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Now the lawsuits begin. Passengers suing cruise line over COVID-19 death

PHOTO: Michael Dorety and his wife Susan Dorety. Susan is suing Princess Cruise Lines for their role in Michael contracting and dying from COVID-19.

PortandTerminal.com, April 18, 2020

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 LOS ANGELES, CA – More than 1,500 people on Carnival’s cruise ships have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and dozens have died.

A Texas woman is now suing Princess Cruise Lines, which is owned by Carnival Corp, for knowingly exposing her and her husband to the new coronavirus and for preventing her husband from leaving the ship while his health deteriorated, leading him to ultimately die alone days later in a California hospital. 

What happened?

Michael Dorety and his wife Susan Dorety.
PHOTO: Michael Dorety and his wife Susan Dorety. Susan is suing Princess Cruise Lines for their role in Michael contracting and dying from COVID-19.

On Feb. 21, Susan Dorety and her husband Michael, a retired firefighter, of Crowley, Texas, boarded the Grand Princess cruise ship in San Francisco to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Little did they know that some passengers who had COVID-19 symptoms had just disembarked while more than 60 others were allowed to remain on-board after they had been exposed to the virus. 

READ: Cruise ship off San Francisco riddled with coronavirus. 21 cases so far.

Four days after the Doretys boarded, Princess Cruise Lines emailed the previous passengers who were no longer on the ship, alerting them that they had been exposed to the dangerous virus. But there was no warning to the new passengers including the Doretys.  

(Carnival) leadership, including Arnold Donald (Carnival Corp CEO), all knew about the scale of the coronavirus outbreak. At least seven more of the company’s ships at sea have become virus hot spots, resulting in more than 1,500 positive infections and at least 39 fatalities.

Bloomberg News, April 16, 2020

“It is shocking to me that a cruise line that had just discharged coronavirus-infected passengers took on board a new group of passengers to then mingle with others who had been exposed. Princess had notice of the dangers, the Doretys did not,” said Rusty Hardin of Rusty Hardin & Associates of Houston, who represents Mrs. Dorety. 

In addition, when a crew member with COVID-19 symptoms left the Grand Princess in Hawaii, there still was no alert to passengers. Mrs. Dorety says she and her husband would have disembarked there had they known about the risks to their health. 

READ: Americans evacuated from virus-hit cruise ship

“The behavior of Princess Cruise Lines is all the more outrageous because just a few weeks earlier, one of their ships had a coronavirus outbreak infecting 700 people while docked in Japan,” said Mr. Hardin. “This cruise line company put money ahead of its passengers’ well-being, and it cost Michael Dorety his life.”   

“The behavior of Princess Cruise Lines is all the more outrageous because just a few weeks earlier, one of their ships had a coronavirus outbreak infecting 700 people while docked in Japan,

Rusty Hardin of Rusty Hardin & Associates of Houston, who represents Mrs. Dorety. 

After two weeks on the cruise, passengers were placed in quarantine off the California coast, and Mr. Dorety fell ill. Mrs. Dorety called the ship’s emergency line multiple times, but no one responded. Her husband became weak and was shivering and feverish as his health deteriorated. A ship’s doctor came at last, giving him Tylenol and Tamiflu, but the couple was not advised until later that they could leave the ship for medical treatment. 

© Josh Edelson/Afp Via Getty Images The Grand Princess cruise ship passes under the Golden Gate Bridge as it heads in to shore in San Francisco, California on March 09, 2020.
© Josh Edelson/Afp Via Getty Images The Grand Princess cruise ship passes under the Golden Gate Bridge as it heads in to shore in San Francisco, California on March 09, 2020.

Mr. Dorety died in an Oakland hospital days later with no family by his side. Mrs. Dorety, meanwhile, also contracted Covid-19.  

READ: Coronavirus cruise ship docks at Port of Oakland

The lawsuit, filed April 14, seeks damages for negligence, gross negligence and for other unlawful acts. Other members of the Rusty Hardin & Associates team are Ryan Higgins, Daniel Dutko and Leah Graham. Serving as local counsel in California are Gerald Singleton and J. Ross Peabody of the Singleton Law Firm of San Diego. 

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The lawsuit is Susan Dorety individually and on behalf of the estate of Michael Dorety vs. Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd., Case No. 2:20-cv-02458, in the Central District of U.S. District Court of California.  

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