Debi and Jason Chalik at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers continue their fight to protect the health and well-being of cruise ship passengers. The firm is representing a group of plaintiffs who claim a major cruise carrier was negligent in their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs claim the carrier was negligent by allowing passengers to board cruise ships where previous passengers tested positive for COVID-19.
The lawsuit for Debi Chalik is personal. Her parents were passengers aboard one of the cruise ships that was held out at sea for several days while authorities determined where the pandemic ship should dock. Debi explains, “When I found out their ship was coming back early because of an outbreak of COVID-19, I was really enraged, very upset about the way everything was handled.”
Debi is also representing a group of plaintiffs who were aboard another ship operated by the same carrier as her parents’ ship. In this case, Debi said the carrier involved in the suit, “certainly had the knowledge that this was very dangerous,” Chalik said. “They dealt with the outbreak in Asia with the Diamond Princess.” Eight people died on that ship, and more than 700 tested positive for the coronavirus in early February.”
Lawsuits against major cruise lines can be complicated. The COVID-19 lawsuits are even more complicated as there isn’t a true precedent to follow. With so much unknown of the COVID-19 virus, all parties will be navigating uncharted waters as the lawsuits proceed.
Advocate Capital, Inc is proud to partner and support personal injury law firms like Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers in their relentless fight to hold major Cruise Lines accountable. We previously shared Chalik’s success against one of the largest cruise lines in the world. For more information on that case, click here.
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