By:   Charles R. Lipcon

Our Cruise Ship Lawyers Hold the Negligent Cruise Industry Accountable

The respected cruise passenger disappearance attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have locations strategically placed across 7 offices throughout the U.S. We are equipped with 16 experienced cruise ship accident attorneys and are widely recognized as the nation’s top-rated cruise ship accident and injury law firm. We have handled more than 3,000 cases in our 50+ years of advocating for client’s rights. We have dedicated our careers to this since we opened our doors back in 1971, and have successfully recovered more than $300 million for cruise ship accident victims and families over the years; that number only continues to grow. Several of our attorneys have been selected to “Best Lawyers” ® and our firm has been named to “Best Law Firms” ® in America by US News & World Report annually as far back as 2016.

Our founder, Charles Lipcon, handled some of the country’s landmark cruise ship accident claims, effectively shaping the way the nation handles hotel, resort, and maritime injury cases. Our attorneys regularly appear as experts in maritime and personal injury law on some of the country’s most respected news programs and TV shows. Whether your family member was working as a cruise ship crewmember or was traveling as a passenger when they disappeared without a trace, our cruise ship injury attorneys are here for you.

Our success in handling cruise ship disappearances is unmatched. Although we cannot bring your family member back, we can take steps to hold irresponsible and reckless cruise lines accountable for their negligence. These disappearances occur with far more regularity than you may have previously expected. Far too many missing passengers are assumed to have gone overboard and committed suicide when this may not be the case.

Our dedicated cruise passenger disappearance attorneys can help you get through these difficult times, navigate the complicated investigation process, and ensure liable cruise ships are held accountable for your loved one’s disappearance. Continue reading to learn more about how our Miami-based maritime lawyers can help you demand justice. Contact our team as soon as possible to schedule your 100% free consultation and get our 200+ years of combined experience working for you.

Registering the Reality

In a January, 2013 study, U.S.A. Today reported that only one major cruise ship – Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America – is a vessel registered in the United States. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, 90 percent of all commercial vessels (which include cargo and other commercial activities) calling on U.S. port fly foreign flags. Common registries include the Bahamas, Malta, Italy, the Netherlands, Bermuda and Panama.

When an individual on a ship’s manifest disappears, a report must be sent to the vessel’s flag country. Obtaining information from foreign countries can be difficult, if not impossible. It is often easier and ultimately less expensive to consult an experienced cruise ship lawyer for assistance.

Man Overboard Statistics

Although falling from a cruise ship into the water is a somewhat rare occurrence, a documented handful of passengers and crew fall overboard each year. Below are a few statistics about overboard falls:

  • The average age of a person who falls overboard is 41 years old.
  • Males are more likely to fall overboard than females.
  • Falling overboard is statistically most common on the last night of a cruise.
  • California and Florida are the two most frequent states of residency of people who fall overboard.
  • Most people who fall overboard are either drunk or engaged in tomfoolery (climbing between cabins or playing on railings).
  • Only 16 of 74 people who have been documented falling off cruise ships between February 2000 and May 2013 survived: barely 22 percent or about one in five.
  • The longest time a survivor was found alive in the water was after 18 hours, in 2003.

We Help Families Demand Justice for Missing Persons at Sea

Our top-rated cruise passenger disappearances lawyers have years of experience handling a wide variety of maritime accident and cruise ship injury claims. Four of our attorneys have been selected as “Best Lawyers” ® and our firm has been chosen as one of the “Best Law Firms” ® in the U.S. by US News & World Report for nearly a decade. When your family member was traveling aboard a cruise and suddenly disappeared, we will fight tirelessly to ensure the cruise line is held accountable if their negligence or misconduct contributed to your loved one’s disappearance.

When someone you love disappears while traveling aboard a cruise, our cruise ship accident attorneys are here to help you uncover the truth and hold reckless cruise lines accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. immediately or call our office at 877–233–1238 for a no-cost, risk-free consultation and connect with a respected cruise passenger disappearance attorney as soon as today.