Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are the nation’s leading maritime lawyers handling injury and assault cases against Celebrity Cruise Lines. Our firm was founded over 50 years ago on the premise that the selection of your maritime attorney is paramount to getting the compensation you deserve, and it’s an idea we still hold true to this day.
Our firm has seven offices located nationwide, employing fourteen full-time maritime injury lawyers who have extensive experience in handling cruise ship injuries like yours. This is why we were recently selected for SuperLawyers and one of the “Best Law Firms”® in 2023 by US News & World Report, among countless other awards and recognitions. You can feel confident in your decision to choose our leading attorneys to take on your claim against Celebrity Cruise.
Types of Accidents on Celebrity Cruise Ships
Both workers and passengers have the right to recover for injuries suffered as a result of a cruise line’s negligence or wrongful action. Some of the most common types of cruise ship incidents that can lead to lawsuits 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
Celebrity has a responsibility to create a reasonably safe working environment as well as a reasonably safe environment for passengers. When the cruise line fails to fulfill its basic duties and tragedy occurs, you have the right to pursue damages.
It’s important to act quickly after an injury. Cruise ship tickets frequently limit your time to bring a personal injury case to only one year. Courts have enforced such limitations, even though the statute of limitations is three years for many other types of maritime injuries. If you file your case after the applicable limitations period, you will most likely lose the opportunity to recover for your injuries. Your attorney can advise you about what specific timeline applies to you and help you file your claim on time.
How Our Award-Winning Lawyers Can Get You the Compensation You Deserve
After an accident, injury, or illness, if you were a passenger or crew member aboard a Celebrity Cruise, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, suffering, and economic damages (lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses). Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have over 50 years of experience in successfully handling thousands of injury claims against all of the major cruise lines, including Celebrity Cruises. With Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. backing you up, you do not need to deal with the headache and burdens that come with complex maritime legal matters. We’re here to:
- Negotiate your claim
- Prove liability
- Prove the value of your damages
- Apply Admiralty Laws accurately in your case
Negotiating Your Claim
Our lawyers include Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime lawyers as well as lawyers who have been recognized by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers(r), and AVVO. Because of our 50-year track record of success (we were founded in 1971), we are often able to successfully resolve cases prior to trial, which has many advantages.
As such, once we have done an in-depth analysis into your case, often the first part of the process often involves negotiations with the cruise line itself. Sometimes, Celebrity Cruises will agree to a fair settlement, and you can resolve your matter and receive your financial recovery sooner rather than later. One of the main parts of our job is giving you our advice and opinions about what constitutes a fair settlement for your case.
Having an advocate who regularly deals with cruise lines can give you a distinct advantage in negotiations regarding your case.
Sometimes, Celebrity Cruises will deny any liability for your injuries or use liability waivers in fine print to try to deny you compensation. Our cruise ship attorneys know the tactics that these cruise lines use all too well, and we know how to challenge them and prove that the corporation should be responsible for your losses.
There are an incredible amount of intricacies in the laws applicable to a cruise ship injury. We know them all because we’ve seen them all. Parties who could be sued for your damages include:
- Celebrity Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruise Line staff members
- Celebrity Cruise Line executives
- Manufacturers of Celebrity Cruise Line equipment
- Celebrity Cruise Line safety inspectors and maintenance workers
- Other third parties
Proving Your Damages
An experienced maritime attorney will fight for the full amount you need to cover your:
- Past medical bills
- Estimated costs of future treatment that you will need
- Past and future lost earnings due to your injuries and their effects
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Reduced quality of life
- Personal property damages
- Embarrassment from disfiguring skin scars
We have successfully resolved thousands of cases against all of the major cruise lines and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars. This wealth of experience enables us to best assess the full value of your case in order to fully and fairly compensate you.
If no fair settlement is offered, we will not hesitate to litigate your case, for as long as it takes. We have gone up against all of the cruise lines in court or in arbitration – including Celebrity Cruises, and won. We know how to prove the damages you deserve.
Applying Admiralty Law to Your Case
Most personal injury cases are governed by state law, but cruise ship cases involve federal maritime and admiralty laws. These laws are extremely complicated, so you want a lawyer with experience applying admiralty law to injury cases. Simple mistakes can go against the legal requirements of your cruise ship injury case, but an experienced lawyer will know how to avoid such obstacles to compensation.
According to maritime and admiralty laws there are multiple ways you could be awarded compensation for your damages following an injury caused by Celebrity Cruise Lines. These legal options could include:
- Filing a claim under the Jones Act if you were injured as a seaman
- Filing a Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA) claim if you were injured as a Celebrity Cruise Line crew member
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against Celebrity Cruise Lines or other liable parties
If you are looking for the right law firm to handle your Celebrity Cruise injury case and stand up to a large corporate cruise line, look no further than Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
Case Results in Celebrity Cruises Cases
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., has successfully concluded over 3,000 cases, recovering over $300 million for our clients. Our attorneys have represented hundreds of passengers and crewmembers injured while onboard Celebrity Cruises. Past cases include:
- Costa, Fernandez, D’Acosta vs. Celebrity Cruises,
- Lobo v. Celebrity Cruises, and
- S.L. vs. Celebrity Cruises.
