Five People Suing Disney Cruise Line After Allegedly Catching COVID-19

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In these days and times, COVID-19 lawsuits are becoming quite the norm. Schrier Law Group is here to represent you should one need representation regarding the virus. In recent news, three Utahns and two Arizonians are suing Disney Cruise Line after they claimed that they contracted the coronavirus while onboard the Disney Fantasy ship in March 2020.

Four lawsuits have been filed in a federal court in Orlando, Florida, nearly a year after all five tourists were aboard the cruise ship. All of them said they contracted the virus and began feeling sick.


Disney’s Reaction

In a statement shared with the media, Disney Cruise Line spokesperson Cynthia Martinez says, “We disagree with the allegations and will respond to them in court. No guests or Crew reported symptoms of Covid-19 while aboard the Disney Fantasy during the March 7, 2020, sailing. Disney Cruise Line communicated health and safety information with guests in advance of and during their sailing and had numerous protocols in place at the time.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Utah resident Kailee Taylor says that she was traveling with family members that suffered from autoimmune diseases and compromised health conditions placing them at greater risk of contracting and suffering from the effects of COVID-19.

Because of this, the lawsuit says Taylor contacted Disney Cruise Line to cancel or postpone her cruise but was told she could not, despite the COVID-19 concerns. Left without any option and having trusted Disney Cruise Line would not place her in harm’s way, she embarked on the cruise line’s vessel on March 7, 2020, according to her lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Taylor contracted COVID-19 while aboard the ship and began suffering symptoms of the virus as a result of Disney’s careless conduct.


Another Lawsuit Filed

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Scott and Jana Olson of Utah, says their child, who had an unspecified autoimmune disease, had to be taken to a hospital intensive care unit in mid-March with a high fever and difficulty breathing. On May 1st, the lawsuit says the child tested positive for COVID-19, as did the parents.

The lawsuits allege Disney Cruise Line knew of the virus and its contagiousness, as well as its effects, before the March cruise, but negligently exposed the victims to COVID-19. The cruise line is also accused of not enacting quarantine or physical distancing measures aboard the ship.

Disney says its buffet line was closed on March 12, 2020.

The plaintiffs allege Disney Cruise Line was or should have been aware of a memorandum from the CDC that outlined guidance for ships at the onset of the pandemic. The lawsuit continues, saying Disney, like other cruise ships, received “an early, dire warning” of how easily the virus can spread on ocean liners after the first cases emerged aboard another vessel in Yokohama Harbor, Japan.

The lawsuits accuse Disney Cruise Line of negligent failure to warn of the dangers of COVID-19 aboard the ship and general negligence.

Disney Cruise Line shared an email sent to all guests on March 7, 2020, sailing received ahead of their cruise, that reads in part:

“Information continues to evolve quickly and we are closely following guidance from health officials and authorities in the ports of call we visit. As always, your health and safety, as well as that of our crew, is our primary focus. We are also committed to keeping you informed and updated, and are happy to address any questions you have in advance of your cruise and once you’re onboard.”

The email goes on to outline guidelines for those onboard, including temperature checks, screening for symptoms, extensive cleaning, and, if applicable, prohibiting guests to disembark in any Bahamian port if they had been to China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran in the 20 days before arrival. All four of those countries were the hardest hit by the virus at the time.

A future court date has not yet been set.

The Schrier Law Group is ready to handle any coronavirus / COVID-19 case and Schrier Law has the resources necessary to help you and your family score a successful outcome. It is important that you have your rights defended by someone who knows the law. Contact the Schrier Law Group for a personal injury attorney in Florida today!

“Ethan’s Law” Named for Sarasota Boy Killed in Boating Accident

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In November, a tragic situation occurred when a Sarasota, Florida youth sailor was fatally slashed by a spinning boat propeller after his coach triggered the throttle and the boy tumbled overboard.

Ten-year-old Ethan Isaacs’ death has led to a wrongful death lawsuit by his family and a proposed bill in his name called “Ethan’s Law,” authored by Sarasota state Rep. Fiona McFarland.

