Are You A Victim of Contamination Illness Aboard a Disney Cruise Ship? Madalon Law Can Help

A cruise ship is nothing less than a floating city. And like any city, it requires clean drinking water, proper sanitation, adequate sewer and carefully handled food.

Throughout cities around the world, a lapse in one of the above-mentioned categories has lead to outbreaks of viruses, rapid growth of bacteria, and the spreading of diseases that can decimate a population.

Every year, Miami Disney cruise ship accident lawyers handle cases where a lack of attention paid by the staff and crew has led to the injury and illness of their passengers. These cases involve food poisoning, bed bug outbreaks, legionnaires’ disease, and a host of other threats.

Cruise lines are expected to maintain a safe and secure living environment for their guests and when they fail to do so, they do so negligently, which should not go unpunished.

Food Poisoning

Our Disney cruise ship accident attorneys in Miami believe that many cases of food poisoning could have been avoided had staff and crew not been negligent in their actions.

Day in and day out, cruise lines provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to all of their guests. Fine dining, casual eats, and decadent desserts line the tables of the dining rooms with chefs crafting well thought out meals for each occasion.

However, all that food has to be handled by a variety of people before it reaches your plate, and must be stored properly to maintain a level of freshness and cleanliness.

The CDC reports that each year approximately 48 million people are affected by a foodborne illness, with 128,000 being hospitalized and 3000 dying due to the complications.

Researchers have identified more than 250 foodborne diseases that range in severity from a mild upset stomach to full blown poisoning that can result in death. More often than not, improper handling and storage are the main culprits for the contamination.

Common Sources of Food Poisoning

Here in Miami, Disney cruise ship accident lawsuits involving foodborne illnesses are typically filed because of some common causes of the illnesses. As we’ve stated before, just because they are common instances does not mean they are expected and reasonable.

Any type of negligence or improper techniques that lead to passengers being afflicted with a foodborne illness are serious and need to be addressed by a qualified attorney.

Some of these common sources include but are not limited to:

  • More commonly known as the stomach flu, norovirus affects hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people every year. Symptoms include severe nausea, profuse vomiting, and frequent diarrhea. These symptoms typically lead to severe dehydration and in severe cases can cause internal organ damage. It is spread when infected people handle food, contaminating it with the virus that is likely on their hands. The virus is then consumed by the patron when eating their meals and infects them as well. 
  • This foodborne virus affects millions of people each year, causing a variety of problems like diarrhea, prolonged vomiting, bloody stools, fever, abdominal cramping, and dehydration. Most often spread by mixing raw meats with other food items, simple storage and handling techniques can prevent salmonella from spreading. However, when proteins such as chicken, pork and beef come in contact with foods that will be served raw such as vegetable and fruits, the disease easily spreads rapidly.
  • Perfringens. Clostridium Perfringens is a spore forming bacteria that grows rapidly on raw meats, gravies, and dried or precooked foods. Afflicting the infected with nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and malaise, this bacterium is common in large serving areas. Food that is kept warm for long periods such as in a cafeteria setting are well known to grow and harbor this bacterium, making it easily contracted on cruise lines.

Contracting a foodborne illness due to poor handling and storage by crew members is a sure sign of negligence and Disney cruise ship accident lawsuit lawyers in Miami are ready to fight for you.

Fight for Your Rights

No one who is afflicted with a foodborne illness while aboard a cruise ship should ever have to suffer alone.

Madalon law has a team of Disney cruise ship accident lawsuit attorneys in Miami ready to handle your case and find you the justice and compensation you deserve for suffering at the hands, coughs, and poor choices of others.

Contact us today to find out what options are available to you if you have been a victim of foodborne illnesses or other forms of injury while aboard a Disney cruise ship.