Celebrity Cruises, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Caribbean, is a frequent subject of LM&W’s litigation. We have successfully handled hundreds of both crewmember and passenger lawsuits against Celebrity. Celebrity’s headquarters are walking distance from our main office and therefore we are intimately familiar with their policies, procedures, and litigation strategies.
We are currently handling several cases against Celebrity Cruises related to the Coronavirus outbreak. These cases are on behalf of both passengers and crew harmed due to Celebrity’s alleged negligent conduct in the wake of the pandemic.
Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1988 as part of the Chandris Group, a Greece-based company. In 1997, Celebrity became part of Royal Caribbean International when the Chandris family sold their interest in Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity began to rapidly expand its fleet, and today, it is considered a premium cruise line that is known for its glass dining rooms, formal foyers, and multiple dining venues.
While Celebrity Cruises touts the fact it has been named the Best Premium Cruise Line for eight consecutive years in Travel Weekly’s Reader’s Choice awards contest, not everyone has a positive experience aboard Celebrity ships. Passengers and crew have been raped, attacked, injured, made sick, or even died while aboard Celebrity ships.
When something goes wrong, victims need to understand their rights. A cruise ship lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., can provide legal assistance to passengers, as well as crew who sustain harm while aboard any of Celebrity’s ships. Since 1971, we have been helping all persons who have been seriously injured or harmed at sea. Let us put our maritime experience to work for you.
Types of Cruise Ship Accidents
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 A Cruise Ship Attorney Can Get You the Compensation You Deserve
Celebrity cruise ship injuries can be costly, and you should always know whether you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Each case is different, and the legal questions involved can be complicated, so the best way to know if you have a claim is to have a maritime lawyer evaluate your rights. With a simple, free consultation we can give you an in depth analysis of your case and what steps to take.
A trusted cruise ship injury attorney will review how your injuries occurred, the cause of your accident or illness, and other circumstances surrounding the incident. If Celebrity Cruises should be held liable for your losses, your legal team will prepare and file the proper lawsuit within the necessary time period. Because deadlines can be short and strict, it is important to act quickly and start the legal process now.
Negotiating Your Claim
We have successfully handled such a high volume of cases against Celebrity Cruises, that they know we mean business. Because of this plus 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.
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
We have successfully resolved thousands of cases against all of the major cruise lines. 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.
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.
What to Look for in a Celebrity Accident Attorney
The process of choosing a cruise accident attorney can be overwhelming. Some attorneys will claim to be able to handle your case even if they have little experience with your specific type of accident. You can ask for recommendations from friends, but odds are that their past cases didn’t involve a cruise ship accident. Online reviews can be helpful, but they can also overrepresent people who had bad experiences. So they may tell you what lawyers to avoid but not what lawyer to hire.
As you research attorneys, it’s a good idea to pay attention to three important factors: reputation, experience, and 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 can help you assess their communication style and determine 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, and 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
LM&W 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”;
- 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.
Preeminent national news outlets have frequently recognized our attorneys as leaders in cruise ship and maritime law. These organizations regularly reach out to our attorneys as commentators and analysts on issues facing the cruising industry. In fact, our attorneys have been featured on over 100 national news programs, including The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and CNN Headline News.
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.
Experience & Knowledge
Personal injury claims can arise from many different types of accidents, like car crashes, dog bites, and slip and falls. But many attorneys who are well-versed in these types of claims are ill-equipped to handle cruise ship accident cases.
Cruise ships are subject to maritime law, meaning that accidents on a cruise ship are subject to a different set of rules than accidents that occur on land. Accidents involving workers also involve different rules. Workers’ compensation laws usually cover work-related injuries suffered by land-based workers. But injuries to maritime workers are governed by a combination of federal legislation and maritime common law. These many differences mean that you need a lawyer with focused experience in maritime law to effectively pursue your cruise ship claim.
We have represented victims of cruise ship accidents for nearly 50 years. Our practice focuses specifically on cruise ships and other maritime accidents, and we understand the complexities of the law. Combined, our lawyers have 165 years of relevant experience. We have represented injured workers and passengers from all over the world, even appearing in foreign courtrooms.
If you choose Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., you will never need to question their experience or skills. You can rest easy knowing that you have a competent and knowledgeable attorney in your corner.
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.
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.
LM&W, P.A.: We’re Here to Help You Win Your Lawsuit Against Celebrity Cruise Lines
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., has a long history of representing passengers and crew injured on Celebrity ships, as well as ships operated by other cruise lines. Give us a call at (877) 233-1238 and find out 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