Holland America Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer

Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are the nation’s leading maritime attorneys handling cases against Holland America Line. If you were traveling aboard a Holland America Line when you suffered a debilitating injury or illness, the effects can last a lifetime. If another party’s negligence is to blame, you have the right to total compensation for your damages – and you’ll receive this with the right attorney by your side, fighting for you. Our law firm has the experienced Holland America Line accident attorney you can rely on.

Our team is more than equipped to take on your case. With seven offices strategically located across the nation and 15 dedicated, full-time maritime attorneys, we are the United State’s leading law firm for cruise ship accidents and injuries. You don’t have to take our word for it; Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. was awarded “Best Law Firms”® from 2016 to 2023 by U.S. News and World Report and selected for inclusion in the 2023 SuperLawyers.

Types of Accidents Common On Holland America Line

Accidents and injuries aboard Holland America Line ships can include a wide array of incidents and events. Below, we have included some of the most common types of accidents we see coming from Holland America Line staff and passengers alike. 

However, if you have been injured in another type of incident we did include below, do not hesitate to contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your opportunities for financial relief. With that in mind, here are some of the top types of accidents that occur aboard Holland America Lines:

When to Sue For Damages After a Holland America Line Cruise

If you were traveling on or working as a crew member aboard a Holland America line, you may have the right to compensation for your damages. There are multiple ways in which you may be able to access the compensation that you are entitled to, depending on whether you are considered a Holland America Line crew member, other employees, or were simply hoping to enjoy a fun-filled vacation. 

Generally, cruise line workers may be eligible for benefits via the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). Similar to worker’s compensation benefits, LHWCA benefits allow those who work on or around the navigable waters to access the financial support they need while recuperating from an on-the-job injury. You might be able to get your medical expenses covered, receive a portion of your lost income, and potentially be entitled to vocational rehabilitation benefits.

Those traveling aboard a Holland America Line cruise for leisure may be able to recover their damages in full by pursuing a civil lawsuit against those responsible for causing their injuries. If your injuries were caused by an attack or assault, dangerous conditions aboard the ship, or you lost a loved one in a drowning accident, taking legal action against Holland America Line and other at-fault parties may be the best way to maximize the amount of compensation you are awarded for your damages.

Injured seamen may be entitled to specific types of benefits by filing a claim through the Jones Act. Here, not only are you entitled to the same types of economic damages and non-economic damages paid out in civil claims but you may also be entitled to maintenance and cure, which cover your medical bills and necessary living expenses.

How to Maximize the Compensation You Are Awarded 

After being injured aboard a Holland America line cruise, you may be ready to demand justice. Maximizing the amount of compensation you are awarded is one of the top ways you may be able to hold the fall party accountable and access the financial support you will need to get through these difficult times.

You should always be prepared to pursue all potential opportunities for financial recovery. Although dealing with an insurance company and bringing your case to trial may be the last thing you want to deal with, unfortunately, doing so is necessary if you hope to recover every loss you have endured. Between insurance claims and trial verdicts, you may have the opportunity to access compensation for every single loss you have experienced, including:

  • Loss of income
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Existing and future medical expenses
  • Loss of household services
  • Inconvenience and embarrassment
  • Damage to your personal and professional reputations
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Personal property damages

Time is Limited to File Your Claim Against Holland America Line 

It is important to take action on your Holland America Line cruise claim as soon as possible. Whether you are seeking benefits through the LHWCA or pursuing a civil lawsuit, there are important deadlines you need to adhere to. 

If your claim is filed before these deadlines run out, the insurance company and court system can deny you the compensation and benefits you would have otherwise been entitled to. The sooner you get started on your case, the sooner your maritime injury lawyer can identify your damages and gather the compelling evidence we need to prove negligence and liability in your case.

What To Look For In A Holland America Line Accident Attorney

When you are considering your options for legal representation, selecting Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. could be the best decision you make for your case. You want a maritime attorney on your side who has considerable trial and negotiation experience, is prepared to handle the complexities of LHWCA and federal Jones Act laws, and has the resources to build a powerful case against Holland America Line or other liable parties. 

When you choose Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., you’re selecting a law firm that has been in business for over 50 years and has successfully recovered more than $300 million for our clients. We were named to “Best Lawyers” in America, and our founder, Mr. Lipcon is a member of the “Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum”. Our lawyers include Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime specialists and Superlawyers®, Best Lawyers®, and AVVO recognition recipients.

Successful Cases Against Holland America

Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have successfully defended against Holland America Line’s negligent actions for decades. There have been multiple lawsuits filed against HAL over the years. Our firm represented a seaman who filed a claim after suffering a secondary arm injury caused by Holland America Line’s negligence, which included the ship being unseaworthy, HAL failing to conduct thorough investigations, and failure to provide maintenance and cure. Holland America Line was also sued in August 2022 for failing to warn their passengers of potential dangers during excursions. They were accused of attempting to protect their own best interests as opposed to that of their passengers. That lawsuit is currently ongoing.

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Partnering With The Nation’s Leading Cruise Ship Lawyers

Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. was selected for 2023 SuperLawyers and “Best Law Firms”® from 2016 to 2023 by US News & World Report, among countless other awards. Four of our attorneys, Charles Lipcon, Jason Margulies, Michael Winkleman, and Jacqueline Garcell,  have all been named Best Lawyers® in America for 2024. If you have been seriously injured either working or traveling on board a Holland America Line cruise ship, you need a powerful legal advocate who isn’t afraid to go up against massive corporations like HAL. 

We are the nation’s leading maritime law firm, with 15 aggressive and experienced maritime attorneys across seven nationwide office locations. Contact us for a free consultation with a Holland America Line accident attorney. During this initial meeting, you will find out how you can hold the liable parties accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Call our office at 877-233-1238 or fill out our convenient contact form to get started on your case as soon as today.