Offshore accident lawyer Houston

Offshore accident lawyer Houston.

What We’re All About

The Crew Member & Maritime Advocacy Center was started in 2004 by Julio J. Ayala. Mr. Ayala started his legal career in 1993 working as an in house attorney for Carnival Cruise Lines . Having acquired vast experience in handling crew member personal injury claims, Mr. Ayala started his own practice in 1997 dedicated exclusively to representing maritime personal injury victims against the major cruise lines and cargo ship operators headquartered in Miami, Florida. On July 2010 the Crew Member & Maritime Advocacy Center reorganized and Mr. Ayala assumed full control over the firm. Presently the Crew Member & Maritime Advocacy Center counts on the support of independent counsel to assist with work overflows and a support staff dedicated to offering the personalized attention each client expects and deserves. Our firm is located in Miami, Florida the cruise capital of the world and has offices less than one mile from the Port of Miami and in Coral Gables. Our office is also conveniently located a short distance from the hotels that house and hospitals treat our clients to ensure ready access to all client needs.



For the past 30 years, the lawyers at Crewmember and Maritime Advocacy Law firm have handled: Personal Injury, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Sexual Harassment, Commercial and Insurance Claims of all types.

The Crew Advocacy

CMAC was established as a boutique law firm to serve the needs of seafarers injured while employed aboard cruise vessels and cargo vessels. From its inception, CMAC’s main objective has been to provide crew members honest legal and ethical representation while seeking full justice under law. Unlike other maritime personal injury law offices, at CMAC we believe effective representation begins with the initial client interview and establishing an open and honest evaluation of the claim and not “sugar coat” or create unrealistic expectations for the client. We are not a large volume case law firm which treats the client as “just another claimant. We pride ourselves in providing tailor made solutions designed for the individual needs of each client.


Maritime Law Attorney and Cruise Ship Attorneys
The Community of Maritime Law Attorneys
Crewmember & Maritime Advocacy Center commercial litigation and personal injury attorneys are a distinguished group of professionals at the highest level of their profession. Serving all the crewmembers around the world and passengers as well, our personal injury and commercial litigation attorneys are united by their commitment to the principles of the American justice system and unsurpassed expertise in their chosen areas of practice. The firm has multilingual staff to help accommodate the needs of our Spanish, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian and Bulgarian -speaking clients.

Fees & Costs

We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means that you as the client do not have to pay any attorney fees until and unless we win your case. If nothing is recovered, there is no attorney fee, regardless of the amount of time spent on your case.

The contingency fee does not apply to amounts recovered for maintenance and cure, medical reimbursement or retirement benefits. Typically, we will agree to obtain these benefits for you as part of our fee agreement, without charge, as long as you are represented by us.

The contingency fee is calculated based on the amount we recover for you for general damages, which includes compensation for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and earnings capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, and other amounts for future compensable injury paid as a part of settlement.

Crew Member Accidents

Cruise Ship Crew Member Accident Attorney. If any of the information below pertains to you, or you think it does, call immediately for free consultation.
Crew member accident attorneys are often used for the following negligence by cruise ships:

Crew member injuries and deaths which occur on cruise ships are many times caused by:


  • Lifting heavy objects without prior safety equipment
  • Slippery decks and galleys
  • Unclean working environments
  • Poorly maintained or broken equipment
  • Understaffing
  • Insufficiently trained co-workers
  • Improper lighting
  • Failure to provide prompt, proper or adequate medical treatment
  • Inadequate railings
  • Dock strikes
  • Working excessive hours
Injured Crew Members May Be Entitled To The Following Compensation
Crew members may be entitled to a wide range of compensation for on-the-job injuries. This compensation may include payment for medical care and treatment, lost wages as well as damages for pain and suffering resulting from the accident.

The amount of compensation depends upon the severity of the injury, the amount of wages the crew member has lost and will lose in the future, the age of the crew member, and the amount of medical treatment required in the past and likely be required in the future.

For each cruise ship crew member we represent, we strive to obtain the appropriate amount of medical care and compensation for the injury allowable under the law.

The Jones Act
The Jones Act permits injured seamen to seek compensation for injuries resulting from the negligence of their employers or co-workers during the course of their employment on a vessel. As a seaman you know, a ship can be a very dangerous place to work.
The Jones Act reflects that reality of maritime work, and a seaman’s employer may be liable for even a small breach of duty which contributes to a seaman’s injury. This is true, even where a seaman performs dangerous work while aware of the high risks involved in the work. In addition to compensation for injuries caused by negligence, an injured seaman may also make a claim against the vessel’s owner on the basis that the vessel was not seaworthy. An employer may also be liable for failing to provide a seaman with adequate medical care.

Jones Act litigation seeks to recover damages for both past and future economic and non-economic losses.

Maintenance and Cure
When a seaman is injured on a vessel, regardless of who is at fault, the seaman has a legal right to “maintenance and cure” – benefits similar to those available through traditional “workers’ compensation” law. “Maintenance” takes the form of a daily allowance, usually about $10 to $40 per day, to cover the food and shelter the injured seaman would have received aboard the vessel had the injury not occurred.

“Cure” represents the employer obligation to provide an injured seaman with appropriate medical care, hospitalization, and rehabilitation services, until the injured seaman reaches maximum medical improvement. (Please note that the obligation to provide maintenance and cure ends when the seaman reaches maximum medical improvement, even if the seaman will never fully recover from his injuries, and will never be able to return to work.)

An injured seaman has an absolute right to maintenance and cure, apart from any Jones Act claim. If a seaman has a valid Jones Act claim, the seaman may be able to recover a very substantial award of damages in addition to obtaining full benefits of maintenance and cure.

Practice Areas





121 Alhambra Circle, Suite 1500

Coral Gables, Fl 33134

13727 SW 152 Street, #249
Miami, FL 33177

305-965-1406 (24 hours /7 days a week)


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