Dangers Facing Passengers in Each Port of Call

Dangers Facing Passengers in Each Port of Call

Sep 13

More than 20 million travelers (from around the world) get to enjoy the most relaxing and exciting experiences on board cruise ships every year. One cannot deny the fact that cruise ships are definitely floating cities that provide truly incredible features and amenities that can best some of the famous destinations around the world.

Since the 1980s the cruising industry has raised the standard in the cruising business, building bigger cruise ships (with passenger capacities ranging from 3000+ to 6000+) and equipping ships with everything that should make every voyage safe and perfectly enjoyable. Thus, besides the adequately equipped clinics for safety and emergency concerns, for the “fun” side of the travel, there are pool and ping pong tables, mine golf courses, basketball courts, gyms, spas, beauty salons, bars, night clubs, casinos, indoor and outdoor pools, rock-climbing walls, bumper cars, skating rinks, zip lines, jogging tracks, waterslides, a planetarium, aqua parks, cinemas, and (seriously) an endless list of others.

Not limiting the excitement onboard, cruise lines have also started introducing shore excursion (in almost every port of call), wherein passengers can enjoy: inland dining; shopping; cultural, archeological, city/ sightseeing, and wildlife and wilderness tours; parasailing; jet skiing; scuba diving; snorkeling; horseback riding; rainforest hiking; and many, many others.

But while the supply of exciting activities continues and with the very big increase in the number of travelers, concerns about the real safety of passengers still remain to be a major concern, especially for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

This safety issue also (and most especially) includes passenger safety during shore excursions and other on shore activities, which have, likewise, become sources of injuries to many passengers. Upon arrival at a particular port of call, the possible dangers that face passengers (and crew) are dock accidents, tender accidents, motor vehicle accidents, defective/malfunctioning equipment, and, inadequate security.

Due to complexity of the maritime law, it is necessary that injured passengers understand their legal options and be represented by lawyers highly competent and knowledgeable in the laws governing sea travel. The Vucci Law Group’s website, at http://www.thevuccilawgroup.com/practice-areas/cruise-ship-excursions/, will be able to provide victims with the information they need to get their case going.

The da Vinci Surgical System: Another Cause of Personal Injury

The da Vinci Surgical System: Another Cause of Personal Injury

Oct 22

Usually, when a person goes to a doctor, it is to seek treatment and remedy to an already serious ailment that has caused him/her pain and inconvenience for quite a time. A patient in any event, would always expect quality care, but more than this, the solutions to his/her health complaint.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, it is the duty of doctors and all other health professionals to render only the best care and make accurate diagnosis of their patient’s concern. When medication cannot do the job the doctor resorts to an invasive procedure to address the issue – through surgery.

Since the year 2000, medical surgery has had a major change in the performance of surgical procedures. The introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System, a multi-armed robot, for minimally-invasive surgeries has made the procedure much less painful and more bloodless (as the incisions required only tiny holes, unlike in open or traditional surgeries which required incisions as long as four inches). The wounds or incisions it made also healed faster as these required only a few stitches.

From 2000 to the middle of 2013, millions of patients around the world have already been operated on using the da Vinci device. This Intuitive Surgical Inc.-manufactured robot has also been acclaimed by surgeons due to its capability in helping them perform surgeries with greater accuracy and precision, especially prostate removal and hysterectomies.

The fame of the da Vinci, however, is marred with reports about the device’s faulty performance. According to the website of the National Injury Law Center, some of the complained injuries caused by the device include: burns/tears to the intestines; excessive bleeding; punctured blood vessels or ureters; severe injury to the bowels and death.

Though the US Food and Drug Administration has received reports about the da Vinci’s adverse events and despite the fact that it has issued a black box warning, the most serious warning the FDA can issue, it cannot recall Intuitive’s product due to conflicting reports about its actual safety and adverse effects.