Cruise ship lawsuits pose a number of unique challenges since they fall under a specific category of maritime law. Not all personal injury attorneys have in-depth knowledge or experience with this complex area of the law.
The cruise ship accident lawyers of Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., represent both passengers and crew members who sustained injuries aboard Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines. With over 165 years of combined experience and dozens of precedent-setting cruise ship accident cases, we are some of the most seasoned maritime lawyers in the world.
We are located in Miami but serve passengers and crew members throughout the world.
About Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The cruise line operates out of Miami, Florida, and controls close to 20 percent of the worldwide cruise market. Known for naming its ships with the phrase “Of the Seas” at the end of each name, Royal Caribbean has close to 30 ships either currently operating or commissioned for construction in the future. Since Royal Caribbean International was first founded in 1968 in Norway by three shipping companies, the cruise line has grown substantially and now owns not only cruise ships but also two private island destinations: Labadee and Coco Cay.
Royal Caribbean boasts that it has received a Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Award for 13 years running, but unfortunately, while the company publicizes its successes, it makes no mention on its website of the numerous lawsuits brought against the cruise line resulting from various allegations of problems aboard its ships.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., has successfully represented passengers and crew members injured aboard Royal Caribbean literally hundreds of times. Notably, LM&W, P.A., is currently representing more than 300 passengers taking part in a proposed Royal Carribean class action lawsuit against the cruise liner based on the Anthem of the Seas knowingly and intentionally sailing into the path of a hurricane. When you need a maritime attorney to take action against Royal Caribbean, give us a call.
Royal Caribbean Ships
Royal Caribbean divides its ships into different classes, including the Quantum class, the Oasis Class, the Freedom Class, the Radiance Class, the Voyager Class, the Vision Class, and the Sovereign Class. Ships include:
- Adventure of the Seas
- Allure of the Seas
- Anthem of the Seas
- Brilliance of the Seas
- Enchantment of the Seas
- Explorer of the Seas
- Freedom of the Seas
- Grandeur of the Seas
- Independence of the Seas
- Jewel of the Seas
- Legend of the Seas
- Liberty of the Seas
- Majesty of the Seas
- Mariner of the Seas
- Navigator of the Seas
- Oasis of the Seas
- Quantum of the Seas
- Radiance of the Seas
- Rhapsody of the Seas
- Serenade of the Seas
- Splendor of the Seas
- Vision of the Seas
- Voyager of the Seas
Passengers aboard any and all ships face risks in the event of negligence on the part of Royal Caribbean. Sexual assault statistics for Royal Caribbean show one of the many grave dangers which could affect both passengers and crew members. Overboard accidents, passenger disappearance, shore excursion injuries, and a variety of other possible harms could all result in liability for Royal Caribbean International if it can be demonstrated the cruise company failed to exercise reasonable care.
Sexual Assault on Royal Caribbean
Sexual assault and rape on cruise ships are, unfortunately, common. Royal Caribbean is no exception.
Both passengers and crew members can be victims of sexual assault. If you were assaulted on a cruise ship, you are not alone and you don’t have to stay silent. Contact our cruise ship rape and assault lawyers today.
Cases Results Against Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean has a long record of being named as a defendant in Royal Carribean class actions and other types of civil actions based on cruise ship accidents. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., has represented clients in hundreds of prior cases against Royal Caribbean.
Class Actions Against Royal Caribbean International
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. represented more than 300 members of a class action arising from the February 2016 hurricane incident on the Anthem of the Seas. The Anthem of the Seas set sail despite the fact that several weather warnings had been issued prior to sailing — all of which noted the impending severe weather conditions. In fact, the National Weather Service’s own Ocean Prediction Center had sent out an alert four days prior to the ship setting sail, noting the probability of strong storms.
Still, instead of delaying or altering the route of the trip, the ship sailed directly into hurricane-force winds. In doing so, Royal Caribbean subjected all of the passengers onboard that vessel to hours of sheer terror and fear for their safety and the safety of their families.
Maritime attorney Michael Winkleman with Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. in Florida filed the proposed class-action suit on February 25, 2016, on behalf of New Jersey resident Frank DeLuca and all other similarly-situated passengers. In a news conference held that same day, Winkleman stated that the cruise line “knowingly and intentionally sailed into what was essentially a hurricane.”
