Our cruise injury attorneys have a history of success representing victims of medical malpractice on commercial cruises. In one case, our client was a 31-year-old chef working aboard a ship for Celebrity Cruises. During one trip, he began experiencing severe headaches and facial pain. Rather than treating him onboard the vessel or returning him to the U.S., officials at the cruise line instead flew him to a hospital in Santo Domingo. There, he underwent emergency surgery during which doctors implanted a pacemaker. After this procedure, our client continued to experience severe pain, forcing him to use a walker.
Partner Deborah J. Gander represented this case and filed a lawsuit against the cruise line. They argued that the company ordered an unnecessary surgical procedure and sent our client to Santo Domingo for treatment in an effort to save money. After a trial, the jury awarded our client $1 million for his injuries and damages. Even though our client’s surgery did not take place aboard the cruise ship, the cruise line was still ultimately responsible for his medical injuries.