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Cruise Ship Illness Outbreak

An illness outbreak on board a cruise ship can be an extremely distressing disruption to your holiday. Year after year many holidaymakers take their holidays on board a cruise ship and look forward to a trip that has often been planned months in advance and has come at a significant cost. When these eagerly anticipated holidays are damaged by a cruise ship illness outbreak, the passengers who have become ill have to pay the price with a ruined holiday and potentially further financial implications on returning home.

Unfortunately, cruise ships, if not properly sanitised and maintained provide a contained environment where bacteria and viruses can spread easily. If an illness does outbreak on board ship, those who have contracted the illness may be forced to stay in their rooms for a period of time in order to decrease the risk of the illness spreading. Spending your cruise holiday inside your cabin is an unpleasant experience when you had high hopes for a holiday above deck in the glorious sunshine.

Can I make a compensation claim?

If you or someone you know has fallen ill following a cruise ship illness outbreak, Holiday Claims, a service provided by Irwin Mitchell may be able to help you. We have successfully secured considerable compensation for clients in similar circumstances and may be able to support your claim. Our team of specialist solicitors have expertise in this area and are on hand to look at your case individually and professionally. If you have contracted an illness as a result of the negligence of a cruise liner, contact us today for a initial free consultation.

What type of illnesses can I claim for?

Below are some of the most common illness outbreaks that occur on board cruise ships, however if your experience does not fall into one of these common categories, it does not mean you are ineligible to make a claim. If you have fallen ill as a result of an illness outbreak on board a cruise and it was not your fault, contact one of the team and see if we can help you secure compensation.

Gastro-Intestinal Illnesses

An outbreak of gastro-intestinal illnesses on board a cruise ship can have severe implications.

Food poisoning is one of the most common causes of gastro-intestinal illnesses on board a cruise ship. If food or drink has been substandard during your cruise and as a result you or someone you know has experienced food poisoning, it can truly ruin your holiday.

Gastro–intestinal illnesses may result from bacterial illnesses such as salmonella, campylobacter and shigella. You may have experienced this type of food poisoning and, as a result may still be suffering from the effects after returning from your cruise. We have successfully concluded many cases such as this and may be able to help you make a compensation claim. Contact us today for  your initial free advice and the opportunity to rectify your situation following an illness on board a cruise.  

If the illness spreads due to inadequate sanitisation on board a ship, you may be exposed to viruses, such as norovirus, that can cause illness on board ship. Viruses such as norovirus are notoriously linked to cruise ships and are often spread through hand to hand contact. The most common complaints of this type of virus include vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, stomach cramps and dehydration. These viruses can be highly contagious bugs and when contained to an environment such as a cruise ship, have the potential to spread.   

Respiratory Illnesses

The spread of respiratory illnesses on board a cruise ship is possible if the vessel is not properly disinfected or maintained. If you contract a respiratory illness on board a cruise ship, your holiday is likely to be severely disrupted and may result in further financial implications. If you or someone you know has been exposed to a contagious virus outbreak and have fallen ill as a result, we may be able to support a claim for you.

If you have been exposed to a cruise ship illness outbreak and fallen ill as a result of third party negligence, it may be possible for you to make a claim for compensation. We have an expert team of solicitors who will look at each case individually and assess whether you have a viable claim and advise you as to whether you can claim for such illness on a no win no fee basis. There may however be a time limit on when you can make your claim, so get in touch with us immediately for an initial free consultation.

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