When should a cruise liner admit the seas are too rough to continue?

The information had been gathered, and the alerts had been issued and now questions are being asked regarding what the decision makers at Royal Caribbean knew that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center and other weather forecasters didn’t. On Friday, February 9, the NOAA issued an alert that there was the […]

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Merchant seaman missed window of opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit

Edward Arthur worked as a merchant seaman when he sustained injuries on four different ships. He sued his employers, Maersk, Inc., and Dyn Marine Services of Virginia Inc., for negligence under the Jones Act, also referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Later, Arthur realized that these companies operated as agents of the United States Navy, with the United States being the only proper defendant in the lawsuit. Arthur was granted leave to file an amended complaint, naming the United States as the responsible party
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Even foreign cruise lines must adhere to U.S. disability laws

U.S. admiralty law covers more than just injuries at sea. In one case that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, a cruise line operating out of a U.S. port was held to legal standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd., was a case that the United […]

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Fisherman rescues passengers from sinking charter boat

A recent news story of an near disaster that took place on the Chesapeake Bay has legal implications for admiralty law in Florida.

The passengers of the motor vessel Karen N were wearing life jackets and sitting on the sunken boat’s canopy when a commercial fisherman picked them up and brought them safety on the eastern […]

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An overview of U.S. maritime law

Accidents can happen anywhere, including on the high seas. Whether an incident affects persons or cargo, admiralty law helps determine who is responsible.

Admiralty law, also known as maritime law, governs navigation and shipping, and may cover incidents involving cruise ships, commerce, and even ship hijacking and piracy. Just because a vessel is involved, however, that […]

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Just what are a boat captain’s responsibility toward passengers?

The rules for the waterways in South Florida are different than the rules of the road for driving. Under international maritime law, a boat captain of any size vessel on the ocean or inland waterways has ultimate responsibilty for protecting passengers from injury.

Captain’s legal responsibility

We have all heard legendary tales of sea captains remaining at the helm […]

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The complex steps of a boat accident personal injury claim

You may think that the process for settling a boat accident injury claim in Florida is easy, particularly if the accident was a clear case of negligence on the part of another party.

This blog post will discuss the steps involved and demonstrate why it is important to hire a knowledgeable, experienced attorney.

First step: Determining who […]

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