The majority of cruise ship passengers enjoy their holidays without suffering any adverse effects. However, some unfortunately have their excursions ruined by the norovirus – a particularly nasty illness which can cause symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea. If you are one of these people, it might be possible to claim compensation for your suffering.
The norovirus is a highly contagious stomach bug which can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms. For example, as well as experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea, you might have also suffered painful stomach cramps, headaches, and a raised temperature.
Fortunately, most norovirus cases will usually last for a few days and can be treated without any medical intervention.
However, if you have developed this condition on board a cruise ship, you might be entitled to receive damages – and any compensation awarded could go towards covering the cost of another (hopefully more enjoyable) holiday. To find out whether you could benefit through our team of solicitors, please freephone 0808 252 0678 or complete one of our online enquiry forms.
How did I catch the norovirus?
Although the norovirus is sometimes referred to as "the cruise ship virus", it is theoretically possible to develop this illness anywhere.
However, these vessels are frequently associated with the virus as it thrives whenever a large group of people are contained in a small area – meaning cruise ships are an ideal breeding ground.
According to the NHS, factors such as poor hand hygiene or eating contaminated food can cause the norovirus.
However, once someone has the illness, they can inadvertently help it to spread by sharing towels or touching surfaces.
Furthermore, as the virus can survive on these areas for days at a time, cruise ship passengers are perhaps more likely than others to develop the norovirus abroad.
Are virus outbreaks on cruise ships common?
Outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses on cruise ships – these conditions include the norovirus – appear to happen quite often. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that:
- 9 incidents occurred in 2013.
- 16 outbreaks developed in 2012.
- Between 2010 and 2011, 14 cruise ships suffered outbreaks.
Each of these incidents could have had several repercussions, such as preventing individuals from enjoying their holidays or even resulting in hospitalisation. One particularly nasty outbreak was reported on in 2014, when it was stated that the norovirus had likely affected almost 600 passengers during a cruise around the Caribbean.
As this illness had harmed nearly 20% of all customers on board the liner, those in charge of the vessel had no choice but to reportedly sail past designated stops and return home so that the ship could undergo a thorough decontamination.
Potentially, depending on the circumstances of their infection, those adversely affected by the virus might have been able to obtain norovirus cruise ship compensation.
Can I claim for a norovirus outbreak?
If you developed the norovirus on board a cruise ship, and feel you are entitled to damages, you should contact Seth Lovis & Co today so we can discuss your circumstances.
Providing your compensation claim proves successful, you could use any funds awarded to reimburse any lost earnings, treatment fees, or help cover the cost of a replacement holiday.
To find out if you could benefit through our team of solicitors, please call us, free of charge, on 0808 252 0678. Alternatively, you can get in touch though our online enquiry form.