Medical professionals employed by cruise lines often fall short of the regular industry standards in regards to practicing. Because of this, injured or ill passengers do not get the appropriate care they need while at sea, oftentimes leading to other serious injuries and sometimes even death. This constitutes medical malpractice.
But what, exactly, should you do if you suspect medical malpractice while on a cruise ship? That's where the attorneys at Hickey Law Firm can help. Our team has decades of combined experience fighting negligent cruise lines that cause their passengers harm. We will work tirelessly to get the justice you and your family deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional while on a cruise ship and would like to discuss your claim, our lawyers can fight for your rights. Give our office a call at (855) 757-4200 to schedule your initial case review. We are proud to serve clients in Miami, South Florida and all around the world.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined as treatment provided by any healthcare professional that is considered negligent or substandard, ultimately causing harm, injury or death to a patient. All levels of healthcare providers can potentially commit medical malpractice, including:
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nurse Assistants
- First Responders
In addition to poor medical treatment administered to patients onboard, cruise lines will often provide medical staff with basic equipment. This means that even properly trained providers may not have the necessary tools to make an accurate diagnosis or administer the proper treatment. This can also constitute medical malpractice.
Who can be Held Liable?
The injuries sustained by a negligent medical professional can be life altering. So who, exactly, can be held responsible for your injuries while onboard a cruise ship?
Ultimately, because the medical professional that provided your treatment below the industry standards directly caused your injury, they can be held accountable. However, the cruise line should also be held liable for your injuries.
The cruise line was negligent in either their hiring process that lead to the employment of an incompetent healthcare provider, or negligent in the decision of providing only basic medical equipment. In either case, the cruise line indirectly caused you harm. Cruise ships that advertise the availability of a competent medical facility, but then fail to provide the standard of care that patients expect is an egregious form of negligence and constitutes medical malpractice.
However, cruise lines will always attempt to avoid the blame when it comes to committing medical malpractice onboard, but they still deserve to be held accountable for the injuries you sustained while in their care.
Do You Have a Valid Case?
Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if you have a valid medical malpractice case. The attorneys at Hickey Law Firm can help navigate you through the intricacies surrounding maritime law and laws governing medical malpractice on cruise ships. Our experienced litigators have handled numerous medical malpractice cases involving different and unique instances.
Examples of medical malpractice cases may include:
- Failure to treat
- Failure to diagnose
- Incorrect medications
Due to the nature of cruise ship medical malpractice claims, it can be hard to file a successful lawsuit without an experienced legal representative.
How Hickey Law Can Help with Your Medical Malpractice Claim
At Hickey Law Firm, our highly skilled cruise ship accident lawyers know how to pursue the compensation you deserve. While cruise lines will fight hard to deny responsibility for medical malpractice onboard, our legal experts have the experience and dedication necessary to determine liability.
If you or a loved one has been severely injured due to the negligence of any medical professional while onboard a cruise, we will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
Compensation in your case can be awarded to cover expenses related or your injuries, including:
- Current and ongoing medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice while under the care of a cruise line, we can help. Give our office a call at (855) 757-4200 to schedule your free consultation and case review. We are dedicated to helping clients in Miami, South Florida and all around the globe.