Historically, courts have held that a cruise line is not liable for the malpractice of the ship’s doctor or nurses. Passenger tickets will often purport that doctors and nurses are independent contractors for which the ship disclaims liability.
But a couple of recent Florida cases have changed the tide holding that the cruise line is liable. Judges have explained “where a ship’s physician is in the regular employment of a ship, a salaried member of the crew,” the cruise line will be held liable for the “negligent treatment of a passenger.”
If you have been injured on a Holland America or other cruise you should contact a personal injury attorney.