Known as “the sailing capital of the world,” Annapolis, Maryland enjoys thousands of tourists every year. Given its close proximity to water, the state also offers year-round cruising options for locals and vacationers looking to travel from the port city of Baltimore to beautiful locations, such as the Bahamas, Bermuda, New England and Canada.
Many people look forward to nice warm weather so they can take to the waves and enjoy all kinds of water sports and water-related activities. However, as enjoyable as those activities are, some of them may lead to unfortunate injuries, or in some cases, death. When such incidents occur, it is important for victims and their families to know that help is available. If you or someone you love has been injured while participating in a water activity or while onboard the cruise of a lifetime, a skilled maritime attorney can help you seek the just compensation you need to cover your accident-related expenses.
How an Attorney Can Help You
The lawyers of Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have years of experience in the field of maritime law (which is also referred to as admiralty law). This specialized area of law governs the activities and offenses that occur on lakes, rivers, oceans or other navigable waters. It also governs various other types of activities that may take place on land but are maritime-related, such as the loading and unloading of ships and other vessels.
These issues can be quite intricate, and given their complexity, not every attorney is equipped to handle such cases. Well-versed maritime attorneys like those at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. know that individuals interested in filing lawsuits with respect to their situations will face certain time limitations in which the case must be filed (usually a three-year period), and if it is not filed within that timeframe, they may be barred from filing suit in the future.
Cases concerning cruise ship injuries typically require notice of a claim within six months of the incident and the lawsuit must be filed within one year. That said, if you are considering filing a lawsuit or making a claim against the wrongdoer in your case, you are encouraged to reach out to one of our lawyers as soon as possible to ensure your rights under the law are preserved.
What Types of Claims Can We Help You With?
Maritime cases typically involve personal injury-related (or wrongful death) issues related to not only passengers on vessels, but also longshoremen and seamen. In cases involving injuries that take place onboard ships, it does not matter who is at fault in most cases. Additionally, for incidents involving certain maritime workers, maintenance and cure rights take effect automatically at the time of the incident. This ensures those individuals obtain the treatment and compensation needed to properly recover.
Call Us to Discuss Your Case Today
All too often, vessel owners will attempt to discourage their workers who have been hurt on the job from learning more about their legal options, and some will even go as far as to ask employees to sign statements or waivers that will limit the workers’ claims under the Jones Act. Similarly, the fine print in cruise documentation may seek to limit liability in cases involving injured and harmed passengers onboard cruise ships.
Regardless of whether you are a passenger or a seaman, it is important to know your rights and seek counsel from skilled attorneys who can assist you with your case from beginning to end. If you have been injured in a maritime-related incident, contact our office for a free consultation right away.