$2.5 Million Maritime Verdict for Cruise Ship Employee

In September 2013, our law firm secured a favorable jury verdict in the amount of $2.5 million for their client, who was an employee of Celebrity Cruises. The client had been injured as the result of the cruise line’s negligence, failure to provide a safe environment and failure to provide adequate care. In addition to the verdict of $2.5 million in injury compensation, the jury also awarded $50,000 in attorney fees.

Maritime Lawyers on Your Rights If You Suffer an Injury at Sea

With over 40 years of experience working on behalf of individuals and their families affected by serious personal injuries as well as high-profile litigation, the law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson understands that in addition to injuries that occur on land, injuries can occur at sea. This includes injuries suffered by cruise ship passengers and seamen injured while working on the job.

Many of these personal injuries at sea claims fall under maritime law and admiralty law. Our maritime attorneys work diligently on behalf of injured seaman, cruise ship passengers as well as families dealing with the aftermath of fatal maritime injuries. Our work in theses areas includes providing effective representation to individuals located throughout the nation and the world.

Maritime Law and Admiralty Law

What is Admiralty and Maritime Law?

Admiralty law governs the navigation and shipping that occurs both at sea and inland. Maritime law describes the regulations, legal issues, rules and body of laws as it pertains to ocean commerce, marine resources as well as navigation.
While federal laws govern maritime matters in the United States, maritime injury cases can often involve the maritime laws of other international countries, since each country has its own maritime regulations as well.

In addition to governing injury claims made by passengers on ships, crewmembers and seamen, admiralty and maritime law also regulates injuries sustained by individuals on recreational boats and yachts. The following are common maritime laws that may also benefit those who suffer injuries while on the water:

  • The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010
  • Maintenance and Cure Rights
  • Limitation of Liability Act
  • Public Vessels Act
  • The Jones Act

Our Experience Representing Individuals Injured At Sea and Their Families

The maritime lawyers of Colson Hicks Eidson have helped our clients gain numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for their injuries. This includes our work on behalf of multiple cruise ship passengers harmed onboard and for shore excursions. This also included an employee of Celebrity Cruises who suffered injuries after undergoing an unnecessary pacemaker surgery in Santo Domingo. In that case, Celebrity Cruises sent our client to Santo Domingo in an attempt to save money on his medical expenses. A jury in Miami found the cruise line to be negligent in the care and treatment they provided their employees. As a result, they awarded our client a $1 million verdict for his injuries. Our law firm also has experience representing a South Florida fisherman who suffered from a misdiagnosis of a marine bacterial infection. Other clients include many other Jones Act workers.

Injury Lawyers for Maritime and Admiralty Law Offer Effective Representation

If you were injured at sea, or a loved one was killed in a fatal maritime accident, learn more about your ability to hold those responsible accountable. You may be entitled to gain compensation for medical bills, lost income and more. Please contact a maritime lawyer at our firm today.