The Port of Seattle is described as “one of the most diverse in the United States.” The port encompasses more than 8,000 feet of moorage and 500 acres of terminal facilities. There are a total of 17 ocean carriers operating out of the Port of Seattle providing direct service to domestic and foreign markets including Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Seattle also features the Bell Street Cruise Terminal and the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, located at Pier 66 and Terminal 91. Seven major cruise lines depart from these passenger terminals, including ships offered by Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean.
Working or playing aboard an offshore vessel can be a rewarding and enriching experience as cruise passengers enjoy leisure activities and maritime workers keep the economic engine of the country running. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries can happen at sea. For those injured in or near Seattle, Washington on offshore vessels, knowing what to do next is complicated.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims. Whether you are a passenger hurt aboard a cruise vessel or a maritime worker injured due to negligence or the unseaworthiness of your ship, a maritime lawyer with experience can help you seek the money and benefits you need.
Know Your Rights After an Accident or Injury on the High Seas
Boats in or near the Port of Seattle may be considered to be in the navigable waters of the United States. Maritime and admiralty law can apply to both cruise ships and cargo boats but the rights of injured victims will differ depending upon whether the injury happened on a pleasure boat or while working at sea.
While seamen working offshore can file a Jones Act case to obtain compensation for employer negligence, cruise passengers are protected by special laws applicable only to them. In fact, many cruise lines insert special provisions into tickets to create legal protections for their companies, such as shortening the time you have to file a lawsuit after an injury.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has been focusing on protecting the rights of those injured offshore since 1971. Our attorneys have met with representatives in Congress to fight for better laws protecting cruise passengers and have published best-selling eBooks about dangers on the high-seas. We are committed to using our legal experience, backgrounds and education to help victims injured aboard vessels departing from or docking at the Port of Seattle in Seattle, Washington.
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Acts of violence, drownings, unseaworthiness of a vessel or accidents in the line of duty can result in permanent impairment, life changing injuries or even death. Although the Port of Seattle is located in a major city in Washington State, those who are aboard a vessel on navigable waters may feel cut off from medical help and worried about how to preserve evidence of how the injuries happened.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has prepared a guide to help passengers and seamen know what to do after an accident, as well as a cruise ship SOS card so you can get the independent information you need any time you are harmed at sea. We are also here and ready to provide legal advice and representation when you are back on shore and ready to take action to recover compensation for losses. Call us at 877-233-1238 or contact us online to request a free consultation.