In addition, we represented a class action of individuals stranded in Texas due to Royal Caribbean’s refusal to cancel the Liberty of the Seas in the days leading up to Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Instead of offering refunds or vouchers so that guests could take necessary safety measures, the company insisted that it would be departing on time, and that any guests who chose not to board would lose their entire financial investment in the trip. This decision by Royal Caribbean placed guests in the path of one of the worst storms in history, only to be trapped in Houston hotels for days, at their own expense. Cruise guests were surrounded by floodwaters, stuck in leaking hotels, and gravely concerned over food shortages.
Other notable cases against Royal Caribbean handled by our firm include the following:
- Passenger Broken Hip Injury Settlement – $Confidential. Our client suffered a significant injury after slipping and falling on a wet deck surface of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. Our lawsuit sought compensation due to the cruise line’s negligence, as it failed to provide safe conditions or alert passengers to the presence of hazardous conditions.
- Crewmember Injury Arbitration Award – $970,230. Our client, a stateroom attendant aboard a Royal Caribbean ship, suffered injuries due to the cruise line’s failure to provide treatment for chronic kidney disease. Arbitration awarded the plaintiff $970,230 and ordered the cruise line to provide treatment, including dialysis.
- Passenger Orthopedic Injury Settlement – $Confidential. While attempting to ride an onboard surfing attraction on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, our client was thrown into a wall and sustained serious injuries. Our lawsuit sought compensation due to the cruise line’s improper modifications of the attraction to fit on the ship, causing it to pose a danger to riders.
- Crewmember Injury Settlement – $560,000. Our client, a waiter aboard Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas, sustained a serious injury to his wrist. The cruise line refused to provide the victim treatment in Miami, instead of requiring him to seek treatment in the Philippines, where surgical errors left him with a disability and long-term pain.
- Passenger Finger Amputation Injury Settlement – $Confidential. While aboard a Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas, our client’s finger was severed in a mechanical door. The ship’s doctor reattached the finger rather than evacuating the victim for immediate treatment. The victim ultimately required amputation due to the ship’s doctor’s negligence.
Although these and other case results we have achieved may not reflect the outcome of your claim, we have the knowledge and experience to help you get the justice you deserve.
How a Royal Caribbean Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Our firm can provide representation for crew members; victims of discrimination by Royal Caribbean; victims injured by overboard accidents; shore excursion accidents; drowning and near-drowning incidents; injuries caused by ship amenities; and for all other passengers who wish to pursue claims. With a track record of successful claims against Royal Caribbean, Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., can be trusted with your claim for compensation.
Some of the types of cruise ship passenger injury cases we handle include:
- Cruise ship passenger injuries,
- Cruise ship rape and assault,
- Passenger disappearances,
- Passenger overboard accidents,
- Passenger drowning incidents, and
- Shore excursion injuries
We also assist crewmembers and employees of cruise lines with seamen claims.
Unfortunately, as enjoyable as spending time on a cruise can be, a pleasant vacation can turn deadly in seconds. Too often, passengers sustain life-threatening or even fatal injuries simply because the cruise line failed to do enough to protect its passengers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Royal Caribbean Lawsuits
The following are just a few of the many questions that we are happy to answer (or at least start the discussion about) during your free initial consultation, and work aggressively towards finding the full answer during our work together. Keep in mind that these questions and answers are meant to provide you with a general overview of your question, and not to be taken as legal advice. The sooner you contact our firm of Royal Caribbean lawsuit attorneys, the sooner we can get to work on your case.
If Royal Caribbean company wants me to sign paperwork after my injury, am I required to do so?
Do not sign any paperwork, with the Royal Caribbean crew, or anyone else, until you are working with an attorney and they are able to advise you on every step through this process. Oftentimes the ship will attempt to have the victim of the accident sign a liability waiver or a statement accepting responsibility for the accident in order to reduce their own liability, or in an attempt to eliminate their liability entirely. It is critical to understand that once an accident or injury occurs, the cruise line is no longer your friend. Instead, they will do whatever they can to protect the company, at your expense.
When you have a lawyer who is able to help you through this process, you can either leave all of the communications up to them, or can discuss your choices and options when presented with things such as statements and waivers to ensure that you are taking the right steps to protect your own legal interests first and foremost.
What should I do if I am injured on a Royal Caribbean cruise liner and must remain on the ship for a few days after the accident?
It can feel very claustrophobic and overwhelming if you are injured on a cruise ship and do not have a way to get off the ship for a few days until you make it to port. In these cases, it is important that you contact a Royal Caribbean injury law firm as soon as possible so that your attorney can provide you with remote guidance during this time.
