The United States Leading FlowRider Injury and Accident Lawyers Help Victims Fight for Justice and the Compensation They Deserve
Our FlowRider accident and injury attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are America’s top-rated maritime injury and accident law firm. Since opening our doors in 1971, we have recovered more than $300 million for our clients and have millions more in pending litigation and settlement negotiations. Our 16 maritime attorneys across our nationwide office locations have more than 200 years of combined experience and have successfully handled more than 3,000 cases in our careers.
We have been recognized for our unparalleled success, with four of our attorneys being selected as “Best Lawyers”®, “Lawyer of the Year”® in Admiralty and Maritime (Miami), and Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. being named to “Best Law Firms” ® by US News & World Report annually as far back as 2016. We are committed to helping FlowRider accident victims recover the compensation they are entitled to after suffering catastrophic and life-changing injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.
FlowRider attractions often lead to permanent injury or even death. Our firm has successfully handled multiple catastrophic injury Flowrider claims for cruise ship passengers and crew members across the world. Founding attorney Charles Lipcon even successfully represented some of the nation’s landmark maritime and cruise ship accident cases that shaped how the civil court system handles these claims. Several of our attorneys regularly appear on talk show programs and respected national news programs as experts surrounding cruise ship accidents and maritime injuries. This makes us uniquely equipped to help you navigate the often complex claims process.
Continue reading to learn more about how our FlowRider accident and injury attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. can help you demand justice. Contact our team today to schedule your free consultation so we can help you take on the liable party.
Severe Injuries Are Common With Flowrider Surfing Accidents
Flowriding is a relatively new sport that was invented in the 1980s, a mixture of surfing, skateboarding, bodyboarding, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and similar sports. A FlowRider is a machine that uses an approximately three-inch high sheet of water to create an artificial wave designed to mimic an ocean wave, but on the FlowRider, the wave is stationary. Many flowriders are novices, but there are also world championship events in the sport, where riders perform tricks similar to surfing competitions.
The FlowRider is capable of a full capacity flow of more than 100,000 gallons of water per minute, creating waves up to six feet high. Water flows at a speed of 20 to 35 miles per hour, with a much higher flow rate than a real ocean wave.
While flowriding has the potential to be fun and harmless, it can also be quite dangerous, particularly for amateur riders who have little to no experience with the activity, such as the typical cruise ship passenger. As a water sport, flowriding carries the danger of accidental drowning, and the speeds and energy involved in the activity mean that falls are common. Consequences of FlowRider accidents may include:
- Broken bones
- Sprains, strains, and bruises
- Head, neck, and spine injuries
Cruise Lines Are Liable For FlowRider Accidents
As the venue hosting a dangerous activity, cruise lines may be liable for injuries resulting from accidents onboard, including FlowRider accidents. Although a cruise line will attempt to shield themselves from liability by making you sign a liability waiver before allowing you to ride a FlowRider or similar activity, this does not absolve them of liability in all cases. In fact, Federal law actually voids any such waiver! If a cruise line is found liable for your injury, you are likely eligible to be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens If I Was Severely Injured From A FlowRider?
If you suffered a severe injury on a FlowRider, the first and most important step to take is to get immediate and adequate medical attention. Not only does appropriate medical attention give you the best chance at recovery, but it also serves as an objective record of the severity of your injuries and how they occurred, which is important information in any liability claim.
Aside from medical attention, an injured passenger or someone on their behalf should do their best to accurately document what happened leading up to, during, and following the injury. Note any possible malfunctions of the machine or mistakes made by staff. Get the contact details for witnesses to your injury, and make sure the cruise line creates an accident report.
What If I Signed The Royal Caribbean Liability Waiver?
Don’t panic, Federal law says that such a waiver is void and unenforceable! You may be under the impression that by signing a liability waiver for onboard activities, you have signed away your right to sue Royal Caribbean for any injuries you may suffer. Luckily, this is not necessarily true. Any accident that was a result of Royal Caribbean’s negligence, either as a company or on the part of individual employees, will typically be eligible for compensation.
For example, if the cruise line failed to properly maintain the activity or equipment used on the activity, they would likely be liable for injuries resulting from this failure. Failure to properly warn passengers of the risks of a dangerous activity such as flowriding, allowing dangerous conditions to persist on the attraction, failing to provide properly trained lifeguards and activity operators to supervise the activity, failing to protect an injured rider from further injury, or failing to give medical assistance in the event of an injury may be other conditions under which the cruise line would be liable for a passenger’s injury.
Our International Cruise Ship Injury Law Firm Offers Aggressive Legal Counsel to FlowRider Accident Victims Around the World
Our team of experienced flowrider accident and injury lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are ready to help you hold negligent cruise lines and other liable parties accountable for your damages. We have the honor of being named “Lawyer of the Year” ® in Admiralty and Maritime (Miami) and were selected to “Best Law Firms” ® in America by US News & World Report for nearly the last 10 years. For more than 50 years we have fought our clients to get the compensation and justice they deserve. With our experience and insight into national and international cruise ship laws, we are uniquely qualified to help you through these difficult times.
If you or someone you love has suffered devastating injuries in a FlowRider accident and you are unsure of where to turn for help, do not hesitate. Contact us immediately or call our office at 877–233–1238 to speak with a reputable maritime injury attorney and schedule your confidential and free consultation.