The proposed legislation would require the pilots of boats less than 26 feet long to wear a kill switch device that automatically shuts off the engine if the operator is thrown overboard. Seven other states have similar laws in place, and the U.S. Coast Guard will adopt the same rule in 2021. It is wrongful death boating accidents just like this one that Schrier Law Group takes on.

Who Was Ethan, and What Happened

Ethan, a sixth-grader at Pine View School for the Gifted in Osprey, was taking part in a Sarasota Youth Sailing Inc. sail practice when his boat capsized. His coach, 18-year-old Riley Baugh, came to his aid in a 20-foot Caribe Nautica inflatable powerboat.

Baugh was bailing water out of Ethan’s boat when he accidentally struck the throttle, causing the boat to lurch forward and throw him overboard. The steel propeller fatally wounded Ethan and hurt two other youth sailors.

McFarland was approached by Ethan’s parents shortly after his death and together they created the bill to address boating safety issues that could prevent future tragedies from occurring.

What Does the Bill Entail

Rep. McFarland has received wide support for the bill. She worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, boat owners associations, boat manufacturers, and other marine safety stakeholders to craft the bill’s language.


“Whenever there’s a tragedy, particularly when a young child dies, you always wonder what could have been done to prevent it from happening,” McFarland said. “I’m honored to be working with the Issacs family to make the Florida waterways safer.”

Florida regularly ranks as the number one state for boating accidents and fatalities, according to recent government reports. There have been 95 formal reports of accidents involving a boat operator falling overboard, 79 that resulted in someone injured or killed, according to McFarland.

The legislation would allow the FWC and law enforcement officers on waterways to enforce the same rules that the Coast Guard follows at the federal level: ensuring boaters are wearing their engine cutoff switch lanyard or have an operational wireless kill switch.

Boat manufacturers have been federally required to equip new vessels with an engine cutoff switch since 2018.

The Lawsuit

A little over a month after Ethan’s death in November, Tampa-based personal injury attorneys filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of the Isaacs.

The 22-page complaint filed in Sarasota County circuit court blames SYS and Baugh for negligence, poor training, and a lack of supervision that ultimately cost Ethan his life.

Baugh is believed to be the only coach in charge of the Optimist Green Fleet that Ethan was a member of along with 15 other youth sailors.

According to the suit, Ethan was training with the Green Fleet, a collection of youth sailors who met prerequisites set by SYS to sail Optimist sailing vessels on open water. The Optimist, also called an opti, is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy about the size of a bathtub.

They launched in choppy but navigable waters under the supervision of Baugh, who was certified as a Small Boat Instructor Level 2 by U.S. Sailing in January 2020. He holds CPR and First Aid certifications. Baugh also has a ‘‘SafeSport certification’ to promote a safe and positive environment free from abuse and misconduct.

The complaint said Baugh’s boat was equipped with a fully operational emergency outboard engine stop switch, stop-switch key, and accompanying lanyard. The kill-switch key allows electricity to flow to the engine while the key is secured.

After Baugh became aware that a child’s boat was taking on water, he piloted his powerboat alongside. He left the controls of his vessel and leaned over the side of the boat to bail water out of the Optimist dinghy. However, Baugh had not turned the engine off and, while he bailed water, he unintentionally struck the throttle and the boat moved forward, causing him to fall out.

The unmanned boat struck multiple youth members of the green fleet, including Ethan, who was fatally injured. Baugh was able to regain control of the boat.

The wrongful death action is seeking in excess of $30,000 on behalf of Ethan’s estate. Beneficiaries of the monetary claim are his mother and father. Ethan also has an older brother who was sailing nearby at the time of the accident.

Boating accident death cases can be emotional, tragic, and unfair. When emotions run high, it can be difficult to make a strategic decision when choosing the perfect personal injury lawyer. In order to be prepared, develop a list of trustworthy attorneys that you can call when an emergency occurs.

The Schrier Law Group handles many boating injury cases, and Schrier Law has the resources necessary to help you and your family score a successful outcome in any boating injury case. It is important that you have your rights defended by someone who knows the law. Contact the Schrier Law Group for a personal injury attorney in Florida today!

