Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are the nation’s leading maritime lawyers with a global reach and a dedicated staff of 16 attorneys to help New York residents and tourists with maritime-related injuries. When you’ve suffered a critical injury in an accident at sea or on other navigable waters, you may be entitled to restitution for your damages. The reputable New York Maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. will do what it takes to recover the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Our firm was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime by US News & World Report and our lawyers have repeatedly been named to the Best Lawyers and Superlawyers, year after year. As the nation’s top maritime injury firms, our nationwide reach and years of collective experience could make all the difference in the outcome of your maritime injury claim. Contact our office today at 877-233-1238 to schedule your free consultation.
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Filing A Maritime Case In New York
Maritime injury claims in New York can be particularly complex. Federal maritime laws regulate injuries and accidents that occur on navigable waters. However, the specific circumstances of your case will determine how you can recover the compensation you are entitled to. There are several potential options that may be available to you, such as:
- Filing a claim through the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA)
- Pursuing damages under the Jones Act
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party
Not every maritime injury victim will have the right to damages under the Jones act, the LHWCA, or a personal injury claim. For instance, only shipyard workers, longshoremen, harbor workers, and other specific longshore and harbor worker employees can pursue compensation under the LHWCA. Likewise, only seamen have the right to pursue maintenance and cure under the Jones Act.
To find out which maritime claim options are most likely to produce a favorable outcome, do not hesitate to contact a maritime lawyer in New York to discuss the specific details of your case.
Common Maritime Injuries in New York
Maritime injuries can occur in a variety of accidents, events, and incidents. Some of the different types of maritime injury claims we see most often include:
- Cruise Ship Accidents & Injuries
- Cruise Ship Rape
- Cruise Passenger Disappearances
- Cruise Ship Overboard Accidents
- Cruise Ship Drowning Accidents
- Cruise Ship Medical Malpractice
- FlowRider Accidents
- Seaman’s Claims
- Boating Accidents
- Yacht Accidents
- Jet Ski Accidents
- Parasailing Accidents
- Scuba Diving Accidents
- Barge, Cargo, and Tanker Accidents
- Commercial Fishing Accidents
- Shore Excursion Accidents
- Hotel, Resort, and Vacation Accidents
- Hotel Rape anted Sexual Assault
Cruise Lines Operating Out Of New York
Many of the most popular cruise lines across the country operate out of New York State. Some of these include:
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Cunard Line
- Royal Caribbean International
- MSC Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines
- Silversea Cruises
- Viking Ocean Cruises
- Princess Cruise Lines
- Disney Cruise Lines
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruise Lines
- Viking Expeditions
- Holland America Line
- Seabourn Cruise Line
Shipping Companies Operating Out Of New York
There are several shipping companies based in and operating out of the state of New York. Some of the most common include:
- Quality One International Shipping
- Atlantic Logistics
- Hermes International Movers
- American Shipping & Logistics Inc
- Best 4 Shipping inc
- Amerijet International
- Mailzone Express
- Baron Shipping
- Dennis Shipping
- Morgan Shipping
- Global Shipping
- NY International Shipping
What To Do If You Sustain An Injury At Sea
In the aftermath of a maritime accident in New York, it may not be clear what to do next. Thankfully, the following steps could help you increase your opportunities to get the most out of your maritime injury claim:
- Start off by obtaining a medical evaluation. It is important to rule out any injuries that may not be visible to the naked eye and could become life-threatening if they are not treated. You can avoid the defendant arguing your injuries were not the result of a maritime accident by seeking medical attention immediately after the incident.
- Next, you will need to notify your employer of your maritime injury. If you are a maritime employee hoping to recover Jones Act benefits or compensation through the LHWCA, notifying your employer is essential if you hope to be eligible for these benefits.
- Do what you can to obtain powerful evidence needed to support your maritime injury claim. Take photographs of hazardous conditions which caused or contributed to your accident; as well as of your injuries and other transient conditions that need to be documented. Do not provide this information or evidence to your employer or the insurance company without going over it with your attorney first. You should always provide copies of these documents and evidence, as opposed to the originals.
- Reach out to a New York maritime attorney to discuss your options. When you need a legal advocate on your side who will help you go up against large insurance companies and federal laws, our firm team will fight tirelessly for your rights.
After your maritime injury, you should also avoid posting anything about your accident or injuries on social media, as this information could be easily misconstrued.
You should also be sure to go over any insurance settlement offers before you accept if you hope to avoid being taken advantage of or tricked into settling for less than you deserve.
Get Help Before The Statute of Limitations Expires
After everything you have been through, moving forward with your maritime injury claim can seem overwhelming. However, time is already ticking. There is a strict statute of limitations in place for all three types of maritime injury claims.
If your claim is not filed before this critical deadline, you will lose your chance to recover compensation for your maritime injuries.
- If you are interested in pursuing a Jones Act claim, you must do so within three years under U.S. Code 46 § 30106
- Cruise passenger claims are usually governed by a contractual one year statute of limitations.
- If you are filing a claim under the LHWCA, you must do so within one year under Section 13(a)
- If you’re filing a personal injury lawsuit in the state of New York, you will have three years to do so under New York Civil Practice Law & Rules Section 214
Contact America’s Leading Maritime Lawyers
Whether your maritime injuries were caused through vacationing or work experiences, you may have the right to specific types and amounts of compensation. Maritime law can be particularly complex. Make sure you have a knowledgeable and experienced New York maritime lawyer on your side.
Contact our team at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. for a no-cost, risk-free consultation. Find out more about what to expect from your personal injury, Jones Act, or LHWCA claim. Fill out our convenient contact form or call our office at 877-233-1238 to get started.