Methadone Victim Family Sue Cruise Line for Negligence ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Methadone Victim Family Sue Cruise Line for Negligence

A mother is suing a Miami cruise ship company for wrongful death and negligence after her daughter died from a methadone overdose on-board a liner. 24-year-old Ashley Bartnett, from Burbank, CA, was on a three-day cruise with boyfriend Geoff Ginsburg on October 14th, 2005 when the tragedy occurred. Ginsburg contacted emergency services on 911 and a volunteer firefighter performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Barnett. When a Carnival Cruise Lines nurse arrived at the scene, she called a doctor, but Bartnett was found to have no pulse. The use of a defibrillator did not revive the victim, who was declared dead. Ginsburg admitted to having taken methadone and Vicodin on-board the ship, but denied giving any to Bartnett. But Barnett's mother Jamie insists the events surrounding her daughter's death are suspect. She says, "I know that she would never have knowingly or willingly ingested that." Attorney Gloria Allred insists the doctor should have given the victim anti-overdose medication. Carnival Cruise Lines deny any allegations of negligence, insisting they properly handled the situation. In an official statement, the company says, "Tragically, Ashley Barnett died of a drug overdose and was deceased well before medical assistance was summoned. The cruise line's medical professionals responded rapidly, appropriately and professionally and the suit is completely without merit." The suit was filed in Miami on Thursday.

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