A family has filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line on behalf of their loved one, Jeffrey Eisenman, a 65-year-old passenger who died onboard the Carnival Sunrise.  The lawsuit alleges Carnival would not allow Eisenman off the ship to receive life-saving medical care after he suffered a serious heart attack. 

According to the lawsuit filed in Miami Federal Court, Eisenman suffered a heart attack while the Carnival Sunrise was docked at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands on December 3.  The doctor onboard the ship said Eisenman would need a stent implanted and that he should be flown to Miami because Grand Turk’s hospital was not equipped with a cardiac unit. The family had purchased insurance that would have covered an air ambulance.

However, the Eisenman family was told he could not leave the ship and the ship set sail on its intended course for San Juan, a 21-hour voyage.  Eisenman died overnight on the ship, as his condition continued to decline. The ordeal continued, the family said. Carnival told them that their loved one’s body could not be removed in Puerto Rico because they could not guarantee the body would be returned promptly from the hurricane-ravaged island. Eisenman’s son stayed onboard and accompanied his father’s body back to the U.S., according to the lawsuit.  Eisenman’s body was kept in the ship’s morgue for an additional five days until the ship returned to Port Canaveral.

The Eisenman’s allege Carnival Cruise Line was negligent in not recognizing the severity of their father’s medical condition and evacuating him quickly where he could receive the life-saving medical care he needed.  They are also claiming emotional distress after they say the ailing man and his wife were blocked from disembarking on Grand Turk Island.


If you have been injured on your cruise, on a wet and slippery deck, down a poorly lit staircase or steep gangway, in port on an excursion, on a tender boat or are the victim of cruise ship medical malpractice – it is important that you speak as soon as possible with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims against cruise lines. Most cruise lines, including CarnivalRoyal CaribbeanCelebrityNorwegianMSCDisneyHolland AmericaPrincess, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights.

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is a personal injury firm located in Miami, Florida since 1991.  We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety.  We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or other type of injury the more likely we will be able to understand and prove how the incident occurred. Remember, the cruise lines have the most aggressive and well-funded defense lawyers in the world- protecting their profits.  You need an experienced legal advocate in your corner who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, transportation reimbursement and pain and suffering.  Call us today and speak with a cruise ship claims lawyer about your potential claim- toll free 1-866-597-4529305-441-0440, or by email. We are ready to help.




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