Man Sues Carnival and Cruise Ship Doctor for Negligence Alleging Refused Treatment

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  • A man who sailed on the Carnival Freedom in February 2016 is now suing the company.
  • He claims that a ship doctor refused him necessary medication during his voyage.
  • The ship’s doctor, Catalina Carvajal, M.D., is also named in the suit.

A man who sailed with Carnival Cruise Lines in 2016 is suing the company, claiming that its medical staff refused to help him.

In February 2016 Samir Gharfeh was on a cruise aboard the Carnival Freedom when he began to suffer abdominal pain. At the time, he was traveling with his son, who is a physician. According to a complaint filed by Gharfeh earlier this month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, Gharfeh’s son contacted the medical desk of the cruise ship and asked for antibiotics to help treat his father’s diverticulitis.

The complaint alleges that Carnival Cruise Line and Catalina Carvajal, M.D. negligently refused to provide Gharfeh with the medication he needed, resulting in personal injury. The suit claims that Carnival and Catalina Carvajal, M.D. acted negligently in refusing him the medication.

The suit seeks damages and interest, legal fees, and any other relief provided for by the court.