Norwegian Cruise Line is the third-largest cruise company in the world, with a market share of roughly 8.7% of all cruise passengers as of 2018. The company is based in Miami, but is incorporated in Bermuda, which can lead to some confusion about where and how to file a claim against the company as either a crewmember or passenger. The team at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has successfully handled and resolved literallly hundreds of cases against Norwegian Cruise Lines and its subsidiaries, Oceania and Regent — representing both crew and passengers for a wide range of injuries. Let us put our wealth of experience in cases against NCL to work for you.
A Brief History of Norwegian Cruise Line
The company first began operating as a car-ferry connecting Southampton, UK, and Gibraltar, Spain, under the name Norwegian Caribbean Line in 1966 and has since grown to become a company boasting a market cap of $9.82 billion.
In 1979, the company acquired a ship called France, rehabilitated the ship, and renamed it Norway. Norway was the largest existing cruise ship at the time, and it remained in service until 2003, when a boiler explosion in the Port of Miami forced the ship to be retired.
Norwegian Cruise Line has expanded and changed significantly since the company first began operations. Today, Norwegian Cruise Line has a large fleet of ships, and the company provides the opportunity for passengers to enjoy “freestyle cruising” as they travel to destinations in Alaska, Bermuda, Europe, and Hawaii.
- Types of Cruise Ship Accidents on Norwegian Cruises
- What to Look for in a Norwegian Cruise Line Attorney
- Successful Cases Against Norwegian Cruise Line
- Our Reputation for Suing Cruise Lines
- Our Years of Experience Suing Norwegian Cruise Lines
The Norwegian Cruise Ships
The many passengers who travel aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships each year have 18 different options for which vessel they wish to travel on, including the fleet’s newest ship and class, scheduled to be launched in Summer 2022: the Prima. Norwegian’s fleet includes:
- Norwegian Bliss
- Norwegian Breakaway
- Norwegian Dawn
- Norwegian Encore
- Norwegian Epic
- Norwegian Escape
- Norwegian Gem
- Norwegian Getaway
- Norwegian Jade
- Norwegian Jewel
- Norwegian Joy
- Norwegian Pearl
- Norwegian Prima (coming Summer 2022)
- Norwegian Sky
- Norwegian Spirit
- Norwegian Star
- Norwegian Sun
- Pride of America
Norwegian has added increasingly larger vessels to its fleet over the past few years, culminating with its largest-ever ship, the Norwegian Encore, in 2019. The latest line of ships, the Prima Class, are smaller than the Encore and the rest of the Breakaway Plus Class, but boasts cutting-edge amenities including a glass bridge, expansive deck spaces, and the highest staff count of any new ship.
Types of Cruise Ship Accidents on Norwegian Cruises
Rapes, drownings, and many other types of accidents aboard Norwegian ships have caused substantial harm to crew members, young children, elderly passengers, and cruise passengers of all ages. Like all of the cruise lines, NCL has a significant number of rapes and sexual assaults. NCL has also created dangerous situations by encouraging excessive intoxication with the all-inclusive alcohol options available on some of its ships.
When Norwegian cruise ship accidents arise because of the company’s negligence or because of a failure to take reasonable steps to protect crew members and passengers from harm, a cruise ship injury lawyer should be sought to provide assistance to the victims seeking compensation for their losses. You may be able to recover compensation for a range of issues such as:
- Shore excursion accidents
- Injuries to passengers
- Falling overboard
- Injuries to cruise ship workers
- Sexual assault
- Asbestos-related illness
- Improper Medical Care
For many of these claims, you will have to demonstrate that the cruise line was negligent. This means that:
- The cruise line had a duty to use reasonable care under the circumstances
- It breached this duty
- The breach caused an accident or injury
- You suffered damage as a result of the injury
Additionally, there are some legal limitations on what a cruise ship can disclaim as a matter of public policy. An experienced cruise ship attorney can review the terms of your ticket and help you understand your options. Understanding your rights after a cruise ship accident, whether as a crewmember or passenger, can be confusing and overwhelming, but when you are partnered with our firm, you can stay focused on your recovery while we fight to get you the money you deserve. We have successfully handled so many cases like yours, we know all the rights moves to make to maximize your chances of success.
