ROYAL CARIBBEAN CREWMEMBER INJURED DUE TO NEGLIGENT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Cruise Ship, Maritime and Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Miami, Florida & Nationwide

Posted: October 13, 2009

DONOSO V. ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE The following is a description of a personal injury case we have filed. This is a case involving a personal injury aboard the Splendor of the Seas, a cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. While working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line aboard the vessel, Splendor of the Seas, our client, crewmember Mr. Donoso, suffered back injuries from his work which included repetitive tasks which Royal Caribbean required Mr. Donoso to perform without support or assistance from other crew members or safety equipment, and for excessive hours, despite requests for such assistance and equipment. Mr. Donoso received medical care and treatment on December 8, 2002, but only months after he initially complained of severe pain while performing his duties on board the subject vessel. On December 8, 2002, a physician aboard the Splendor of the Seas recommended that Mr. Donoso, crewmember, seek further medical attention from Dr. Claudio Polominos at the Clinica Astra Tramatologia, in Santiago de Chile, Mr. Donoso’s home country. Dr. Polominos recommended further care and treatment and surgery. Royal Caribbean have failed and refused to provide adequate medical care or treatment. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line violated their duties under the General Maritime Law and under Common Law through their actions and conduct taken in the United States including Miami-Dade County, Florida. Royal Caribbean has a duty pursuant to the General Maritime Law to provide prompt and adequate medical care and treatment to Mr. Donoso. These duties are in addition to the duties to provide compensation for damages under the Jones Act and the doctrine of unseaworthiness. Mr. Donoso demanded that Royal Caribbean provide him with medical care and treatment he so desperately needed. Mr. Donoso received medical care and treatment in Santiago, Chile including some medical care provided by Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean owed and continues to owe to its seaman, including Mr. Donoso, maintenance and cure and prompt and adequate medical care and treatment until Mr. Donoso reaches maximum medical improvement. Royal Caribbean have provided only part of the required care, and discontinued that care before Mr. Donoso was at maximum medical improvement. As a result of Royal Caribbean’s actions in not providing medical care, Mr. Donoso’s injuries were exacerbated and he requires further additional medical care and treatment. We are fighting… for the safety and security of you and your family. Making cruise lines, other commercial facilities, and products safer and more secure, one case at a time. Call us today. All consultations are free and strictly confidential. TOLL FREE: 1.800.215.7117. See our website for information on what to do in the event of an injury on a cruise ship: www.hickeylawfirm.com. See also www.cruiseshipassault.com. The bottom line is get medical care immediately, take photos of the area where you were injured, get the names and contact information of witnesses, and report the accident or incident at once. Also, CALL HICKEY LAW FIRM, P.A., TOLL FREE AT: 1.800.215.7117. Our consultations are always free. We work on a contingency fee basis; if we don’t recover, you don’t pay. Personal injury, wrongful death, sexual assaults, and medical malpractice. This all happens on cruise ships and we have handled these types of claims for 29 years. The cruise ship industry has restricted when and where you can place a claim. Those restrictions appear in the fine print of the ticket. The ticket may also have a provision that requires you to file your claim within one year of the time cruise ship accidents occur, and they also require that claims be made in Miami, FL. Because of these limitations, it is important to have representation from an experienced attorney who can ensure you take the necessary steps in case of cruise ship accidents. Hickey Law Firm, P.A. is headed up by John H. (Jack) Hickey. Hickey was born and raised in the cruise line capital of the world, Miami, Florida. For the first 17 years of his career, Hickey represented the cruise lines and insurance companies. Now he represents you, the seriously injured, the family of a loved one who has died as a result of someone else’s negligence, the victim of a sexual assault, or the victim of medical malpractice. Hickey has testified before Congress about safety and security onboard cruise ships and claims against cruise lines. He is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a Past President of the Dade County Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. Hickey has been named by his peers as a “SUPERLAWYER” in the Superlawyer.com publication (the top 5% of all lawyers); as a “Top Lawyer in South Florida” in the areas of personal injury and maritime in the South Florida Legal Guide (2004 to present); and as a “Legal Elite” member in Florida Trend Magazine (2006) (top 1.7% of all lawyers). He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America. Hickey is rated A/V by Martindale Hubbell, the international directory of lawyers, a rating achieved by only 5% of all attorneys. CONTACT US AND SEE OUR RESULTS AT: www.hickeylawfirm.com and CALL US TOLL FREE AT 1.800.215.7117.