The Crewmember & Maritime Advocacy Center wishes to first of all express our heart- felt condolences to the families and friends of all the crew members who served on the cargo vessel El Faro. We will continue to pray for their safe rescue and return to their families. The lawyers at the Crewmember & Maritime Advocacy Center specialize in providing legal representation to crew members and their families alike and count on 25 years of experience in providing legal counsel and representation in the field of maritime personal injury and death claims. We represented crew members against Costa Crociere in the Concordia sinking and have handled numerous death claims on behalf of crew member’s surviving family. Unfortunately, however, the shipping companies that own and operate commercial vessels while not intending to cause the harm they inflict on their crew, base their decisions on profits and not on the safety of their crewmember employees. The cause of the sinking of El Faro points to the same tragic profit motivation and decision making and reeks of shore side corporate operational negligence. Note, however, that the highly experienced lawyers at the Crewmember and Maritime Advocacy Center are trained to seek the answers to the questions every surviving family member of the El Faro crew deserves and to hold accountable all who contributed to this very sad yet avoidable maritime disaster.




Cruise Ship Passenger Injury Lawyer & Maritime Law Attorney

Choosing the Right Attorney

courtThe Crewmember & Maritime Advocacy Center serving Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade County has nearly 20 years of experience in maritime personal injury and commercial litigation law. The lawyers that make up our team have successfully and aggressively litigated some of the largest maritime personal injury cases in Florida. At Crewmember & Maritime Advocacy Center, there is no such a thing as a “small case.” We treat every client as if he or she is our only client, investing maximum effort and personal attention to achieve the highest level of legal performance possible.
The Crewmember & Maritime Advocacy Center is ready to provide you and your loved ones with outstanding legal representation in your personal injury case. Our bilingual lawyers handle claims relating to all aspects of maritime personal injury, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, sexual assault and wage disputes. Offering diligent legal representation, the personal injury lawyers that make up our law firm are dedicated to providing clients with professional excellence and ethical counsel in the pursuit of legal justice.


Choosing the Right Attorney

Finding an attorney is easy. Finding the right MARINE attorney might be a little tougher.

First and foremost, you need to make sure the attorney you hire has the relevant to “cruise ship” experience. Make sure the attorneys you are considering specialize in Jones Act Plaintiff’s litigation work. Your attorney needs to know the ins and outs of the law that governs your specific problem.

A general civil personal injury litigator will not have the background or experience to be able to anticipate or prepare for the cruise line or cargo vessel defense strategies and prove costly to your case.
Ask your attorney to cite cases which he has handled that resemble your case. Ask questions.


Here are a few questions that may be helpful to find relevant & excellent cruise ship MARINE attorneys:

Have you had experience with representing crew members or passengers against the cruise lines before? How recently? How often? What was involved? What percentage of your practice is devoted to these kinds of cases?

Will you actually be working on my case? In what way? Will any other persons be doing work on my case? What will they do?

Will you talk to me in plain English when I do not understand “legalese”?

Will you allow me access to my case file at your office?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of my case?

What would you advise me to do about my situation?

Can a timetable be set for my case?

If I hire you, what will you be doing for me, and when and how will we get back in touch with each other?

Is there a statute of limitations, or legal deadline in my case that we must be careful not to miss?

Contact the Florida Bar and ask them if your attorney has had any complaints filed against them by a former client.
At CAC we will handle your case on a contingent fee basis. This means that if your suit is successful, we receive a percentage as permitted by the Florida Bar which governs lawyers. If we are not successful, we may but never have in the past recover only expenses incurred by our office. A WRITTEN FEE AGREEMENT IS REQUIRED and should read over carefully with your lawyer before signing it if you have any questions.