Be sure that you get medical attention for your injuries, but remember that the onboard physician and medical staff are all employees of Royal Caribbean Cruise Liners, meaning that, as with any other staff, they will be looking for ways to limit the liability that their employers are ultimately responsible for. Be careful of anything that you stay to medical staff, and avoid discussing how the accident happened or what you were doing to possibly have helped cause it.
Should I accept the settlement offer from Royal Caribbean Cruise Liners?
As with all other steps in the injury claims process after being hurt on a Royal Caribbean cruise, you should not accept any offers or agree to anything until you are working with an attorney and have trusted legal representation. Typically, the initial offer that a company will offer you is far less than what you are rightfully entitled to, and is simply an attempt to take advantage of your stress about the situation in order to resolve the case quickly and inexpensively.
When you have an attorney who will represent you through the process, they will be able to use this settlement offer as the starting point to ongoing negotiations that are meant to reach an agreement that fairly compensates you. Without negotiating a settlement, you will ultimately walk away with a paltry amount of money that may not even cover the immediate costs and damages that you suffer as a result of the negligent, reckless, or otherwise dangerous behavior on behalf of Royal Caribbean.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Lawsuit Against Royal Caribbean?
Cruise lines have specific ticketing conditions that require injured passengers to take legal action within one year of the injury accident. By comparison, the Florida statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years. This shortened window makes it essential that you speak with a lawyer right away. The last thing you want is to lose your right to financial recovery from Royal Caribbean because of the fine print of the ticket contract.
The one-year limitations period contained in most cruise tickets has consistently been enforced by courts. This brief period—significantly shorter than for most types of personal injury claims—can take people by surprise. More importantly, depending on the small print of your ticketing limitations, you may be required to submit written notice of your claim to Royal Caribbean within six months of the injury.
Do not let this deter you. If you think that you have a case against Royal Caribbean, contact us today for a free consultation.
Where Do I File My Royal Caribbean Lawsuit?
In addition to limiting the time you have to file a lawsuit, most cruise lines impose restrictions on where you must file. Royal Caribbean, for example, requires that you file suit in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, specifically in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Venue restrictions can cause further confusion for you, as you might not realize these limitations exist. Even experienced personal injury attorneys might not be aware of venue restrictions if they don’t have direct experience with cruise ship lawsuits.
Fortunately, our headquarters is located in Miami, Florida, where the vast majority of cruise line cases must be filed. There are a few exceptions for cruise lines that require suit to be filed in California or Washington State, but we have attorneys licensed in both California and Washington precisely for that purpose!
If you sustained injuries in a cruise ship accident, talking to an attorney with direct experience will help ensure your claim complies with all the necessary requirements.
What Is the Average Royal Caribbean Lawsuit Settlement Value?
Every injury accident case is unique. The value of your claim will depend on the details of your case. You may be able to recover compensation for any required medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma.
To learn more about what your case value might be, contact one of our experienced cruise ship accident attorneys. We analyze the details of your case and provide you with the information you need to get started on the legal process.
If you lost a loved one in a cruise ship-related accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for funeral expenses, lost income and inheritance, loss of companionship, and other damages. Although a settlement or award won’t bring your loved one back, it will give you peace of mind for the future.
Can I File a Royal Caribbean Class Action Lawsuit?
Historically, injury victims have joined together successfully to pursue class-action lawsuits against Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines. Today, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and how cruise lines handled coronavirus victims, a new round of legal action is expected and several such class action cases have been filed by our firm
COVID-related Royal Caribbean class action lawsuits may be an effective way for victims and their families to obtain justice and financial compensation for their injuries and other damages. If you or a family member was a passenger or crew member who suffered harm—or if you lost a loved one in a coronavirus-related cruise ship incident—we can help you.
Contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A,. to learn more about becoming involved in a class-action lawsuit against Royal Caribbean.
Talk to a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Today
Time is of the essence if you sustained injuries related to Royal Caribbean. If you don’t act within the allotted time, you could lose your right to recover compensation. Before you give a statement, sign any documents, or agree to any proposed settlement, contact LM&W, P.A., today.
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for anyone who was injured aboard a cruise ship. Contact us online or call 877-233-1238 to speak to one of our experienced attorneys about Royal Caribbean lawsuits.
Other Companies Sued
- American Seafoods
- Antillean Marine Shipping Corp.
- Azamara Cruise Lines
- 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
- Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
- 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