In these and other cases, we have provided assistance to crew and passengers who were seriously injured by the cruise line’s failure to provide reasonable care. Examples of favorable results we have obtained in cruise line cases include:
- $6.1 million verdict for a crewmember who died from poisonous gas while doing repair work on a ship’s sewage system;
Confidential monetary settlement for a cruise passenger who broke a hip after slipping on a wet substance;
- $970,230 plus lifetime medical expenses in an arbitration award for a seaman who developed kidney disease while working on a cruise ship; and
- $575,000 verdict for a kitchen worker who suffered a leg injury and infection when he cut himself on a cracked plastic box.
While we can’t promise that the results of your case will be similar to these, our track record of success demonstrates our capabilities. You can be confident that we will look out for your best interests every step of the way and fight to get you the best possible outcome.
What to Look for in a Celebrity Accident Attorney
After the shock and suffering of your incident, the process of choosing a cruise accident attorney can be overwhelming. Yet, your case is too important to trust to anyone and everyone. Do not be fooled by attorneys who claim to be able to handle your case with little to no experience in your specific type of accident. Odds are good that you don’t have friends or family who have personally used a maritime attorney and can pass along a good reference. Online reviews can be helpful, but they can also overrepresent people who had bad experiences. You may be left confused as to which lawyer to hire.
We encourage you to do your due diligence as you research attorneys, paying close attention to three important factors:
- Case Results
These factors are good indicators of whether your attorney has the skills necessary to effectively litigate your case. After you’ve done your research, it’s a good idea to set up a free consultation with your prospective attorney. This conversation will allow you to present the basic facts of your case to the attorney so they can better understand your situation, while at the same time helping you assess how you feel about them. You’ll be working with this attorney over the next few months, or even longer, so don’t dismiss how comfortable and supported you are in regards to their personality and style of communication in determining if they are a good fit for you.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., is a great choice to represent you in your cruise line case. Our main office is located in Florida, but we have attorneys licensed in Florida, California, Colorado, and Washington. As well, we accept cases from clients all over the world who have been affected by a cruise line accident. We are well-respected in the industry and have the skills necessary to build a strong case for you.
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National and International Reputation
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has developed a reputation for excellence among cruise ship attorneys. We receive frequent recognition for our skills and successes. For the past five years in a row, U.S. News and World Report has named us a Best Law Firm. Other honors include:
- Only cruise ship law firm in America to have four attorneys recognized as “Best Lawyers” 2016-2024;
- Named “Top Law Firm Protecting Seafarer Rights” by The International Seafarers Union; and
- AV Preeminent rating (highest level of professional excellence) from Martindale-Hubbell.
In 2020, U.S. News and World Report named our founder, Charles R. Lipcon, “Lawyer of the Year”® in Admiralty & Maritime by US News & World Report (2020)- Miami. Mr. Lipcon has practiced maritime law for 48 years, has frequently been featured as a commentator on national news, and has even written a popular book, Unsafe on the High Seas, to help people stay safer on cruises. He has also been instrumental in a number of landmark cases as well as cases involving multi-million dollar verdicts.
Our reputation in the industry is unparalleled. Cruise lines know who we are and what fierce advocates we are for our clients. They take our clients seriously and know they can’t get away with the kind of tactics that may work with other firms.
Celebrity Cruises Ships
Celebrity Cruises operates 14 ships, which the company indicates are all “built to make your vacation everything you wanted and then some.” The ships are divided into Solstice Class, Millennium Class, Edge Class, and Galapagos Ships. The 14 ships include:
- The Celebrity Eclipse
- The Celebrity Equinox
- The Celebrity Silhouette
- The Celebrity Solstice
- The Celebrity Reflection
- The Celebrity Constellation
- The Celebrity Infinity
- The Celebrity Millennium
- The Celebrity Summit
- The Celebrity Xpedition
- The Celebrity Apex
- The Celebrity Edge
- The Celebrity Xploration
- The Celebrity Flora
- The Celebrity Beyond
Celebrity promises travelers its ships are built to make a vacation everything they’ve hoped for; unfortunately, the cruise line often fails to disclose the very real risks of sexual assault aboard the ships, as well as the risk of accidents or death on the ship, onshore excursions, or in instances where passengers fall overboard.
Whenever illness, injury, or death occurs, it is important for victims to understand their right to pursue a case against Celebrity.
Hire the Nation’s Leading Maritime Attorneys for Help With Your Celebrity Cruise Accident Claim
When you have suffered severe injuries or illness after working or vacationing aboard a Celebrity Cruise Lines ship, and you do not know where to turn for help, you’ve come to the right place.
As leading litigation attorneys with extensive working knowledge of maritime law, we take great pride in the fact that our firm’s founder, Charles Lipcon, was named Lawyer of the Year in Admiralty and Maritime for Miami in 2020- a prestigious award. Charles Lipcon, Jason Margulies, Michael Winkleman, and Jacqueline Garcell have all been named Best Lawyers® in America for 2024. We believe these awards reflect well upon our abilities and accomplishments as maritime attorneys achieving success for our clients. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a maritime accident, we are ready to help you get the care and support you deserve.
Contact us right away via our website or call 877-233-1238 to speak with an experienced attorney for a free and confidential consultation. During your initial consultation, we will learn more about your case and discuss how we can help you after an injury or death at sea or in port.
Other Companies Sued
- American Seafoods
- Antillean Marine Shipping Corp.
- Azamara Cruise Lines
- Carnival 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
- Virgin Voyages
- Windstar Cruises