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Cruise Lines Face Lawsuits for Exposing Passengers to the Coronavirus

by John Gomez | Last Updated: April 24, 2020

CA Coronavirus Lawyers

Former cruise passengers from around the world are seeking compensation from cruise lines for the mishandling of coronavirus infections on their ships. Cruise lines’ conduct resulted in injuries to passengers ranging from severe mental and emotional trauma to serious illness and hospitalization to death.

Gomez Trial Attorneys partner Jeremiah Lowe spoke to CBS News about cruise passenger lawsuits for exposure to the coronavirus. Gomez Trial Attorneys represents James and Kelea Nevis, two passengers aboard Carnival’s Costa Luminosa who became seriously ill from COVID-19. Mr. Lowe explained to CBS News how cruise lines try to discourage passengers from bringing lawsuits by including clauses in tickets releasing the cruise line from liability. However, Mr. Lowe further explained that such provisions are void once a ship docks at a U.S. port, and are not typically upheld in U.S. courts.

CBS News reports other passengers, such as Susan and Michael Dorety, have also recently filed cases. Sadly, Susan and Michael both contracted COVID-19 onboard a Princess cruise ship, and Michael later succumbed to his illness.  The family is represented by a lawyer out of Houston, Texas.  Another couple, Debra and Michael Dalton of Missouri were not given a proper health screening before boarding the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Rather, they were simply asked to sign documents confirming they were not currently ill. The Daltons have also filed a lawsuit against Princess Cruise Lines.

In addition to mounting lawsuits, the cruise line industry faces increasing financial struggles. According to CBS News, cruise lines have lost almost $750 million since January and were left out of the federal stimulus package.

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