Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., headquartered in Miami, FL, are the nation’s leading cruise line injury and accident lawyers. For over 50 years, we have been fighting for the rights of injured passengers and crew. We are dedicated to helping our clients recover the compensation they deserve after accidents at sea which are caused by someone else’s negligence.
With 14 attorneys in 8 offices nationwide — including our main Miami office — countless awards and accolades, and over $300 million and counting recovered for our clients since we first began the firm in 1971, it is no surprise that Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has been named to “Best Law Firms”® by US News & World Report since 2016, and 4 of our attorneys named to “Best Lawyers”® 2016-2024.
We know that cruise ship vacations are a welcome escape for many travelers. These floating hotels boast a wide variety of activities and entertainment options, in addition to providing a luxurious travel experience to beautiful and exotic locales. Unfortunately, the idyllic paradise of a cruise vacation can sometimes be interrupted by accidents or injuries.
Whether you’re a passenger on a cruise ship or a member of the crew, pursuing a claim for an onboard injury may feel daunting, but our Miami, FL injury lawyers are here to help. We have an unparalleled success rate and we are confident in our ability to help you or your family to obtain a successful outcome.
Azamara Cruise Line Fleet
Azamara is a relatively new cruise line that was founded in 2007 as a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean, which recently sold the line to a New York-based private equity firm. Azamara is an upscale cruise line featuring only three relatively small ships. The Azamara Quest, Azamara Journey, and Azamara Pursuit have limited capacities of around 700 passengers each. The ships’ smaller sizes offer the opportunity to call at some lesser-visited ports, and the atmosphere on the ships is a bit more intimate than on typical cruise lines.
Azamara cruises are advertised as immersive luxury experiences offering friendly, club-like atmospheres. Azamara ships can navigate closer to many destinations, such as Bangkok, Bordeaux, and Hong Kong, while mega-sized cruise ships are forced to dock much further away owing to their enormous size. We have successfully handled and resolved numerous injury cases against Azamara cruises, both on behalf of injured passenger and crewmembers.
Types of Cruise Ship Accidents We Handle
While it’s not fun to think about, the reality is that accidents and injuries can and do occur on cruise ships. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, between 2005 and 2011, over 100 million passengers traveled on cruise ships. Since 2005, there have been over 400 major cruise ship accidents reported. Sixteen people were reported killed in cruise ship accidents between 2005 and 2011, and over 300 people have fallen overboard. Unfortunately, even luxury cruise ships like Azamara ships have the potential for numerous types of accidents and injuries to occur.
Cruise ship passengers may fall victim to slip and falls or trip and falls due to hazards on ship walkways and dangerous conditions like wet decks. Guests may fall overboard or drown in ship pools. Rapes and sexual assaults frequently occur on cruise ships, as well as other crimes committed against passengers. Since 1971, we have successfully handled more than 3,000 cases and so we have literally seen it all. Over the course of our 50 years of service we have fought tirelessly on behalf of each of these clients.
Some of the types of cruise ship passenger injury cases we handle include:
- Cruise ship passenger injuries
- Crewmember injuries
- Cruise ship rape and assault
- Passenger disappearances
- Passenger overboard accidents
- Passenger drowning incidents
- Shore excursion injuries
- Cruise ship medical malpractice
- Flowrider accidents
- Cruise ship class actions
Frequently Asked Questions About Azamara Cruise Ship Accidents
Do I need to hire a lawyer for my cruise ship accident?
Yes, it is important to hire a lawyer to represent your interests in any case against a cruise line. Remember that the cruise line’s lawyers work on behalf of the cruise line, and they are not on your side. In order for the cruise line to fully accept responsibility for their misdeeds and for you to receive the compensation you are entitled to, you will need an experienced Miami-area attorney who represents only your interests.
Can I hire a local lawyer where I live?
When you buy a ticket on a cruise ship, there is a mountain of fine print that you may never bother to read, but it does legally bind you as to how you can resolve a case against the cruise line. The vast majority of cruise ship passenger cases need to be filed in Miami, Florida, while some require cases to be filed in California or in the state of Washington (We have attorneys licensed in both states!). You need a lawyer who is licensed in the jurisdiction in which your case is required to be filed, which will depend on the cruise line. For Azamara, cases must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County, right where Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has its main office.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Cruise ship accident and injury cases have a statute of limitations of one year from the date of injury. This means that the case must be filed within a year, but there is also a provision requiring that you must give the cruise line notice of the incident within six months. It is critical to seek the assistance of a cruise ship attorney as soon as possible following your accident or injury to be sure that these deadlines are adhered to, or you run the risk of your case being thrown out.
What kinds of accidents can I file a claim for?
Any type of cruise ship accident in which there is a possibility of negligence on the cruise line’s behalf is a good candidate for a claim. These may include slips, trips or falls, as well as incidents like rape, sexual assault or other crimes. Remember, consultation in Miami, FL are free so reach out and we can discuss what happened.
How much is my case worth?
It is impossible to give estimates for case value without an experienced lawyer reviewing the specific facts of each case. Therefore, if you think you have a case, you should reach out to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Generally speaking, an accident victim is entitled to compensation for their injuries, such as lost wages and medical bills.
How much will a lawyer cost?
We work exclusively on a contingency fee basis. This means that your Miami area attorney will be entitled to an agreed-upon percentage of the compensation you are awarded. The good news is that having an attorney greatly increases the compensation awarded to a victim, and if you don’t win your case, then you owe nothing. There is no obligation and no risk to contacting an attorney about your case.
Azamara Cruise Accident Lawyers With International Recognition
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are cruise ship lawyers with decades of experience and numerous accolades. We were named “Lawyer of the Year”® in Admiralty and Maritime Law by US News & World Report, and four of our lawyers were named “Best Lawyer”® in 2021. Our attorneys have over 165 years of combined experience, and we are highly knowledgeable in cruise ship law. We’ve successfully handled more than 3,000 cases and recovered more than $300 million on behalf of our clients. Our Miami, FL lawyers are frequently asked to appear on national television or be interviewed by major media outlets about cruise ship and maritime legal matters. If you have been the victim of an accident on an Azamara Cruise Lines ship, contact America’s leading maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. for a free consultation at 877-233-1238.
Other Companies Sued
- American Seafoods
- Antillean Marine Shipping Corp.
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruise Lines
- Costa Cruise Lines
- Crowley Maritime Corporation
- Crystal Cruises
- Cunard Line
- Disney Cruise Line
- Holland America Line
- Icicle Seafoods, Inc.
- Island Queen Cruises
- Maersk Lines Limited
- Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company (ODECO)
- Oceania Cruises
- P&O Cruises
- Princess Cruise Lines
- Pullmantur Cruises
- Radisson Seven Seas
- Royal Caribbean Cruise
- Seabourn Cruise Line
- Silversea Cruises
- Starboard Cruise Services
- Steiner Transocean
- Tote Maritime & Sea Star Line (El Faro)
- The CMA CGM Group
- Tropical Shipping
- Viking Cruises
- Virgin Voyages
- Windstar Cruises