Mediterranean cruises are a wonderful way to visit ports in Italy and other countries throughout Europe. Unfortunately, cruise ships traveling in Italy and surrounding locations may not always meet safety standards and provide appropriate security to passengers aboard these vessels. When a cruise ship is negligent or lax with respect to the safety not just of passengers, but also of crew members, life-changing injuries can occur.
After an injury while traveling or working on a cruise ship, pleasure boat or offshore vessel in Italy, victims need to know what their options are for recovering monetary compensation for losses. There are different processes for pursuing compensation for passengers versus crew members, seamen or maritime workers.
One thing all victims have in common, however, is the need for aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation that can be provided by a skilled maritime lawyer. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has an international reputation for providing assistance to victims injured throughout the world. We have successfully handled cruise line, as well as commercial shipping cases in Italy. Give us a call as soon as you or someone you love is hurt in Italy or while aboard an Italian vessel so we can put together a solid case for you
Maritime Accidents and Injuries in Italy
Popular ports of call where cruise ships stop in Italy include Ancona, Bari, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Livorno, Messina, Naples, Palermo, Portofino, Portovenere, Trieste, and Venice. Each of these different destinations offer attractions including beaches, churches, castles, shopping and other day trip options. Unfortunately, injuries can occur on offshore excursions while visiting Italy. Cruise lines may be held accountable in some cases for these injuries (even when they do not actually happen on the boat) if the cruise line organized or promoted the excursion to passengers.
Injuries can also occur as a result of sexual assault or violence, overboard accidents, slip and falls, equipment malfunction, food poisoning or dock injuries. Whenever an injury happens, it is important to be able to prove how it occurred and demonstrate the cruise ship had a duty to try to prevent it but failed in that obligation.
When visiting Italy, many people are unaware of how to get help from local law enforcement to conduct investigations. While at sea, investigating rapes, other crimes or even accidental injuries is also very difficult. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. can help clients gather the evidence they need to make a case to obtain compensation for losses.
Getting Help From a Maritime Attorney
In addition to the challenges of proving how an injury happened and what the extent of the loss was, victims also face another more fundamental issue when they are hurt on an Italian ship or in an Italian port. The issue is understanding how to navigate the complex system of maritime laws to make a claim. Not every ship that travels through Italy is domiciled there and the laws in different locations are very different when it comes to passengers, seamen, or maritime workers pursuing a case for compensation.
Victims need help from a lawyer who knows how to make the complex system of laws work to get the money they deserve for their losses. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is here to provide the knowledgeable assistance necessary to make a successful claim. Give us a call at 877-233-1238 to schedule a consultation or contact us online as soon as possible to discuss your options.