Suffering the consequences of medical malpractice is bad enough when you are near home. Whether you are the victim of a missed diagnosis, a health care provider error, or a misread scan the effects of malpractice can be devastating. Now imagine for a moment that you go through that experience, but instead of going through it near home it happens to you on a cruise ship. You are thousands of miles from home with a very limited number of medical professionals available to you. And on top of that, your ability to recover for the malpractice after the fact is limited. It would be horrific. Fortunately, one court has finally taken a step toward fixing the problems with recovering in court after this sort ‘of injury.
Franza Argues Cruise Line’s Negligence Killed Her Father
The Los Angeles Times reported on the case, noting that the court’s ruling “may eliminate the cruise industry’s broad immunity from medical negligence lawsuits.” The case is called Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises. Patricia Franza sued Royal Caribbean over the treatment her father, Pasquale Vaglio, received from the ship’s medical staff. Mr. Vaglio hit his head while the ship Explorer of the Seas was in port in Bermuda back in 2011. The ship’s nurse saw him after the accident, but provided him with minimal treatment. The onboard doctor did not see him for four hours, and he was not airlifted to a New York hospital until the next day. He died a week later as a result of his injuries. Ms. Franza filed suit, alleging that the cruise line’s negligence caused her father’s death.