The country of Ecuador boasts four independently managed commercial ports that are owned by the state. As a way to compete with other commercial facilities, the country provides each port with the ability to promote themselves autonomously and partner with private companies, which may often lack the knowledge in local and international maritime and admiralty safety law statues to provide a safe shipboard and dock environment. As a result, accidents can occur both in port and in international waters.
Ports in Ecuador undergo continuous enhancements, and both commercial vessels and cruise ships frequently call on Ecuadorian ports throughout the year. In fact, the Galapagos Islands are among the top visited cruise destinations in the world. Given such high maritime traffic, the likelihood of a maritime-related accident, injury, or crime in Ecuador is extremely high. Anyone who has been the victim of such an incident should be aware that they have a right to seek legal help. International cases are often extremely complicated, which is why it is critical to seek the counsel of knowledgeable maritime attorneys who can help victims navigate through the complexities of Ecuadorian maritime and admiralty laws.
How the Attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. Can Assist You with Your Maritime Case
A maritime accident can occur at any given moment, often resulting in serious and fatal injuries. While there are times when these accidents cannot be foreseen, the vast majority of these incidents are caused by the negligent or reckless actions of a maritime operator, crew member, or even a passenger. When tragedy strikes, victims may be left feeling confused and distraught; and can face an uphill battle when trying to go up against major cruise lines or cargo companies, which is why it is crucial for victims to seek legal counsel.
If you or someone you love has suffered an accident, injury, or crime at sea or at an Ecuadorian port, you are not alone. Several seamen and cruise passengers fall victim to incidents that stem from negligent maritime operations every year. It’s important to understand that if the matter at hand was the result of a safety violation, you may be entitled to compensation, and our firm is here to help.
Our lawyers have over 165 years of combined experience protecting the rights of cruise passengers and crew members who have suffered an accident or injury on navigable waters or on land and are dedicated to providing superior legal counsel to you and your loved ones. We can help you understand the complex maritime statutes surrounding your case and provide you with the legal guidance and support you deserve.
Protecting Your Right to Justice
After a maritime tragedy has occurred, victims may feel intimidated to take legal action – especially if the incident transpired aboard a major cruise line ship. However, anytime an accident at sea or in port occurs as a result of negligent practices, victims have a right to seek legal counsel and may be entitled to damages. Even when the incident occurs in a foreign port, it’s important for the victims of a cruise ship accident or commercial vessel occupational injury to understand that the majority of the laws are on their side. If the cruise line operator or merchant vessel company failed to uphold maritime safety regulations, they may be found liable for the incident, and an experienced attorney can ensure justice is obtained.
Our lawyers are committed to investigating the circumstances surrounding your case so those responsible for your injuries or losses can be held accountable for their wrongful actions. We have successfully handled cases involving cruise injuries, cruise passenger disappearances, seaman claims, as well as cases that fall under the Jones Act. Let us put our experience to work for you.
If you or someone you love needs assistance filing a maritime claim in Ecuador, contact Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. today to schedule a free consultation and determine the best course of action for your case.