Hawaii Maritime Lawyers

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Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has an office located in Hawaii to better serve passengers and crew injured or assaulted at sea anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands, whether on a cruise ship, tour boat, or any other vessel. Our Hawaii office is located on Maui, where many cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America sail from. In addition to cruise ship accidents, we can help with boat excursion accidents such as sunset sails, whale and dolphin tours, snorkel and diving tour accidents, and more.  From our Maui office, we are also able to help passengers and crew injured on Hawai’i (The Big Island), Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe. Our strategically positioned Hawaii office also serves as a gateway to our clients in Australia, where we are actively working on catastrophic injuries resulting from a Royal Caribbean shore excursion.  

In Hawaii, boat excursions are plentiful, and while all of these activities usually result in an enjoyable time, sometimes things do not go as planned. Cruise ship passengers, vacationers, honeymooners, and locals alike end up injured or even assaulted while at sea. These vessels are operated by hard-working teams and crew who can also be injured or assaulted while performing their duties, whether working for a cruise line, a shipping company, or a tour operator. 

Since injuries or assaults that occur on the high seas fall under United States Maritime Law, anyone injured at sea needs an experienced maritime lawyer to help them get the compensation they deserve. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., a leading firm in maritime law with offices throughout the United States, has helped thousands injured at sea.. With seven consecutive years of being named to “Best Law Firms”® by US News & World Report and the title of “Lawyer of the Year”® in Admiralty and Maritime, you can trust our firm to handle your case effectively.

Our Hawaii Practice Areas

At Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., our experienced attorneys are ready to help you with your case. Our practice areas include:

Cruises Departing To and Arriving In Hawaii

For good reason, Hawaii is a popular stopover and port for many major cruise lines. Major companies like Norwegian Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America all offer a variety of packages departing from Honolulu. While this departure location is an excellent option for those who want to arrive and return to such a beautiful area, Hawaii, like all other states that are home to major cruise ports, is covered under Maritime Law, and filing lawsuits against a cruise liner after an accident is very complicated.  

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident while on a cruise that departed from Hawaii, contact our law firm as soon as possible to speak with an experienced maritime attorney during a free consultation. We understand how difficult it is to make sense of these complex legal concepts — especially after suffering from a severe injury or the untimely loss of a loved one — and we want to make sure that you understand your rights and are confident in our ability to represent your case. 

As a client of Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., you can stay focused on your recovery while we bring the fight to the cruise lines or shipping companies to get you the money you deserve. Contact us right away to get started.

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Boating Accidents in Hawaii 

Boat excursions are a great way to see Hawaii. There are many different types of boat trips, from shorter excursions such as dolphin and whale watching tours to all-day adventures sailing to remote areas of the islands to enjoy the beautiful coastlines and nearby islands, some of which are only accessible by boat.  Other boat tours offer snorkeling and scuba diving activities, while some offer slow-paced sunset cruises.

On any given day in Hawaii, thousands of people sign up for boating excursions to enjoy the many activities offered. Unfortunately, sometimes things do not go as planned, and both passengers and crew end up injured or assaulted. Residents and visitors alike don’t realize how common it is for people to be injured during these activities. Common accidents include slip & falls, injuries caused by faulty latches on windows or doorways, falling down the stairs, injuries from poorly designed gangways for docks, as well as injuries due to improper handling of the vessel. Crewmembers such as deckhands and captains working for the excursion companies can also be injured while performing their work duties. 

In addition, the combination of high surf and strong currents can make any water activity in Hawaii treacherous. Those jet skiing or parasailing in these conditions can easily find themselves in trouble if they are not properly advised by the tour company. As a result, it is important to be cautious and only go out with the most reputable tour companies.

If you are involved in a boating accident, excursions accident, or while on a tour in Hawaii, your accident will fall under maritime law. If someone else is at fault for the accident, you may have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim, but maritime law requires a specific understanding of these laws that many generalized personal injury lawyers simply do not have. Working with a maritime attorney like those at our firm is one of the best ways to ensure that you are being represented by a lawyer who has a comprehensive understanding of these particulars and can navigate the complexities with ease. 

