Medical Malpractice: Can I Hold a Cruise Line Liable?

February 27, 2015

Updating a blog post we brought you last month, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected an appeal from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to revisit a previous ruling that allows cruise passengers to sue lines for medical malpractice.

According to, none of the judges on the 11th Circuit voted in support of reconsideration. Because of this, Royal Caribbean will have to take its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. A representative for the company said that it is still weighing its legal options.

As we reported previously, an earlier ruling by the United States Appellate Court made it far easier for injured passengers to file lawsuits against cruise lines for medical malpractice. The case that resulted in this ruling involved a man who suffered a head injury after falling on a vessel and sought medical attention at the ship’s hospital.

After seeking medical attention, the man fell into a coma and died. His family then filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, which initially rejected it, saying that maritime law provided immunity to cruise lines when it came to medical malpractice cases.

Thankfully, however, the appeals court overturned this ruling.

Working with an Attorney on a Medical Malpractice Claim

This continues the string of good news for tourists in Florida, following the appeals court decision to allow them to seek compensation for cruise ship medical malpractice. This will allow cruise line passengers to move forward with claims, if they are injured by poor medical care provided on a vessel.

Keep in mind, our attorneys hold negligent doctors and healthcare providers liable. To see how we have been successful in other personal injury cases, review our verdicts and settlements page.



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