Crew member claim against Royal Caribbean results in $1.9 million verdict

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 5:25 pm    

Attorney Louis Vucci of Louis A. Vucci P.A., recently represented Teresa Di Trapani, a former Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. crew member, after Trapani claimed that the company failed to provide prompt and adequate medical care in relation to her kidney failure.

Specifically, Trapani alleged that the company failed to perform proper diagnostic testing after she sought treatment for hypertension and proteinuria, which can be early indicators of kidney failure. When her conditioned worsened, she sought treatment while the cruise ship was docked in Portugal, though she was not accompanied by a dock agent, and, when neither she nor the on-board physicians could read the Portuguese notes on her medical charts, she was sent to her room to rest. Two days later, she had to be taken to the hospital in Spain where she was diagnosed with blood clots in her right kidney.

Even when she was able to return home to Canada several months later, Trapani had to undergo a partial nephrectomy to remove a tumor in her kidney.

Though the procedure was successful, Trapani suffered additional complications that were directly related to this procedure. On top of the considerable costs associated with her care, Trapani also lost a considerable amount of income from the cruise liner as she could not to return to work.

At Louis A. Vucci P.A., we are pleased to announce that a jury in Miami has ruled in favor of Trapani and awarded her a $1.9 million verdict.