At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., our cruise ship lawyers have extensive knowledge of maritime law as it applies to cruise lines.
Cruise ship accidents and claims involve a part of maritime law that pertains to cruise ships only. While much of the general maritime law has general application to cruise ship matters, there are special laws that apply just to cruise ships. For example, cruise lines often insert special provisions into their passenger tickets (which are authorized by United States federal statutes) that shorten the time in which a passenger may file a law suit against the cruise line to one year. The normal statute of limitations for admiralty and maritime matters is three years. Also cruise lines can designate, within their passenger tickets, the only location where they can be sued. This is referred to as a forum selection clause.
We Can Help Make Sense of the Fine Print
Most of the major cruise lines are based in Miami, Florida and designate Miami as the location where the suit must be litigated. In almost every case where passengers have been unaware of the cruise lines forum selection clause or have otherwise chosen to ignore it and filed a lawsuit in another jurisdiction, the lawsuit has been dismissed leaving the passenger with no means of recovery against the cruise line. Our experienced lawyers will put their knowledge to work and help you with your maritime legal issues.
Also, almost every cruise line vessel is registered in a foreign country and flies a foreign flag. Your cruise lawyer warns that the law of the country of registration of the vessel could potentially apply to events on cruise vessels and could potentially be more favorable to the claimant than United States law. This creates many opportunities for experienced admiralty attorneys and many obstacles for those attorneys who are unfamiliar with maritime law. For example, a ship that begins its voyage in Miami could have Florida law, United States law, or the law of the flag country and international treaties apply to events and occurrences which happen aboard the ship.
A Trusted Attorney Can Increase The Success of Your Case
Maritime law is very specialized and confusing, even to lawyers who are familiar with this area of law. There are things you can do as an aware and alert cruiser to avoid injury while vacationing on a cruise ship. All of our attorneys are experienced and familiar with the laws and regulations that will affect your case. Our lawyers are regularly featured in the media for their superior knowledge of maritime law. Having an experienced lawyer on your case is essential to ensuring your case resolves with the best possible outcome for you, the victim.
At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we are dedicated to helping all who experience an injury on a cruise ship to recover the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. Our firm is AV-rated, meaning our lawyers maintain the highest level of ethics in all we do and that we work diligently to make sure your rights are fully protected. Our firm has recovered more than $200 million dollars for clients, which includes cruise ship passengers*.
Why Choose Our Firm?
Our lawyers have extensive experience representing both passengers and crew members who have sustained injuries at sea while onboard cruise ships or other vessels. Injuries that occur on the high seas are very different than those that take place while on land. Cruise injuries to both passengers and crewmembers can be extremely severe – if not catastrophic – often becoming life-changing incidents or even fatalities. Maritime cases may be difficult to contend, given that cruise ships always include fine print in their cruise tickets and contracts, but with the help of a cruise ship injury lawyer, claims by injured passenger and crew can be brought forward successfully.
With over 100 years of combined experience in assisting victims and loved ones of those involved in cruise ship injury accidents, our injury lawyers will offer you superior legal counsel to ensure you obtain the maximum recovery for your case. Having already achieved several successful verdicts for those involved in cruise ship accidents, our law firm will ensure that you and your loved ones obtain the full extent of the benefits you deserve for your pain and suffering. You will know you chose to work with the right cruise ship injury lawyer when you have our law firm on your side fighting for your rights.
Achieving a favorable recovery for a maritime personal injury or fatality case requires lawyers that have specific knowledge of the laws that govern maritime matters. These types of cases can be difficult due to the advantages cruise ship companies have, including their non-disclosure policies that prevent them from releasing the names of those who are hurt, go missing, or who sustain fatal injuries, as well as their arguments that courts in the United States have no jurisdiction over what transpires over international waters, or their general negligence and lack of responsibility for dealing with injured crewmembers and passengers. Our lawyers understand the tactics cruise lines use, and have a proven track record of overcoming these obstacles in order to ensure the victims are the ones that benefit under the law.
In addition to our knowledge and extensive experience with cases involving injuries at sea, we prepare and try our own cases, so you can rest assured your individual case will not be farmed out to another law firm as a referral. Our lawyers also take the time to carefully and extensively review the details of your particular incident to give your case the personal attention it deserves. When working with a cruise ship injury lawyer from our firm, you can be sure you will always have an ethical legal professional at your side who will always keep you well informed regarding the status of your case and who will always make themselves available to offer you advice and support throughout the entire duration of your case.
As regulated by the Florida Bar, our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will never have to pay a single penny unless and until we obtain a successful recovery for your cruise ship injury case. Contact us today to work with an AV-rated lawyer who will diligently and passionately fight for your rights.
*Disclaimer required by the Florida Bar: The numbers above are the gross recoveries, before deduction for attorneys’ fees and expenses. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.