After a boating accident, the most important thing is to prioritize your own health and safety, meaning that you should first contact a doctor to get a complete examination for any injuries and ensure that you are treated properly. It is also extremely important to document the accident scene by taking pictures and getting the names of bystanders. Once you have documented the accident scene and gotten the necessary care, your next step should be to connect with an attorney who can handle your case. Contact us as soon as possible to request a free consultation where we can go over the details of your boating accident or excursion accident and provide you with more insight about how we can help.

Shipping Companies in Hawaii

Our law firm has a long and successful history of representing injured crewmembers and the surviving family members of those killed in the line of work. Maritime law for crewmembers who have suffered injuries or death while working is often entitled to a broad range of compensation for their injuries and the many impacts of an unexpected and catastrophic injury. Trying to navigate the intricacies of this type of law is complex and often leads to a victim receiving far less than they rightfully deserve in a settlement or verdict. As our client, you can stay focused on your recovery while taking on the at-fault company liable for your damages. Our singular goal is to obtain the maximum compensation for you that is available under the applicable law. 

The major shipping companies operating in Hawaii are as follows, but whether or not you see the company you are associated with or that is liable for your injuries, simply contact our law firm today to request a free consultation with an award-winning maritime lawyer:

Hawaii is a small island in a large ocean, but the 50th state plays a strategic role in the United States’ trade with Asia as a convenient midpoint for maritime shipping. As a result of this optimal access to Asia, many employees of major exporters either call Hawaii home or use the island chain as a resting place — much like the shipping companies take advantage of these advantageous ports. 

Injuries sustained while working for a maritime shipping company fall under federal maritime law. Since 1971, we have been fighting tirelessly for injured crewmembers under these precise federal maritime laws.  As such, you have the opportunity to partner with an award-winning attorney from the world-renowned law firm of Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. Our team is respected throughout the maritime world as aggressive, experienced, and dedicated lawyers who are willing to do what it takes to get our clients the compensation they are rightfully entitled to after a maritime accident, whether stemming from a cruise, maritime employment, or other boating accident.

Maritime Law and Injuries in Hawaii

As the 50th U.S. State, Hawaii is subject to U.S. maritime law. Maritime laws, or admiralty laws as they are also called, include a variety of statutes and case law that applies when disputes and claims arise on navigable waterways.

Navigable waters encompass all bodies of water that could be used for interstate commerce or foreign commerce. The islands of Hawaii are surrounded by the navigable waters of the North Pacific Ocean. Hawaii has 750 miles of coastline, the fourth-longest coastline in the United States. Because all the waters off of the Hawaiian Islands are considered navigable, federal maritime laws, like the Jones Act, apply to all injuries sustained off the island’s shores.

Maritime law is a specialized area of law. The laws address jurisdictional issues, including where cases can be brought. The laws also establish the requirements for making injury claims and the rights of victims who get hurt while working or playing offshore. Understanding your rights under maritime law can be complicated, but you need to make smart and informed choices to ensure you take advantage of the legal protections available to you.

How Can Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. Help?

If you’ve been injured in the State of Hawaii, while working for a shipping company, or while enjoying a day excursion at sea, our firm has the experience and knowledge you can trust to get you the recovery you deserve. Maritime law can be a complex issue, which is why you should only consult specialists if you suffer an injury on the waterways of Hawaii. 

Having handled thousands of similar cases and recovered well over 300 million dollars on behalf of our clients, and with 14 full-time maritime attorneys on our team, we are the Nation’s Leading Maritime Lawyers. To learn more and get an evaluation of your rights under maritime law, if you or someone you love has been hurt, give us a call today by dialing 877-233-1238 or contact us online for a no-strings-attached consultation.