Individuals that board a cruise ship can suffer an injury through various different means. Regardless of what injury they endure on the cruise ship, the passengers expect to be treated by a competent doctor and team of medical professionals. If sub-standard care is given by the medical professionals on the cruise ship, the injury they went in for will only be made worse, and it may even be misdiagnosed. If incompetent medical care was provided to the passenger, the cruise line company might be liable for paying the damages caused by the malpractice.
With that being said, cruise lines companies have failed to invest some of their resources on hiring highly skilled and professional medical professionals. A passenger that suffers an even greater injury by a cruise ship nurse or doctor can contact the firm’s cruise ship and medical mistake Miami lawyers. Not only are cruise ship accidents complex to handle, but medical malpractice does not fall far behind. These two categories must be handled by an experienced attorney from one of our firms.
Many people might be shocked to learn that until recently, in 2014, individuals who were injured by a cruise ship’s medical professional could not seek legal action against them, but due to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, victims of medical negligence can now seek justice. Passengers can be subjected to the same errors like at any other medical setting such as misdiagnoses, failure to treat, and ordering of improper tests, just to name a few.
Factors That Can Hold Cruise Line Liable For Malpractice
A cruise line can be found liable for the negligent actions of their medical professionals if any of the following pertains to the cruise line:
- Medical center was advertised to the passengers
- Cruise line is able to fire and hire medical professionals
- Medical staff wears the cruise ship’s uniform
- Medical staff is paid by the cruise line
- Cruise line acquires medicine equipment and supplies for the medical center
- Passengers are charged for their medical services while on board
If any of the above applies to the cruise line, they can be found liable for the physician’s error. A mistake in the medical world can leave a passenger with a debilitating injury and anguishing pain.
Medical Malpractice While Overseas
The majority of cruise ships are not equipped to handle extreme cases of injuries. Many people deem the medical centers on board a cruise as “first aid” only. It is important that a cruise ship places more efforts on their medical team because an injury can happen at any moment on a cruise ship. Medical malpractice cruise ship lawyers at Percy Martinez’s Miami Firm can figure out who will be held liable for the passenger’s damages and obtain compensation for their clients.