Cruise ship vacations have been revered as some of the most relaxing, adventurous and economical types of vacations anyone can take. From single travelers looking to get away and meet new people to families who want to spend time together exploring the world, cruise vacations can be fun for people of any age. However, it isn’t breaking news that cruise ships can also be a breeding grounds for some of the most disastrous accidents in history.
From the sinking of the Titanic to the grounding of the Costa Concordia, cruise ship accidents occur each and every single year, even when it seems as though the vessel is safe. Whether an accident takes place because a piece of furniture was not properly secured or a crime occurs in which someone onboard was violently attacked, it is important for all cruise travelers to know that along with all the fun they can have on the high seas, they can also place themselves in situations where they can get hurt.
The cruise ship passenger attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have been representing travelers who have gotten hurt, become ill or fallen prey to an assailant onboard a vessel since 1971. Based in Miami, Florida, the cruise ship capital of the world, our attorneys have had front row seats to some of the most unspeakable crimes on the high seas. Some of these incidents take place because of the negligence of the cruise company in failing to provide a safe environment for those onboard, while other times, injuries are caused by other fellow passengers.
No matter what the details of each incident are, it is important for all cruise travelers to know that they are entitled to seek legal help with a cruise ship lawyer whenever something goes wrong. Whether victims sustained serious injuries or not, cruise line operators are responsible for keeping everyone onboard reasonably safe, and when that safety is compromised, victims may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, which the cruise company may be obligated to cover.
As cruise ship passenger lawyers, our team here at Lipcon has witnessed first-hand some of the worst maritime accidents in history, however, the public doesn’t always learn what really goes on behind the scenes while they sip away at their cocktails onboard or dance the night away at one of the many music clubs on their vessel. The truth of the matter is that crimes and negligence abound among various cruise lines across the world, and companies aren’t too keen on divulging this information to the public.
It can be weeks, months or even years before a crime that occurred on the high seas is reported to the media. Some incidents never even gain media attention because either the cruise company denied the charges or covered up the incident. However, it is just about time that the world learned the truth about what is happening onboard cruise ships behind closed doors.
WPTV Channel 5 News in West Palm Beach, Florida is scheduled to air a special regarding the many ways in which cruise ship workers break the rules they have pledged to follow while onboard. The special, titled “Cruise Ship Workers Breaking the Rules,” is set to air at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Jan. 31 and will explain how workers on vessels are breaking laws and getting passengers sick, as well as will divulge which cruise lines have the most problems.
It is always better to be informed of what could go wrong before boarding a vessel. In this regard, obtaining a copy of the book, “Unsafe on the High Seas,” authored by Charles R. Lipcon, can provide useful and valuable information towards having a safer cruise. It is available in digital format for 99 cents from Amazon, iTunes or Nook. Our attorneys here at Lipcon encourage every potential cruise ship passenger to keep their eyes peeled to any signs of strange behavior and to report any accident, injury or crime the instant it happens and seek the help of an attorney in order to protect their rights.