The Port of Beaumont is located near the Neches River in Beaumont, Texas. The port is the fourth busiest within the United States. When measured by tonnage, it is also the 47th busiest port in the world. The port specializes in the processing of military equipment, but pleasure cruises including Cardinal Boat Cruises on the Neches River also depart from the Port.
Unfortunately, injuries are a very real possibility on both pleasure boats and cargo ships. Sustaining an injury can be devastating to the injured person and to those depend upon him, as the damage suffered can be career ending and life altering. Passengers injured on pleasure cruises, injured crew members and seamen are entitled to compensation for the harms done to them; however, making a case for monetary damages is often quite difficult. Whether you’re a passenger on a cruise ship or a crew member on some other type of vessel, a maritime lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can help.
Maritime Laws for Pleasure Boat Passengers and Workers
Everyone on navigable waterways has certain rights, whether they are loading and unloading military equipment or taking a sightseeing cruise. The specific obligations of employers and cruise line companies can vary significantly depending on who gets hurt and how the incident happens.
Unfortunately, one thing passengers, crew members and seamen have in common is the difficulty of actually making the legal system work for them. Victims must explore all possible maritime statutes that are designed to keep them safe and provide them with rights and limitations that dictate when a lawsuit can be filed to obtain monetary damages and other benefits. These include the Cruise Vessel Security & Safety Act, the Jones Act, and general tort laws among others.
Victims must also understand that limitations may be imposed by the contracts they may have with tier employers or cruise operators, and all possible defendants who could be held financially responsible for their losses after a cruise ship accident or other offshore accident.
Because there is a complex array of laws applicable to different kinds of offshore accidents, as well as accidents on cargo boats or pleasure cruises, contacting a maritime attorney is the first important step victims should take to protect their interests.
Choosing a Lawyer to Handle Your Case
To get the best possible outcome victims must choose an attorney with experience in their particular type of case they have. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. attorneys have been recognized as award winning maritime lawyers. We have represented and represent only injured parties, whether the injuries were suffered offshore or on vessels and we have a lengthy track record of success in fighting for the rights of both passengers and maritime workers.
Our attorneys have been instrumental in forcing cruise lines to better inform consumers about the risks they may face aboard ships, and we have published highly-ranked cruise travel guides which have helped keep countless families safe onboard cruise ships. The experience we have is unparalleled and we will fully explain your legal options and assist you in maximizing the compensation and benefits you can receive after an injury or after someone you love has been killed.
If you were hurt offshore in Beaumont, on a pleasure cruise leaving from the area, or on any vessel off the shores of Beaumont, TX, we can help you. Give us a call today at 877-233-1238 to schedule a consultation or contact us online to learn more.