Legal Rights

© DonkeyHotey

© DonkeyHotey

Whenever you go on a cruise, having fun is most important. The last thing you want to do is get sick with the Norovirus.  The illness can ruin your entire vacation. At the same time, you shouldn’t have to worry about contracting a virus when enjoying a meal at your favorite restaurant. So, what are your legal rights if you contract Norovirus on your cruise ship or at a restaurant? You have legal rights against cruise ships and restaurants in the event you contract this food borne illness.

Your Legal Rights Against Cruise Ships:
A cruise ship contract outlines the necessary steps to take in the event you want to file a lawsuit. Several cruise ship contracts require that any lawsuits in relation to illness be made within six months from the date of illness. In particular, Royal Caribbean’s ticket contract states that written notice of a claim with full particulars must be submitted to the cruise line’s main office within six months of the date of the illness. The contract also specifies that any lawsuit by passengers should commence within one year from the date of illness. The process should also be served within 120 days after filing.

You can consult an attorney experienced in cruise ship injury lawsuits to advise you on the steps to take. An experienced attorney in this field will speak to you about the events that occurred, peruse your medical records, and request ticket contracts to determine a course of action. Your attorney will also provide you with all information you need, answer your questions and address your concerns to help you make a decision on whether you should pursue legal action.

Your Legal Rights Against Restaurants:
If you think that you contracted Norovirus at a restaurant, you should visit the doctor to determine the cause of your illness. If you are convinced that you became ill from eating at the restaurant, then there is a high possibility that there are other victims too. This and positive testing for Norovirus from your doctor is usually enough to substantiate your claim. A receipt or a credit a card bill showing that you ate at the restaurant will also help to prove your claim.

If the Norovirus did not have any adverse effects on you, then it may not be worth filing a claim. If however, the illness results in hospitalization and large medical bills, then contacting a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options may well be worth it. Your personal injury claim may allow you to recover the following:
• Lost income
• Medical bills
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional distress
• Out of pocket expenses

You cannot put a price tag on memories but when Norovirus has ruined your family vacation you can take steps to recover punitive damages for your unpleasant experience. The same is true in the case of restaurants, but unless Norovirus has direct adverse effects on you, you may find that it is not worth it. Nevertheless, it is up to you to decide, so make sure to contact a legal professional.

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