What to Do if You Get Sick on a Cruise Ship
Buy insurance to pay for an air ambulance before you go on a cruise.
In today’s video we’re talking about what to do if you get sick on a cruise ship. Editor in Chief Larry Bodine interviews maritime and trial lawyer Jack Hickey of Miami, Florida, who represents passengers nationwide on cruise ships.
A new federal appeals court decision, Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., ruled in January 2015 that cruise lines are responsible for medical malpractice of its doctors.
Most of the medical care on a cruise ship is an emergency situation, and Hickey has represented passengers who had diverticulitis, bleeding out the rectum and broken limbs - and their case was mishandled. He recounted that cruise ship doctors will under-diagnose a medical problem in order to keep the passenger on the ship – or else the cruise line will abandon a sick passenger in a third world country without making any arrangements for medical care.
He offers two points of advice:
- Get back to the US as soon as possible via air ambulance.
- Before you go on a cruise, buy travel insurance that covers the cost of an air ambulance.
Passengers can find out more about the law of cruise lines at HickeyLawFirm.com. Jack Hickey spent the first 17 years of his career defending cruise lines, and for the last 17 years he has represented passengers and crew members in claims against the cruise lines. He can be reached 800-215-7117 to discuss whether you have a claim, to answer questions for free and to consider representing you on a contingency basis.