Schrier Law: A Personal Injury and Insurance Litigation Law Firm

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Schrier Law Group is a Floridian statewide personal injury and insurance litigation law firm. For over 50 years, our lawyers and staff have provided creative legal strategies to aggressively represent all of our clients and their family members.

Our law firm never wants anyone to get hurt or to tragically lose their lives because of another person or company’s careless acts. However, automobile accidents, slip and fall incidents, reckless corporate behavior, as well as many other negligent acts, all too often lead to a preventable injury or to a family member’s wrongful death.

If you or a loved one has been injured or if someone in your family has tragically passed away, due to the negligence of another, Schrier Law Group simply cares more and does want to represent the individual or those family members who may never have thought that they would ever need an attorney.

The public often has a negative perception about how lawyers conduct themselves. Some of our clients have mentioned that they did not think that lawyers could possibly care as much as Schrier Law Group’s attorneys and our great staff does.

While we have been, and continue to be hired to secure the most money for our clients, from just about every part of the state of Florida, we take great pride in changing the negative perception, one client at a time. Clients often tell us that Schrier Law Group secured more money for them, than they ever could have imagined. We take great pride in coming up with creative legal strategies to win our client’s cases, but we also enjoy answering our client’s questions and developing relationships that last a lifetime because they are based on the trust that we have earned along the way.

Call Schrier Law Group Today

The Schrier Law Group handles many negligence cases just like this one. Schrier Law has the resources necessary to help you and your family score a successful outcome in your case. It is important that you have your rights defended by someone who knows the law. Contact the Schrier Law Group for a personal injury attorney in Florida today!

Negligence Lawsuit Filed in Lake Worth Against Dive Charter

Mollie Ghiz-Flynn Selfie Photo Before Diving Accident

Sometimes it is just simple “negligence” that leads to a lawsuit being filed. If one suffers harm because of another’s careless action or lack of action, then that person or company can be held legally responsible (liable) for the harm done.

Negligence cases are civil cases. Negligence law allows you to sue someone for the harm they caused you either by accident or recklessness. Negligence occurs when someone’s actions or failure to act falls below a reasonable standard of care.

Schrier Law Group knows that a reasonable standard of care is based upon the notion of what an “ordinary or reasonable person would have done in similar circumstances.”

Diver Dies in Lake Worth Accident

The family of a diver, 37-year-old Mollie Ghiz-Flynn, who passed from her injuries during a dive near the Lake Worth Inlet in March of 2020, filed suit against the charter boat company for said negligence.

Investigators said people on board a 48-foot commercial dive boat “Southern Comfort” was pulling divers from the water about a mile-and-a-half southeast of the Lake Worth Inlet when two divers were pulled under the boat. One diver, Ghiz-Flynn, was hit by a boat propeller. Ghiz-Flynn later died from her injuries.

The lawsuit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida is accusing the “Southern Comfort” owners, Florida Scuba Charters, of negligence.

Details of the Lawsuit

According to the suit, as the divers were coming up from the first dive of the day and were trying to get back aboard the boat, the boat captain put the boat in reverse, pulling Ghiz-Flynn and her husband, Sean Flynn, under it.

Flynn’s attorney stated that, “this was a SCUBA diving charter that never should have occurred in the first place, and the results were catastrophic. We are filing this case in order to obtain justice for Sean and for Mollie’s family. Mollie’s life was taken far too soon and we seek full accountability for this preventable tragedy.”

At the time of the incident, Palm Beach County had enacted executive orders prohibiting recreational diving and most recreational boating, in an effort to help with social distancing measures and curb the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, boat ramps and marinas in the county were closed to recreational boats and only allowed to remain open if they serviced commercial vessels, such as fishing. This will be an integral part of the suit.

The Schrier Law Group handles many negligence cases just like this one. Schrier Law has the resources necessary to help you and your family score a successful outcome in your case. It is important that you have your rights defended by someone who knows the law. Contact the Schrier Law Group for a personal injury attorney in Florida today!

Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Florida

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In the state of Florida alone there are almost half a million car accidents per year. These accidents lead to over 250,000 injuries and 3,000+ fatalities. In all of these accidents, negligence can usually be pinned on one of the drivers. If you happen to be a part of one of these accidents, you need a top personal injury attorney in Florida that will aggressively represent you in a court of law. The Schrier Law Group is THE LEGAL TEAM that brings their years of personal injury expertise to the table. If you need an attorney to aggressively represent you after being injured due to the carelessness of another person’s actions, then it is time to call us today @ 1-800-700-7285.

What Cases Does a Personal Injury Attorney Take

A personal injury attorney is a very broad term that encompasses all injuries that have been caused due to the negligence of another.

Examples of these situations are:

  • Truck Accidents
  • Work Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Auto Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Construction Accidents
  • Pool Injuries & Drownings
  • Product Liability Claims
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

All of the above are examples of accidents that can happen when another person is being careless. Many of the accidents can leave you with a long period of pain and recovery. This means a lot of lost wages and time. You deserve to be compensated for the loss of wages, medical bills, psychological impacts of the accident, lost time and the price of having to suffer through it all.

The Schrier Law Group understands that this is a difficult time and wants to represent you in court. Schrier Law has the resources necessary to help you and your family have successful outcomes in your cases. The injuries, or even worse death, of you or a loved one, can impact the remainder of peoples’ lives. It is important that you have your rights defended by someone who knows the law. Contact the Schrier Law Group for a personal injury attorney in Florida today!

Wrongful Death Suits Filed After Truck Kills Young Couple on Jax Highway

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Wednesday, September 23rd on behalf of Hannah Krajewski and Devaughn Gresham. Krajewski, 21, and Gresham, 23, were killed when a semi-truck slammed into them on I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida earlier this month. It’s an area of the interstate that’s been under construction for months.

The father of Krajewski has a message for all truck drivers: slow down and be careful:

“I never want to see this happen to anyone else again. It was senseless, and it never needs to happen again,” said James Krajewski.

Krajewski and Gresham were heading into Jacksonville for a date night about 10 minutes away from the downtown area when the semi-truck rounded the curve at the Lem Turner exit, lost control, hit the center median and slammed into the Kia Optima, driving it across the highway and into the guardrail.

Gresham had recently graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Krajewski graduated from Orange Park High School. The Kia became a mangled mess. It shows how fast and impactful the accident was.

The crash report from Florida Highway Patrol has limited information but it says that charges are pending on the outcome of the investigation:

“The rules are the truck driver has to slow down and use extreme caution in weather, in the rain, on wet roads. The rules are you have to slow down in construction zones,” Pajcic said.

Pajcic said the semi-truck driver was going at least 70 miles per hour, which is 10-miles-per-hour over the speed limit.

A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation said the stretch of I-95 between Norwood and Edgewood Avenues is being resurfaced but added that there was no construction being done the night of the crash.

Unfortunately, these types of truck accidents are far too common. Our hearts here at Schrier Law Group go out to the families of the two deceased.

Pedestrian Killed in Accident on US 27 in Marion County, Florida

Last month on July 18, 2020, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Marion County, Florida on US 27. He did not survive the accident. According to the Rubenstein Law:

“The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene shortly after the crash took place. According to troopers, a man was walking on US 27 when he was hit by a truck. Rescue workers arrived at the scene and pronounced the man dead as a result of his injuries. His identity has not been released. Neither the driver of the truck nor his two passengers were hurt. There is no word on whether any charges were expected.

Additional details are not available at this time.”

Pedestrian Accidents are Dangerous and Sometimes Fatal

These types of accidents are not rare. Pedestrians are struck by vehicles all over the country on a daily basis. Not only do these accidents happen often, but they are some of the most dangerous accident of all. Most of the time, these accidents end up in death. However, if you do survive the accident, you and your family are entitled to compensation.

Ultimately, it is your lawyer’s job to help you recover the maximum compensation you are due based on the facts of your case. There are many aspects involved in the successful handling of a personal injury case. As long as the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver and not you, then you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. We wish the best for the family of the pedestrian who lost his life in the accident. The lawyers at the Schrier Law Group are experienced in all types of personal injury cases. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of the driver, then contact the Schrier Law Group today.