Category Archives: Admiralty-Maritime Law

The most common mistakes cruise ship accident victims make

Cruise ship accidents, as unlikely as they might sound, do happen. The recent capsizing of the Costa Concordia near the coast of Italy was a warning sign to all passengers around the world: even if they are on a luxury vacation, they should never forget that the open sea is a dangerous place and they always have to be alert. Of course the above mentioned accident was a maritime tragedy which led to the death of several passengers and the severe injury of many others. Most maritime accidents do not occur on such a scale. But even if one single passenger is injured, for the victim the impact, the sock and the long term consequences will be the same... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Injured on an oil rig: know your rights

Working on oil rigs is often demanding and dangerous, probably one of the most dangerous professions in the country. Employees should have enough experience and safe working conditions in order to avoid severe injuries. Unfortunately it doesn’t always happen like that. When accidents occur they involve fire, explosions and injuries caused by heavy equipment. Besides the severe injuries these individuals might also not get proper medical support in time, simply because of the distances they are separated from the inland... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Sea Burial or Cruise Murder?

What do you do if you accidentally knock your wife unconscious when she tries to commit suicide on a cruise? Do you throw her overboard after suddenly remembering that she wanted to be buried at sea? Yes, pretty far fetched. But that is exactly the defense offered in a criminal trial against a Chinese cruise passenger who is accused of murdering his wife and then pitching her overboard during a cruise aboard the Macau Success last year. The Standard newspaper in China explains that Wang Weilie, age 49, stands accused of murdering his wife Yang Wenjuan, age 43, during a cruise on September 24th last year. A cruise passenger witnessed the couple on a deck when Wang pushed Yang's head backwards towards the railing. He rushed to notify the cruise staff but returned to find the couple gone but blood covering the deck. Cruise security guards observed bloodstains on Wang's fingertips. He said the injuries to his fist, chest and knee were caused during a struggle to prevent his wife from killing herself. However, when she lost consciousness, he threw her overboard. A post-mortem examination found bruises, abrasions and a broken arm. A pathologist concluded Yang "died of drowning after sustaining significant but otherwise non-fatal injuries." According to an article published last year, the couple have a nine year old son. The bizarre story reminds me of the violent death of cruise passenger Karen Roston whose husband who threw her overboard on the last night of her honeymoon cruise from the Sundancer cruise ship operated by Admiral Cruises of Miami. Her husband, Scott Roston, concocted a story that high winds blew her overboard as she ran on the jogging track on an upper deck. But evidence introduced at his criminal trial indicated that the winds were just 4 – 5 mph. FBI agents found Ms. Roston's hair embedded in the rubberized jogging track along with a broken earring matching one she was wearing in a photograph taken at a shipboard dinner. Her husband was observed with scratches on his face after her disappearance. A medical examiner concluded from an autopsy that Ms. Roston had been strangled and then thrown overboard . . . Photo credit: shipphotos.com.au.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Why You Need To Hire a Good Maritime Lawyer

Maritime law represents a very specialized set of law and regulations that apply to cases involving maritime accidents or the waters of the United States. If you are a maritime worker and have been injured while working on a maritime vessel, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation. In order to acquire monetary damages, you need the help of a maritime law specialized defender. Before hiring an attorney you have to understand the big importance a specialized maritime law attorney has on such cases. Maritime law has evolved tremendously over the last two centuries, new laws have emerged and old ones have sunk. A lawyer not specialized in this particular field of law will not be able to get you the outcome you desire out of your case. Only a maritime attorney will be able to both represent you and defend you properly in a legal process than may well have serious effects on your future life... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Cruise Passenger Busted for Crack in Belize City

7 New Belize reports today on the arrest of a 27-year old British cruise passenger in Belize City. A police officer working at the Tourism Village reportedly arrested Paul Smith, after he was "acting suspiciously" and searched him. The officer found 2.3 grammes of crack cocaine inside a pack of cigarettes in Smith's pocket. Smith pleaded guilty to trafficking and a local constable fined him ten thousand dollars to be paid forthwith, or serve three months in prison. The newspaper reports that Smith was unable to pay the fine and remains in jail. The article did not mention the name of the cruise ship. Carnival, Celebrity, Holland, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean sail to Belize. You can read other stories about passengers busted for drugs during cruises here... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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