Nicknamed “The Sunshine State,” Florida is one of the top travel destinations in the world. Millions of people visit the state on a yearly basis for business purposes or to partake of a little fun in the sun. With more than 600 miles of beach and more than 11,000 miles of waterways, rivers and streams, individuals looking for a variety of water activities can certainly find something to meet their needs.
Florida has 15 public seaports, all of which play a crucial role in the state’s economy and the lives of Floridians. Combined, the seaports generate more than 680,000 indirect and direct jobs and contribute $96 billion to the state via cruise and cargo activities. As a matter of fact, the Florida Ports Council notes maritime activities count for about 13 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and $2.4 billion in local and state taxes.
We Help Accident Victims
Many Floridians and visitors to the state spend their days and nights on the water. Between all the cruises that come to and leave from Florida’s ports, along with those who work in offshore-related jobs, accidents are bound to happen at some point. That is why it is imperative for anyone who has sustained injuries while on a ship or while performing certain offshore duties to contact a knowledgeable maritime lawyer as soon as possible after the incident.
Our attorneys are dedicated to helping harmed individuals and their families deal with the after effects of maritime accidents. We have been fighting for the rights of injured crew members and passengers for over 40 years and we have extensive knowledge of seaman’s rights, the Jones Act and the laws governing cruise ship injuries.
Why Should You Hire Us?
We at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman appreciate the fact that dealing with injuries is a difficult task all on its own. For families who are dealing with a loved one’s death after a maritime accident, thinking of anything other than what has occurred can be impossible. Still, it is important for individuals to seek legal guidance as soon as possible after the accident because the law has short deadlines and we do not want you to miss your opportunity to obtain justice.
For example, if you were an injured cruise ship passenger, the statute of limitations may be as short as one year and require the cruise line to receive notice of the claim within six months of the incident. For injured seamen, claims involving death or personal injury typically must be brought within three years of occurrence. Accordingly, you should not delay in seeking legal guidance.
Contact Us Today
Our legal team can handle a variety of cases involving injuries or assaults on the water, to include those that occur onboard cruise ships, boats, tankers, yachts, jet skis and any other type of vessel. We will examine the facts of your case and determine the appropriate course of action to take to get you the best outcome possible. Maritime law is complex, but when you work with our attorneys, we will help you understand your legal options. If you or a loved one has questions or concerns about how maritime laws may affect the outcome of your case, contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. today.