Update: Texas Woman Sues Princess Cruises After Husband Dies of COVID-19
A woman from Texas whose husband died of coronavirus has filed a lawsuit against Princess Cruises alleging that she and her spouse were allowed on board the Grand Princess even though the crew knew they’d be exposed to the virus, according to the New York Post. Plaintiff Susan Dorety and her husband, Michael Dorety, boarded the Grand Princess in San Francisco on February 21 to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Earlier that day, at least 2 passengers infected with COVID-19 disembarked from the ship while more than 60 people who they exposed remained on board, the complaint states.
Michael soon thereafter began showing symptoms of coronavirus, and Susan called an emergency line multiple times, but never got the help her husband needed. He was finally taken to a hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19, and “spent days suffering in agony,” his wife claims. Tragically, Michael died alone, with his wife and children listening over the phone “as the doctor counted down Michael Dorety’s heartbeats until he was gone,” according to the lawsuit.
What’s the Problem?
Nearly half of the 712 Diamond Princess passengers and crew who tested positive for the novel Coronavirus were asymptomatic at the time they were tested, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency said that the high rate of asymptomatic cases may partly explain the high rate of Coronavirus infection among cruise ship passengers and crew.
Traces of the Coronavirus were found “on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted,” CDC said.
Grand Princess Quarantined in Coronavirus Outbreak
The CDC report also detailed the Grand Princess, the other ship in Princess Cruise Line’s fleet which was quarantined for days at Pier 27 of the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal in San Francisco, California. Of the 469 people with available test results on that ship, 78 — or 17% — of them tested positive for Coronavirus, according to the CDC.
“The Diamond Princess and Grand Princess had more than 800 total Covid-19 cases, including 10 deaths,” CDC said.
Deaths From Coronavirus Cruise Ship: NBC News Video
Princess Cruise Fleet
Princess Cruise Lines owns and operates the following ships:
- Coral Princess
- Crown Princess
- Diamond Princess
- Emerald Princess
- Golden Princess
- Grand Princess
- Island Princess
- Majestic Princess
- Pacific Princess
- Regal Princess
- Royal Princess
- Ruby Princess
- Sapphire Princess
- Sea Princess
- Star Princess
- Sun Princess
Why You Need To Act Now
Most Princess Cruise passenger contracts require written notice to be filed with the cruise line within 6 months of the incident, and lawsuits to be filed within 1 year from the date of the injury. If you feel you were exposed to Coronavirus on a Princess Cruise Ship, contact our lawyers now to learn more about your legal rights. Waiting to do so could bar you from filing a claim seeking damages for your injuries.
Do I Have a Diamond Princess Lawsuit?
The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Diamond Princess Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Coronavirus cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one were exposed to the Coronavirus on a Princess Cruise, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.