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Proudly Representing Cruise Ship Cases in Miami, Nearby Areas of Florida and Nationwide

Cruise ship companies go to great lengths to ensure the safety of their passengers. Whether this is because they genuinely care about the health and well-being of their customers or they just want to avoid litigation is a matter of debate. The fact is, however, that cruise ship companies spend millions of dollars to incorporate the highest level of safety and security onto their luxury vessels. They also hire who they hope are the best people to maintain a high standard of safety during the ship’s time out at sea. But often times the safety measures that are in place are subject to human error and injuries occur on a cruise ship simply as a result of negligence. When something like this occurs the natural and understandable reaction by the victim is to hold someone accountable.

In a state like Florida where cruise ships are a veritable fixture of the coastline, suing for a cruise ship injury that has occurred as a result of negligence on the part of the ship’s staff can be a tricky prospect. There are plenty of people who will either fake an injury or fake the circumstances surrounding an injury suffered on a cruise ship just to be able to reap the monetary benefits of a court settlement. But when a legitimate injury occurs because safety measures were not fully in place or properly implemented, the victim has every right to take legal action and expect to be compensated.

As much as the victim of this type of injury is rightfully entitled to some manner of compensation, it can be difficult to find good legal counsel specifically for this kind of case. There are literally thousands of lawyers in the state of Florida alone and the vast majority of them would claim some level of expertise in fighting a cruise ship negligence case. The truth is, however, that not all attorneys are alike and it is the responsibility of the victim to do their due diligence in finding a competent and experienced attorney who will help them get the compensation they deserve. Cruise ship injuries, as relatively rare as they are, happen for all kinds of reasons and when that reason is negligence, it means the victim should seek out and expect to find justice.


Hickey Law Firm, P.A. – Miami Injury Attorneys handles cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases.

The state of Florida is known for its beautiful weather and sandy beaches. And nothing goes better with beaches and sunny weather than personal watercraft. All kinds of watercraft are conducive to a beach environment but there is something special about personal watercraft like Jetskis and Waverunners. For those who are unaware, personal watercraft are akin to miniature one-and two-person speed boats that allow their riders to tear through the water at relatively high speed. These kinds of craft come with myriad warnings to those who operate them about safety and care. Most jet skis are indeed operated in bodies of water where there are other people around and when that is the case, accidents can happen. So whether it is the operator of the craft or an innocent onlooker who is injured in an accident involving a personal watercraft, or both, someone needs to be held accountable for those injuries.

JetSki accidents are tricky when it comes to the litigation involved. It is difficult to sue the companies because they typically go to great lengths to protect themselves from legal complications involving their products. Like most big-business corporations, personal watercraft manufacturers have dedicated legal teams to provide them with extensive legal protection. That being the case, when an accident occurs on one of these craft, the victim or victims should expect to be met with firm resistance if they choose to bring legal action against the manufacturer. And even if they are bringing action against the operator of the craft and not the manufacturer, obtaining justice can still be a very challenging prospect.

It is unwise at best for the victim of a JetSki accident to simply do a quick search in the phone book or on the internet for an attorney and choose the first one that he or she sees. Every attorney will make claims that they are the best lawyer for this kind of injury. But only the most experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel will suffice in getting the victims of these unique accidents the compensation they deserve. Care should be taken to find an attorney who genuinely has the victim’s best interests at heart and has the experience and resources to see that justice is done for the people he or she represents.


Hickey Law Firm, P.A. – Miami Injury Attorneys handles cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases.

Rarely if ever do people who commit first intentional homicide do so with the intention that they are going to get caught. There have undoubtedly been countless individuals throughout United States history who have indeed literally gotten away with murder by killing another human being and never being brought to justice for their crime, or even being considered a suspect for that matter. That was almost the case for one Lonnie Loren Kocontes after he allegedly murdered his ex-wife Micki Kanesaki on a cruise ship excursion in 2006.

Kocontes and Kanesaki apparently had a very tumultuous relationship that included six years of marriage and a divorce in 2001. Despite the legal end to their marriage, the couple reportedly continued to live together off and on for the next five years until they began to rekindle their relationship and eventually decided to go on a cruise ship vacation together. According to the reports about the alleged incident, Kocontes strangled his ex-wife and dumped her lifeless body overboard where is was found the following day floating along the coast of Italy near where the ship had been sailing. Kocontes told Italian investigators that he could not account for what had happened to his wife but that she was an alcoholic and had suicidal tendencies. The Italian authorities had no evidence to contradict Kocontes’s statements and thus had no reason to hold him in custody. He was released and went on living his life.

That is until 2008 when the FBI learned that Kocontes had attempted to transfer over $1 million into a bank account he held with his new wife. He also had profited from the sale of the house that he and Kanesaki shared. The FBI investigation eventually and inevitably involved the Orange County district attorney as well as the OC Sheriff’s department who found evidence connecting Kocontes to Kanesaki’s death. If he is convicted, the suspect could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or even given the death penalty.



Hickey Law Firm, P.A. – Miami Injury Attorneys handles cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases.