Cruises and maritime vacations are becoming increasingly popular all over the world. However, injury-causing accidents on these large vessels can and do happen—yachts are no exception. Yacht accidents can lead to serious injuries, and sometimes even death.
The same laws that apply to cruise ship accidents also apply to yachts. Admiralty law, also known as maritime law, makes no clear distinction between the two. Whether you’re a passenger or a crewmember, it's important to know your rights.
If you or a loved one has been severely injured while on a yacht and are in the Miami area, give us a call at (855) 757-4200. Our attorneys can help fight for you and your family.
Ship owners owe a duty of reasonable care to their passengers. This liability applies to cruise ships and boats that fall under the yacht category. When a passenger is injured while under the care of the yacht owner the law of negligence can be applied. This means as the passenger, you must prove that the ship owner was negligent and caused your injury.
Passenger injuries can vary in severity and cause, including:
- Slip and falls
- Injuries sustained while on excursions
- Food poisoning
Passengers are not the only ones at risk of getting injured while on a yacht.
In some instances, yacht owners will employ crewmembers to help navigate the ship. Crewmembers can get injured due to their working environments. Ships offer small work spaces, long hours and slippery surfaces. If you are a crewmember and were injured while on a yacht, specific laws can protect you, including:
- The Jones Act: allows you to recover directly from employers if injuries were caused by owner's negligence.
- Unseaworthiness Doctrine: proving that the ship and crew were not suitable for their intended purposes, ultimately deeming them not ready for sea voyages.
- Maintenance and Cure: given medical treatment and a daily living allowance while you recover.
These laws can be applied regardless of the size of the ship, and can help you financially as you recover from your accident.
How Hickey Law Firm Can Help
The attorneys at Hickey Law Firm have years of experience fighting for the rights of passengers and crewmembers injured while on board a sea-bearing vessel. We will work tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation and justice you deserve.
Compensation awarded in these cases can be used to pay for expenses associated with your injury, including:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Current and ongoing medical bills
To determine if you have a viable case, our lawyers will meet with you in person. During your consultation, we will work together to figure out the next best steps in the legal process for both you and your family.
Maritime lawyer John H. (Jack) Hickey is experienced in all aspects of maritime law and can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured aboard a yacht or a cruise ship, our team at Hickey Law Firm can help. Give our office a call at (855) 757-4200 to schedule your consultation. We are proud to serve clients in the Miami, Florida areas as well as around the globe.