What to Look for in a Norwegian Cruise Line Accident Attorney
Cruise ship injury cases are unique. They can involve a number of issues that aren’t present in most other types of personal injury cases. For example, cruise ships are subject to maritime law, so many of the principles that apply to injuries on land work differently when you suffer an injury on a ship. Even a highly experienced personal injury lawyer may find themself lost at sea when confronted with a cruise ship injury case.
Additionally, cruise lines have deep pockets. They have teams of lawyers ready to put down attempts by passengers and workers to obtain compensation for their injuries. To adequately confront the legal resources of a big cruise line like Norwegian, you need an attorney with a proven track record of success against such companies.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., has worked for nearly 50 years to achieve positive outcomes for clients, build a national and international reputation of capability, and focus its experience on cruise ship cases and other maritime issues. You can trust that you are in good hands with LM&W.
Successful Cases Against Norwegian Cruise Line
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., has pursued legal action against Norwegian in many cases. We have demonstrated that we are prepared and ready to take on Norwegian Cruise Line in litigation and that we can routinely be successful. Every case is different, and reviewing past cases does not necessarily tell you what to expect in your cases. However, cases such as the following demonstrate LM&W’s capabilities and our dedication to our clients.
Igac v. Norwegian Cruise Line- $662,165 jury verdictA waiter slipped on the floor of a lifeboat and fell out into the water seven stories belowIgac was a Turkish waiter on one of Norwegian’s ships. During a lifeboat drill, another crewmember got into Igac’s way, causing him to step back. Igac slipped on the floor of the lifeboat and fell out into the water seven stories below, suffering injuries to his back, knee, and elbow. Norwegian argued that Igac’s back injuries were preexisting and that he should not have been standing up in the lifeboat. We enlisted several experts to help prove Igac’s claim. A jury found that Norwegian was 85% responsible for the accident and awarded Igac $662,165.Read More
Wallace v. NCLSuccess helping hundreds of cabin stewards recover damages caused by NCLWe successfully represented hundreds of NCL cabin stewards and recovered damages on their behalf based on them being forced to pay others, called helpers, to complete their assigned duties on embarkation day. These are a but a tiny few of the literally hundreds of successful cases against NCL. Virtually all settlements include confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements. This limits our ability to publically share our countless positive results for our clients.Read More
Our Reputation for Suing Cruise Lines
When selecting a cruise line attorney, their reputation can tell you a lot about their capabilities. A strong reputation can also go a long way in negotiations. When a cruise line sees Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.’s name on your complaint, they will know you aren’t a plaintiff to be trifled with. They know they won’t be able to get away with a lowball settlement offer and that we will be able to see through ill-conceived defenses that may work with less capable attorneys.
LM&W has cultivated a reputation for excellence through nearly 50 years in the industry. Our partners are go-to contacts for major news organizations like ABC, NBC, FOX News, TIME, The Washington Post, and CNN. When one of these outlets wants to do a story about cruise line issues, they call our attorneys for commentary. With many cruise line incidents—such as the recent mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic on some ships—capturing national attention, news organizations rely on our expertise more and more frequently. In fact, our attorneys have been featured on over 100 nationally broadcast television programs.
We also receive numerous accolades every year recognizing the skills of our firm and our individual attorneys. U.S. News and World Report has named us as a Best Law Firm for the last five years running, and in 2020, it named our attorney Charles R. Lipcon as Lawyer of the Year in admiralty and maritime law. Our firm has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating—its highest peer rating standard—as well as recognition by organizations like Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and more.
Years of Focused Experience in Suing Norwegian Cruises
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.’s practice focuses on maritime issues that affect clients all over the world. We have honed our expertise on cruise ship injuries and other maritime law issues over many years, and our clients benefit from our depth of experience and knowledge. Our knowledge and experience will work in your advantage as we fight to get you the money that you deserve after a Norwegian Cruise Line accident.
