With over 100 combined years of experience practicing admiralty and maritime law, our attorneys have successfully litigated and negotiated thousands of claims on behalf of plaintiffs that involved personal injury and wrongful death on private vessels, cruise ships, and workplaces in navigable waters. Additionally, we handle marine-related product liability claims, insurance disputes, breach of contract, and all other legal matters that fall under the umbrella of maritime law.
All of the lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have extensive experience in maritime and admiralty law and maintain current with regards to recent court decisions, judicial trends, and other changes that could affect your case.
Are You the Victim of a Maritime Injury?
There are many ways to be injured at sea. Cruise line passengers have been known to be injured in the buffet, on the lido deck, by the pool, climbing Jacob’s ladders, by other passengers, or by contracting an illness. Similarly, employees on cruise lines, commercial shipping vessels, oil rigs, and other types of water-based job sites can be injured at sea in a limitless number of ways. Admiralty and maritime laws seek, at least in part, to protect individuals who have suffered injuries as crewmembers or passengers. Contact our firm immediately to discuss any injuries you’ve suffered while at sea, on inland waters, or in port
Cases that Fall Under Maritime and Admiralty Law
Not everyone is aware that their case falls under maritime and admiralty law, but most accidents and other torts occurring on vessels, even vessels in port, are covered under admiralty law, which is often quite different than land-based state and federal laws. What type of claims might be covered under admiralty law? Here are some examples:
- Cruise Ship Passenger Accidents – Accidents or injuries caused by rough seas or malfunctioning navigational systems, sickness due to the norovirus, food poisoning, assaults by crew or passengers, slip and fall accidents on gangways or Jacob’s ladders, or any other type of incident that could have or should have been prevented by the cruise line all fall under maritime law and must be handled by a qualified cruise ship passenger injury lawyer.
- Charter Boats, Private Yachts, and Ferries – If you hire, pay passage, or are an invited guest on a boat or yacht, the owner and/or operator owes you a duty of care. Any preventable injuries that you sustain as a result of the vessel owner’s failure to uphold their duty of care are normally actionable and covered under maritime and admiralty law.
- Jones Act Seaman – If you are employed on a vessel or you work on a vessel when it’s in port, you have legal protections with regard to workplace injuries under the Jones Act. If you are covered under this federal law, you’ll require a Jones Act lawyer to review your case.
- Oil Rig Workers – If you work or service an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, your case is covered under admiralty and maritime law.
- Other Vessels – While it is nearly impossible to list all of the types of situations that would require the services of a maritime law attorney, any accident occurring aboard ocean vessels, cruise ships, private boats and yachts, ferries, tour boats, barges, riverboats, fishing charters, and ferries that occur on the sea, coastal waters, or inland waterways will usually fall into this category.
This list is not all-inclusive, and there are a plethora of different types of claims that are covered under this area of the law. Generally speaking, most injury-related claims that arise out of an event or accident on the water would fall under admiralty and maritime law. If you’ve been injured on a boat or vessel or if you have a claim that involves a tort or breach of contract at sea, contact the admiralty and maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. today.
What Constitutes Maritime and Admiralty Law?
At one time, the terms “admiralty law” and “maritime law” had two different meanings. “Admiralty” used to refer to the judicial court in England and the early American colonies that handled legal matters related to shipping. Maritime law emerged to handle cases related to sea travel and commerce. Eventually, the two discrete but closely related practices merged, and the terms associated with them merged into one legal discipline. As a result, the terms admiralty law and maritime law are now used together or interchangeably. Our practice is so highly focused on cruise ship claims that we often refer to ourselves as cruise ship lawyers practicing cruise ship law.
Unlike some areas of the law that are codified in the federal and state statutes, admiralty and maritime law in the U.S. can fall under the jurisdiction of federal law, state law, international treaties with single or multiple nations, and the common law (which comes from court cases). In addition, state laws can also have an impact on a maritime law case. One interesting aspect of maritime law is that the same case may be argued in a Florida court, a U.S. court, and the court of another state, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. As a result of the interplay between both domestic and foreign laws in maritime cases, there are often gaps in maritime and admiralty law that require courts to apply laws from various jurisdictions in order to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion to a particular dispute. We pride ourselves on our ability to handle a case where it needs to be filed, worldwide.
Being Compensated Under Maritime and Admiralty Law
If you’re a worker who has been injured on a vessel or oil rig, you will want to seek damages for your medical expenses and lost wages. But what about pain and suffering, diminished work capacity, and other noneconomic expenses. As personal injury lawyers who represent crew members and passengers, we are aware of the damages that you’re entitled to under maritime and admiralty law. Because of the intersection of jurisdictions and the unique nature of all injury cases, your best chances at receiving full and fair compensation is to retain the services of maritime and admiralty law firm that focuses on injuries at sea. Our attorneys have successfully concluded over 3,000 cases for our clients, garnering over $300 million in awards and settlements.
When You Need to Hire a Maritime and Admiralty Law Firm
Here are a few of the types of civil cases that require the services of a maritime law attorney:
- Cruise ship passenger Injuries such as slip and falls or trip and falls
- Bad medical care at sea
- Rapes, Assaults, batteries, and sexual crimes committed on a cruise ship (for civil claims)
- Jones Act compensation claims
- Wrongful death on any vessel or platform
- Shore excursion injuries
- Charter boat and yacht accidents
- Workplace accidents on ships, rigs, and in port
If you have any question as to whether or not your case falls under maritime and admiralty law, contact us for a free evaluation.
Maritime and Admiralty Law Firm for Clients All Over the World
Working from our main office in Miami, FL, our maritime and admiralty law firm handles cases all over the world. We have the resources, experience, and connections with law firms in other countries needed to accommodate clients with claims arising in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, other parts of the Americas, and in international waters.
Cruise lines, shipping companies, and oil companies employ legions of attorneys to litigate their cases. That’s why it’s essential that you retain the services of a maritime and admiralty law practice that has the legal acumen to fight for a successful outcome in your case. Contact the maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. for a free initial consultation. We can review your case and explain to you your options under the law.