Cruise ship accidents, injuries, crimes, disappearances, fires, and collisions on the high seas involve issues of maritime law. Jim Walker graduated from law school in 1983 and has been handling maritime law cases for the past thirty-five years. He handles a wide variety of cases from serious injuries to the highest profile sexual assault and cruise crime cases.
Jim focuses his maritime law practice on representing cruise passengers and crew members in cases against cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America Line, Princess and Norwegian Cruise Line among others.
The firm handles cases on a “contingency” basis – meaning that you do not send us a retainer and we do not bill you for our fees or expenses.
We advance all costs and are reimbursed for our time and costs only if we are successful in reaching a settlement or we win the case for you.
Jim’s firm represents passengers throughout the United States, Canada, England and Europe. 95% of his U.S. clients live outside of Florida, from New York to California.
Jim handles the following types of cases:
- Medical malpractice cases arising from bad treatment by cruise ship doctors and nurses.
- Slip and fall accidents on wet decks, buffet floors, and slippery pool decks.
- Serious injuries casued by the Royal Caribbean FlowRider.
- Sexual assaults on cruise ships, by crew members or other passengers.
- Physical assaults and battery, often due to intoxicated passengers.
- Overboard passengers and “disappearances” at sea.
- Injuries during shore excursions.
- Injuries and deaths on tour excursion vehicles, “safari” buses, jet-skis and recreational watercraft.
- Injuries while boarding tenders to and from the cruise ships.
- Cruise ship catastrophes – fires, sinkings and collisions.
- Injuries and deaths arising from terrorist and pirate attacks.
CREW MEMBERS CASES
Jim has handled many hundreds of cases against cruise lines like Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Oceania, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Silversea. The types of cases include:
- Delayed and improper medical care on the cruise ship.
- Failure to provide medical treatment ashore.
- Medical negligence by doctors hired by the cruise lines in foreign countries
- Failure to pay wages and living expenses in a timely manner.
- Abandoning the crew member in their home country after becoming injured or ill.
- Neck, shoulder and back injuries to waiters due to lifting heavy trays.
- Slip and falls in the galley.
- Injuries to stateroom attendants.
- Accidents handling luggage.
- Sexual assault.
Jim is handling cases of crew members from countries like Jamaica, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Nicaragua, Serbia, Croatia, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico.
With recent widespread incidents of cruise ship fires, collisions and sinkings, the world-wide media has called upon Jim for legal commentary and analysis. In the last couple of years alone, Jim has appeared in many hundreds of television, cable news, radio, documentary, and newspaper articles and programs.