Admiralty and Maritime Law
Miami maritime lawyer Glenn J Holzberg has been representing Cruise ship and boating passengers and crew members for over 25 years. Our clients come from all over the United States and the world. We tirelessly fight for your rights if you are seriously injured or if a loved one died in any of the following:
- Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries
- Boating and Jet Ski accidents
- Limitation of Liability (LOLA) Cases and Defenses
- Commercial and Fishing Boats and Yachts, Ferries, Dive Boats, Oil Rigs
- Any Injury on Navigable Water Including on Piers, Docks, and Marinas
- Collisions at Sea Alisions - Striking Fixed Objects on Water
Admiralty and maritime law, which is determined under federal law exists whenever the injury occurs in navigable waters. Navigable waters means any waterway that ultimately leads to the ocean. This includes any body of water except landlocked lakes. These laws apply to passengers and crew members. Each has separate legal rights and requirements.Passenger Claims
Passengers on boats including cruise ships have different rights all arising under general maritime law which is a body of federal law covering people injured on ships within maritime commerce and navigable water. The major difference is that cruise ship passengers because of language included often without the passengers knowledge, in their tickets requires that you file suit within one year from the date of the injury and you must file in federal court typically in the Southern District of Florida (Miami, Florida). Other victims injured on boats but not on cruise ships traveling under a ticket with this one-year limitation have three years to file suit under the general maritime law. Those injured off cruise ships have the right to file in either state or federal court under federal law known as the “savings to suitors clause”. Inexperienced lawyers often make this mistake and file your suit in state court or have their state case removed to federal court where they lack experience. Don’t let this happen to you hire an experienced lawyer. Miami, Florida maritime and cruise ship lawyer. We are here to help protect your rights.
Cruise ship passengers also have either 180 days or six months (depending upon which cruise will ship you travel on) to provide written notice to the cruise line of your injury claim or may lose your right to file suit and recover damages.The Jones Act-Crew Claims
The Jones Act is a body of federal law that governs the rights of semen injured on boats and other marine vessels. At its most basic the Jones act allows seamen recovery of “maintenance and cure”, which essentially provides for medical care while you are injured and lost wages or sick leave pay. A Seaman is also entitled to damages from his/her employer who was negligent and caused the seaman’s injuries will if the vessel or crew is determined to be unseaworthy semen can also recover damages against the owner and operator of the vessel.
Strict time periods apply to all maritime cases- three years for Seamen’s claims under the Jones act or for those injured on other ships and vessels at sea, and only one year for passengers injured on cruise ships.
Time is of the essence in these cases. We are experienced Florida maritime lawyers and know these limits. We will help you protect your rights.Private Boats and Yachts – the Dangers of the Limitation of Liability Act
If you are injured on a private boat or yacht and the value of your injuries and damages including wage losses or impaired earnings ability in the future exceed the value of the vessel you may have your damage claims severely limited by a federal law known as the limitation and exoneration of liability act (LOLA). A knowledgeable ship owner and operator can file suit within six months from first receiving notice of an injury claim from someone like you and limit your damages to the value of the ship at the time of the injury. Imagine the typical boating accident involving a $35,000 boat where you suffer catastrophic injuries you will never be made whole and recover anything close to your full damages. There are ways of protecting your rights under the limitation of liability act and recover your full damages experienced Maritime lawyers know these rules and exceptions we have experience in these cases. Let us protect your valuable rights.Call our Experienced Maritime and Boating Accident Lawyers
If you or your family has been seriously injured on a cruise ship boat or in any maritime incident call HOLZBERG LEGAL – 305-668-6410 and arrange a free consultation with an experienced trial lawyer. Proudly representing victims and their family members for 34 years in Miami Fort Lauderdale West Palm Beach the Florida keys, and throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico Germany and many others.