CruiseCritic reports that a passenger whose husband died after contracting Legionnaires’ Disease during a cruise aboard Fred Olsen Lines’ Black Watch (who would name a cruise ship, Black Watch?) received a settlement after three years of litigation.
Audrey Heath, from the U.K. sailed with her husband, Robert Heath, on the Fred Olsen cruise ship when a number of passengers were affected by the illness while onboard. The cruise line ended the cruise early, Mr. Heath went to see his local doctor, who performed no tests, and sent Mr. Heath home with antibiotics. He died at home the next day.
An inquest ruled that the cruise line exposed Mr. Heath to Legionnaires’ Disease, and his doctors failed to provide appropriate medical treatment or admit him to a hospital. Following the decree relating his death to Legionnaires aboard the cruise ship – the cruise line and shoreside doctors agreed to a settlement.
Ms. Heath received a £70k settlement (a little over $100,000), a small amount for wrongful death by U.S. standards.
The Fred Olsen Lines are in the press quite a bit for many cases of norovirus, which also can be traced to improper cleaning protocols on the cruise ships.
We have written about Legionnaires’ Disease in prior blogs:
Black Watch cruise ship photograph Milford Haven Port Authority website