it is the unexpected events that threaten to turn your vacation plans on their head. A recent story out of Texas reminds us of this.
Head Injury At Sea Requires Medevac Response
On August 3rd, a 30-year-old woman from Houston, Texas requested medevac assistance while she was sailing aboard the Carnival Valor. According to reports, the woman fell and suffered an injury to her head. The ship was roughly 10 miles east of Galveston, Texas at the time.
Fortunately, the Coast Guard responded promptly to the scene and transported the woman to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is now in stable condition. We send our best wishes to the woman and her family, in hopes that she will experience a full and speedy recovery.
We are glad to know that in this case, the passenger in need made it to the hospital with speed and efficiency. Although it is essential to have medical professionals aboard cruises, there are times when the breadth and depth of their knowledge and resources is not enough. When this happens, there are but two choices available to you. If you are within reach of the U.S. Coast Guard, weather permitting, get air lifted to a U.S. hospital, otherwise get to the closets adequately staffed, and equipped land based hospital within are area of your ship’s itinerary.
We Can Help You Navigate Your Case
As a maritime law firm, we have experienced too many situations where things have not gone as smoothly. Many passengers and crewmembers suffer accident and injury aboard cruises every year. Sometimes the ship’s medical staff fails to realize they are in over their heads, other times they are just plain negligent and do not request the vessel contact the Coast Guard or divert course to the nearest adequately equipped land based hospital.
If you or someone you love suffered an injury or became ill and did not get adequate timely care, while on a cruise, we know just how overwhelming it can be to face the consequences on your own.
That is why a maritime lawyer on our team is here to help. Our firm has over 100 years of combined experience, and is ready to help you navigate the ins and outs of your case. When you are ready, do not hesitate to contact us.