When a Louisiana resident is ill, he or she and the family rely on doctors to provide the best possible medical care. Therefore, when a doctor or medical facility's negligence leads to injury, further illness, or even death, the patient or the patient's family members may seek legal recourse via a medical negligence lawsuit.
Due to a long-standing precedent in medical malpractice laws, until very recently, an act of medical negligence onboard a cruise ship often went scot-free. This precedent was invoked by cruise ships in all medical malpractice lawsuits. The ruling said that passengers cannot expect the same standard of medical facilities onboard a cruise ship and that doctors and other medical staff on the cruise liners were independent contractors over whom the cruise company had no direct control.