Our understanding of maritime law allows us to do things that other firms can’t. We aren’t afraid to tackle new and novel issues of law in pursuing our client’s best interests. In fact, we have been involved in numerous landmark cases that have helped to shape maritime and cruise ship law in Florida and around the country.
For example, we spent decades fighting to hold cruise lines responsible for sexual assaults at sea based on a failure to warn passengers. Despite resistance from the cruise ship industry, we relentlessly pursued justice for these passengers, obtaining a number of confidential monetary settlements. Then in 2019, we were instrumental in obtaining an appellate decision officially holding that cruise lines must warn passengers of sexual assault risks. We are extremely proud of our role in helping to prevent future cruise ship sexual assaults.
LM&W has the experience, resources, and skills necessary to obtain the best possible outcome in your case following a Norwegian cruise line accident. With our firm, you can feel confident that you are in capable hands.
Frequently Asked Questions About Norwegian Cruise Ship Accidents and Lawsuits
After an accident aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, you will certainly have many questions about your options and your rights, as well as what you can expect in the coming weeks and months as you fight to get the compensation that you rightfully deserve. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are happy to represent you as your Norwegian Cruise Line accident attorneys, and will be able to answer the following frequently asked questions in specific detail for you during our initial consultation and throughout the work that we do together.
After a Norwegian cruise ship accident, should I sign any paperwork or documents presented by the Norwegian Cruise Line staff?
Under no circumstances should you ever sign any paperwork, submit a statement, or take any other legally-binding steps after an accident on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship – or anywhere else, for that matter. Contact an attorney as soon as possible, and politely inform the cruise line staff that you wish to hold off on making any statements or anything else beyond getting treated for your injuries until you have an attorney representing you. We will be happy to talk you through the remainder of your time on the cruise and handle any communications possible for the duration of your stay to ensure that you take all of the appropriate measures.
What is the easiest way to find a cruise ship accident lawyer if I am still onboard the cruise ship?
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has a successful history pursuing cases against Norwegian Cruise Lines after accidents, as well as many of the other cruise lines. . We will be happy to work with you remotely while you are still onboard the cruise ship after your accident and provide you with guidance and representation until you are ashore - at which point we can take over the majority of the legal and administrative steps so that you can focus on recovery.
Do I need a lawyer after a Norwegian Cruise Line accident, or should I be able to file a claim on my own?
There are no laws in the United States that require a personal injury or cruise ship accident victim to work with an attorney, but if you want to have the best chance of getting the money you deserve, working with an attorney is the best way. Cruise ship companies have had decades to hone their approach to accidents, assaults, and other injuries on their ships, and they employ aggressive tactics to restrict the victim’s rights, limit the amount of money paid out as damages, and keeping the story from being publicly known. Working with a lawyer gives you an advantage by being represented by an experienced cruise ship accident attorney who can help you combat these tacts and work towards the money that you are rightfully owed.
How much is my case worth after a Norwegian Cruise Line accident and injury?
Determining the value of your case is a complex process that will require a deep look at things such as the severity of your injuries, the circumstances surrounding the accident, and other issues relating to the cause of the accident; concurrently, we will need to look at your finances and the impacts to your personal and professional life that this accident has had so that we can quantify the financial value for your economic and non-economic damages. Calculating the damages is the first step in the process, and we will likely need to go through a series of negotiations or a court case in order to get you a final award that adequately compensates you..
Contact LM&W If You’re Injured or Assaulted While Onboard a NCL Cruise Ship
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., has successfully pursued cases against some of the world’s largest cruise lines, including Norwegian Cruise Lines and both subsidiaries, Oceania and Regent. We are ready to provide assistance if you are the victim of a rape or sexual assault, accidental injury, or any of the many harms that can occur while traveling on major cruise ships. Crewmembers and passengers have different rights and legal requirements in the event of an injury or assault, but we are experienced in both of these processes and ready to help you get the money you are owed.
Find out more about your options for getting help from an experienced attorney who has handled cases related to sexual violence, as well as those arising from cruise ship injuries suffered by passengers or crew members. Call us now at (877) 233-1238 for a free consultation or contact us online to find out how we can help with your case.