Maritime Lawyers Assert Rights for Passengers

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Cruise accident lawyers know that accidents and injuries at sea are more common than many people may think. Over the years, the cruise ship industry has worked hard to limit or remove the rights of passengers. For over forty years, our firm has successfully recovered damages for our clients in a variety of complex legal situations against cruise lines and other ship-owners. Our four decades in the field have allowed us to develop unique understanding and expertise in admiralty and maritime law. While the cruise industry has worked hard to change the laws to its benefit, our firm has successfully handled a number of landmark cases that have set case precedent, preserving the legal rights of all cruisers.

The cruise ship companies have a public relations machine and legal departments that you absolutely can not fight on your own. If you have been subject to a crime or accident while under the care of the operator of a cruise ship, you may be entitled to compensation.
Despite the fact that about three quarters of all cruisers worldwide are Americans (according to statistics from the Cruise Lines International Association), and that most of the major cruise lines are based in the United States, cruise ship operators usually register their ships in foreign countries– such as Liberia— in order to avoid paying corporate income taxes, and in an attempt to argue that they are bound only by the laws of such foreign jurisdictions. Despite these attempts, victims of cruise ship crimes or accidents have long standing rights under U.S. law to assert their claims in United States courts. To ensure that their rights are preserved, victims of cruise ship crimes or accidents should seek representation from experienced counsel, such as the team of cruise injury lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A.

Cruise ship operators have shown they’ll go to almost any length to deny individuals their rights– even their own employees. A 1993 landmark case tried by this firm involved a Carnival Cruise Lines employee who alleged he had been fired as retaliation for refusing to lie under oath. The Circuit Court had dismissed the employee’s complaint for failing to state a cause of action. He had alleged he was entitled to file suit under federal maritime law and under a Florida statute protecting whistleblowers. We appealed the lower Court’s decision– and won– setting case precedent. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that allowing plaintiff to be subjected to retaliatory discharge would have constituted an abuse of defendant’s absolute right to terminate plaintiff, because utilization of the right contravened the established public policy of requiring truthful testimony in the adjudicatory process. Plaintiff also established a cause of action under the state whistle-blower statute.

If the cruise industry would go to such extraordinary lengths to hide the truth as to require an employee to perjure himself under threat of termination, most certainly they have no interest in you knowing and using your rights under the law. The maritime lawyers at our firm know what legal rights you have and will aggressively represent you to make sure that you are well cared for in the event of an injury, accident, or crime committed against you while on vacation. When you call us, the first thing we’ll do is analyze the events of your particular situation. Many people aren’t aware what rights are guaranteed to them under the law.
Experience matters. If you have had an issue at sea or even on land while under the care of a cruise ship company, contact us as soon as possible.