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Arnold & Itkin Files Negligence Suit Against Carnival Cruises

The offshore injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of a family whose toddler suffered severe brain damage because of the negligent medical treatment she received aboard a Carnival cruise ship. The lawsuit alleges that the medical staff on the cruise ship misdiagnosed the toddler's illness and unnecessarily delayed her evacuation to an American children's hospital where she could receive proper treatment. As a result of those delays, the toddler suffered irreversible brain damage that has left her confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak, and requiring 24 hour care for the rest of her life.

The suit states that Carnival acted negligently by failing to have qualified doctors and nurses, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals on the ship. Additionally, given the conditions of the ship's medical facility, the suit alleges that Carnival acted negligent by not timely diverting the ship or evacuating the toddler to receive the competent medical care she clearly required. In addition to compensatory damages, the plaintiffs are also seeking punitive damages, citing the ease with which this incident could have been prevented.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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