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Cruise Ship Attorney Covid-19 Crew Members - Isaacs and Isaacs If you’ve been infected with COVID-19 as a crewmember aboard a cruise ship, your illness may be linked to the cruise operator failing to properly protect you. A negligence lawsuit may be your strongest road forward to recover payments needed for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Isaacs and Isaacs will assemble a team of experienced cruise ship injury lawyers that will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.

A Jones Act attorney will navigate the complex web of maritime law, identify where international laws take precedent and hold cruise lines accountable for decisions made during the coronavirus outbreak. The goal: to help you win the settlement or judgment you deserve for illness or injuries that should have been prevented.

For immediate help with a cruise ship lawsuit, start a free review of your important personal injury claim by calling Isaacs and Isaacs at 800-800-8888, filling out our consultation form, or initiating the chat on this page. We’ve been helping victims of negligence for over 25 years. Get started with us today.

Winning Compensation with a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer

The team of cruise ship injury attorneys at Isaacs and Isaacs take personal injury claims from cruise line crew members very seriously. When we represent you in a case, our job is to prove that you have been harmed as a direct result of cruise line operator negligence and that you deserve to be compensated for the financial damages you’ve endured which may include:

  • Cost of Medical Bills for hospitalization, surgical procedures, rehabilitation, and additional costs
  • Lost Wages when you were physically not able to work
  • Lost Future Income if you continue to miss out on job opportunities like accepting a longer contract at sea
  • Pain and Suffering you may endure as a result of the virus or other injuries
  • Loss of Companionship if you are suing on behalf of a loved one who has died as a result of COVID-19 or other injuries
  • Punitive Damages that are meant to punish those at fault for causing preventable harm

Keep in mind that important deadlines exist — known as the statute of limitations — to file a lawsuit leading to a financial recovery. We encourage all crew members harmed by COVID-19 to take quick action to protect your case.

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“With all of the information around the world about COVID and how dangerous it is and how people are dying around the world, I was a little surprised that no one was taking precautions. No masks, no screenings.”Alexandra Nedeltcheva, Celebrity Apex Crew Member


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Crew Members on Cruise Ships Hit Hard By Covid-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified a growing number of crew member disembarkations linked to COVID-19 cases. Some of the major cruise lines named by the CDC include:

  • Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Virgin Voyages

Responding to the global pandemic, the CDC also published a cruise industry No Sail Order on March 14, first designed to prevent passengers from boarding cruising vessels. The order was extended on April 15, 2020, meant to suspend all cruise liners from operating in waters under United States jurisdiction.

“Among other things, cruise lines are required to develop comprehensive plans to prevent, detect, respond to, and contain COVID-19 on their cruise ships to protect the health and safety of both passengers and crew.”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Negligence of Cruise Lines In Responding to COVID-19


A recently filed class-action cruise ship lawsuit from over 1,000 employees of Celebrity Cruises makes the allegation that the cruise operator failed to protect crew members, even though they had knowledge of the harm being inflicted by coronavirus. The legal complaint notes that operators even allowed crew to continue eating at buffets, attend crew parties and report for mandatory muster station drills. This all points to negligence.

The most popular reason civil lawsuits move forward involves some type of negligence. When negligence is pursued for cruise ship lawsuits it means:

  • Cruise Lines Owe a Duty of Ordinary Care – Certain standards must be upheld to protect crewmembers. For example: an ordinary care may involve the cruise operators providing proper protective gear to crew members in order to ward off exposure to coronavirus.
  • Cruise Industry Operators Breached that Duty of Ordinary Care – If they failed to take action to protect crew from COVID-19 or other preventable injuries and illnesses, that’s a breach of the standards they have agreed to uphold.
  • The Breach by the Cruise Lines Caused Harm to a Crewmember – If the cruise ships took certain precautions or avoided certain practices in order to protect crew members, harm could have been prevented. But they did not, and therefore, crew members became sick or injured.
  • The Harm Caused By the Cruise Lines Caused Monetary Harm – If COVID-19 or other injuries resulted in large medical costs, loss of income, emotional and physical pain and suffering and even disability, then you have been harmed.

The well-versed cruise injury attorneys assembled by Isaacs and Isaacs will pursue justice and compensation in these types of negligence cases involving maritime laws.

Jones Act Lawyers for Cruise Line Crew Members

Among the many laws that were created to protect crew members, The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as The Jones Act, is the main statute. It saw an official revision in 2006 and allows crew members to bring a legal claim against cruise ship operators or other employers for negligence under the following provision:


“A seaman injured in the course of employment or, if the seaman dies from the injury, the personal representative of the seaman may elect to bring a civil action at law, with the right of trial by jury, against the employer. Laws of the United States regulating recovery for personal injury to, or death of, a railway employee apply to an action under this section.”46 U.S. Code § 30104. Personal injury to or death of seamen

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How a Jones Act Attorney Argues Your Cruise Ship Lawsuit

A Jones Act Law Firm makes it their priority to monitor the many COVID-19 employee lawsuits that are now being launched. When lawyers represent crew members who have suffered injury and illness, they seek to demonstrate that cruise ships failed to provide a safe place to work, even as they continued to place crew members in harm’s way. The goal is to reach the maximum settlement in your case so that you are restored and made whole in the eyes of the law.

Please visit our COVID-19 page for more CDC resources and information on how we can help you during this challenging, but critical time.

Common Cruise Ship Lawsuits by Crew Members

Lawsuits initiated by crew members against cruise ships happen with some degree of regularity. Beyond the major developments of COVID-19 crew member lawsuits, some of the more popular actions brought by employees, contractors and their families against cruise lines include:

  • Acts of Violence
  • Injuries due to accidents, unsafe conditions, heavy lifting and repetitive tasks
  • Medical negligence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Wrongful Death

Common Cruise Ship Lawsuit FAQs


Can Cruise Ship Employees Sue a Cruise Line?

Yes, certain maritime laws, including The Jones Act, allow crew members to bring legal action against their employers for wrongdoing that has led to harm.


What Is The Jones Act?

Originally known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, The Jones Act is a 2006 update now codified as 46 U.S.C. § 30104. It marked a formalization of the rights of seaman and allows them to bring legal claims against cruise ship operators for negligence or unseaworthiness of a vessel.


How Does a Crew Member Begin a Lawsuit Against a Cruise Ship Operator?

The lawsuit process begins by filing a legal complaint against those accused of wrongdoing. A cruise ship injury attorney will typically start by providing a free review of the merits of the claims so that all parties can be on the same page before initiating legal action.

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We Work On Contingency for Cruise Ship Cases

Our attorneys for cruise ship lawsuits work on a contingency fee basis. This is the popular “no win, no fee” model used for many personal injury cases. If we do not win your case, you will not be responsible for paying attorneys fees or costs. We are willing to put it all on the line for you to give you the best chance possible against the major insurance giants that bat for the cruise lines.

To get started on your important case, give attorney Darryl Isaacs – The Hammer – and the team at Isaacs and Isaacs a call 24/7 at 800-800-8888, fill out our case form or start a chat on this page. We’re here to support you and your loved ones every step of the way and get you the justice and the financial relief you deserve.

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