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Unqualified Doctors on Cruise Ships

Cruise lines are required to hire a qualified physician to work the ships’ infirmaries, but sometimes, the medical professional on board is not licensed to practice medicine in the United States or anywhere at all. Many doctors assigned on cruise ships are foreign residents and graduates from foreign medical schools, which can unfortunately put them beyond the reach of US courts in the event of an accident. There have been cases where the ship’s doctor didn’t even have a medical license.

Other Instances of Unqualified Medical Attention

Aside from foreign-trained doctors aboard cruise ships and dangerously unqualified medical professionals on-board, cruise ships have also had other problems involving healthcare:

  • Lack of up-to-date drugs
  • Lack of up-to-date or properly functioning medical equipments
  • No first-aid training for crew staff

It is troubling what passengers sometimes unknowingly agree to submit themselves to onboard a cruise ship, and if you are victim of medical malpractice due to to treatment given on a cruise ship, you should not be held financially responsible.

Contact a Miami Cruise Ship Negligence Lawyer Today

Claims against the doctors and medical staff onboard a cruise ship are complicated because cruise ships are often not liable in court for a mistake their doctor made. While it may be difficult to receive compensation for injuries based on this ruling, Louis A. Vucci, P.A., has vast experience dealing with medical negligence and malpractice cases and may fight for you. Contact Louis A. Vucci, P.A. at (786) 375-0344 to discuss your case with one of our Miami cruise ship lawyers today.