Maritime Matter of the Week

Lack of Cruise Line Accountability Potentially More Dangerous than Cruise Ship Illness


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Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is comprised of attorneys that are nationally-recognized industry leaders in the field of maritime and admiralty law. Our team of lawyers has over a century of combined experience, has successfully handled over 3,000 cases, and has recovered over 300 million dollars in damages for our clients.

There is no doubt that becoming sick while on a cruise ship, due to conditions that are the fault of the cruise operator, is not anyone’s idea of a perfect getaway. Recently, two Royal Caribbean cruises were afflicted with a norovirus outbreak that left hundreds of passengers in a compromised state of health. While this is certainly concerning, what is more troubling is the fact that far too many cruise lines act negligently and place their passengers at risk for accident and injury at sea.

Ask anyone who has attempted to make a claim against a major cruise line — you will hear complaints of cruise line negligence, blaming the victim, and hiding the ball. As maritime lawyers, we know all too well the many ways that major cruise lines shirk responsibility. Due to their desire to preserve their good image and continue attracting new clients, there are many reasons why the cruise lines attempt to brush serious incidents under the rug. That is why we are here to help.

Accident and Injury are Real Risks

These days, there are countless new and exciting ways to spend time on a cruise. From water parks to ziplining and everything in between, the cruise industry continues to create bigger vessels, offering more activities in order to attract a wide range of clientele. However, with these increased opportunities for fun, also come a slew of additional potential safety risks.

Our team has experience with clients who have suffered as a result of unsafe cruise ship environments. Whether due to poorly monitored water parks, slippery or uneven flooring, defective guard railings or a variety of other concerns, you can rest assured that your physical safety is our top priority, and that we will do everything we can so that you can achieve the resolution that you deserve.

Passengers and Crewmembers Should Exercise Caution

Although you may expect the cruise line to have your best interest at heart, the truth of the matter is that this is not always the case. Cruise lines often put profits before passenger safety.  Whether you are a guest or an employee, you have the right to cruise in a safe and supportive environment. In the past, we have helped both passengers and crewmembers navigate the often complex and uncertain world of maritime law. From eye and back injuries, to slip and fall accidents and even rape and sexual assault, one cannot underestimate the potential for an incident to occur when you least expect it.

When the unexpected does happen you owe it to yourself to have the guidance of a legal team that will not be intimidated by the big cruise companies. So if you are seeking results and closure after suffering an accident or injury aboard a cruise, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is here to help. With our 100 years of combined experience, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands, from start to finish.

We look forward to assisting you with your case, so do not hesitate to contact us today.

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