Mistreatment of Crew Members: Skirting the Law

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Miami Maritime Attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey Demands the Truth from Cruise Lines

Miami and Fort Lauderdale maritime attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey has decades of experience working for and against cruise lines. He knows admiralty and maritime law inside and out, and he knows the duties and obligations cruise lines have when it comes to their crewmembers.

Contact the Hickey Law Firm, P.A. by calling (855) 375-3727 today for a free, no obligation consultation if you were a crewmember on a cruise ship and you were injured in a cruise ship accident or a cruise ship assault.

To the Cruise Lines:

Is it true that you, the cruise line, under maritime law, have an obligation to provide medical care to injured crewmembers until they reach a plateau in their healing (known as maximum medical improvement)?

Is it true that there have been instances when the treating doctor in the crewmember’s home country – usually in a third world country – has recommended surgery or other important medical care, and the cruise lines have used their doctors in Miami to provide a report that says that the crewmember did not need the surgery, without even seeing the patient?

Is it true that there have been instances when the treating doctor in the crewmember’s home country – usually a third world country – has recommended surgery or other important medical care, and the cruise line’s representative, who is paid by the cruise line, has called and talked to the doctor, and within days and without seeing the patient again, the treating doctor has changed his or her opinion and has prepared a different report.

Is it true that the cruise lines have delayed or denied surgery or other medical care to its crewmembers?

Is it true that the cruise lines have required that the crew members communicate with the “ship’s agent” in the crewmember’s home country and that later the cruise line has denied that it has received any requests for medical care? And that the “agent” was not a cruise line employee after all and did not communicate any such requests to the cruise line, because that “agent” got paid for, among other things, bringing crewmembers to the cruise line and taking care of “problems” (and an injured crew member is a “problem”)?

Is it true that there are occasions when the insurance companies for the cruise lines, the Protection and Indemnity Clubs, will advise the ship’s agent to offer a settlement to the crewmembers who are living in third world countries directly, even where the crewmembers are represented by maritime lawyers, therefore going behind the backs of the crewmember’s own legal counsel?