When you get sick or injured on a cruise ship, you are usually far away from familiar, land-based medical care. You instead must be treated by doctors, nurses, and other medical staff on board the cruise ship.
Most cruise ships are equipped to handle a decent variety of common medical issues. But what if you receive poor medical care while on board a ship? What if a doctor incorrectly diagnoses your illness, or makes your injuries worse? Can you hold the staff and the cruise line responsible?
Medical Malpractice on Cruise Ships: How Does It Work?
Many cruise ships excel when it comes to exotic destinations, dazzling amenities, and world-class cuisine—but when it comes to medical care, they’re decidedly less impressive.
If you are planning on taking a cruise vacation, falling ill or getting injured probably isn’t part of your ideal itinerary. Unfortunately, illnesses and accidents do occur on ships, where unique health and accident risks abound and diseases can easily spread.