Cruise Ship Passenger Sues After Being Stranded in a Foreign Hospital

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A passenger is suing Carnival Cruises Australia for $750,000 after being left in a foreign hospital with a head injury, and without his wallet and passport. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the passenger, Graham Welsh, 55, was four days into a 13-day cruise from Sydney, Australia to Fiji when some roof panels and lights in a hallway aboard the ship fell on him.

Welsh suffered a minor brain injury as a result of the accident. Shortly after the accident, Welsh began vomiting and suffering headaches. It was then that the ship’s doctor recommended that Welsh disembark at the next port, Suva, Fiji, and go to a hospital for further testing and treatment.

“They took me down the gang-plank and stuck me in a cab,” Welsh told the court. “I was surprised, because no one accompanied me [to the hospital]. No one was assisting me, and I didn’t know what to do.”

The only things Welsh was carrying with him when he was put in that cab were his credit card and a book. The next day, after Welsh was released from the hospital, he tried to board the ship but was blocked by the crew, who said he did not have the correct pass. He was finally able to board the ship after a fellow traveler intervened on his behalf.

People go on cruises to relax, not to suffer injuries through no fault of their own and be left to fend for themselves in a foreign land. Not only was this man left without his wallet and passport in a place he did not know, but he also had just suffered a head injury and was sent on his way without any accompaniment. That type of treatment is inexcusable.

Our Miami cruise ship lawyers will fight for you if you are suffering because of a cruise ship accident. For more than three decades, we have been defending the rights of cruise ship injury victims. Our attorneys know how to hold those at fault accountable and recover the compensation you and your family needs to move on with your lives.

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Did You Know?: Traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor to 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

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