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Florida Boating Season Off to Tragic Start

April 24, 2019

The start of the Florida boating season has been marked with tragedy. In addition to last weekend’s boating crash at Governors Cut off the coast of South Beach, which killed three and critically injured one, the state has seen numerous serious and fatal maritime incidents over the past several weeks. 

On April 8, reported that five people had been killed in boating accidents in Lee County since the beginning of the year. This sum already surpasses the total 2018 maritime death toll for Lee County. Three of the victims died when they fell…

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South Floridians Question Safety around Government Cut Jetty

April 23, 2019

Three days after the tragic death of three South Floridians at Government Cut, area residents are questioning the safety of the popular boating location.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Announce Fourth Boat Crash Victim Found

April 22, 2019

Authorities have now located all four passengers of the horrific boat crash that occurred near Government Cut on Saturday night, after the body of the fourth victim washed ashore today. 


Authorities had previously identified a married couple,Chris and Elis Colgann of Broward County, as having been killed in the crash. Today,…

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Miami Herald: Two Dead Following Serious Boat Crash at Miami Beach

April 21, 2019

The Miami Herald reports that two people have been pronounced dead after being involved in a boat crash at Miami Beach. A spokesperson for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission says that a third person was rescued and taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition. A fourth person is still missing. 

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Which Cruise Companies Require Victims to File Injury Lawsuits In Miami?

April 20, 2019

Every year hundreds of people become victims of cruise related injuries and deaths. Reports of cruise ship sexual assaults alone account for dozens of victims annually. Add this figure those who are injured in slip-and-fall accidents, in cruise ship pools, and while on excursion from cruise ships, and the tally adds up quickly. 

While many of those who are injured aboard cruise ships have valid negligence claims against the cruise companies, these victims cannot file suit in whichever jurisdiction they choose. Instead, victims must file suit in the jurisdiction specified in their cruise ticket (cruise contract). Many of the major cruise lines require victims to file suit in…

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NY Times: Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Laws Vary Across the Globe

April 19, 2019

With the unorganized global patchwork of laws and regulations governing the prosecution of cruise ship sexual assault cases, many would argue that it was only a matter of time until an alleged perpetrator walked free on a technicality. That day came last week, when international press reported on an Italian man who walked free after allegedly raping a teen aboard a cruise ship. Now, the New York Times is shining light on the varying laws that govern how prosecutors across the world tackle cases of cruise ship sexual assault.

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Newsweek: Emerald Princess Suffered an On board Fire This Week

April 18, 2019 reports that the Emerald Princess cruise ship suffered a fire earlier this week.

The report indicates that the blaze was sparked by a dehumidifier inside the bulkhead in the dry storage. The blaze reportedly started while many crew members were on the lifeboat loading team, and they were not available to help fight the fire, making extinguishing the blaze more difficult.

No one was reported injured in the fire.

Cruise ship fires are not as rare as some would think. In fact, cruise ship engine room fires are relatively common.…

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How Much Can I Recover For My Cruise Injury Case?

April 17, 2019

In this video, cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses what you can recover in a cruise injury case.

Key points:

  • The recovery for a cruise injury case is similar to that of a personal injury case.
  • You can recover economic damages, which includes 
  1. Loss of wages
  2. Medical expenses
  • You can also recover for: 
  1. Pain
  2. Suffering
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World Reacts to Spanish Judge’s Decision to Release Alleged Rapist

April 16, 2019

Yesterday we blogged about the case of an 18-year-old Italian man who has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl as the two sailed aboard a cruise ship. A Spanish judge sparked international outrage this week after ruling that the man should be released from custody.

The Washington Post reports that the alleged rape occurred aboard the 4,300 passenger MSC Divina. The victim reports that the man forced her into his cabin and raped her, before she eventually escaped and reported the crime…

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Report: Cruise Ship Predator Released Because He Committed the Crime in International Waters

April 15, 2019

A British newspaper is reporting that a man, who sexually assaulted a teenage girl aboard a cruise ship, has been released from custody.  

The Sun reports that Spanish authorities arrested an 18-year-old Italian man on suspicion that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old Panamanian teen as the two sailed aboard the vessel. But the suspect was later released because the alleged crime was…

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