Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault Lawyers

Our lead trial lawyer Brett Rivkind has an international reputation for dedication and excellence. His hard work and success have been recognized extensively through awards and special recognitions.

Cruise ship passengers and workers are subject to rape and sexual assault every year. The victims of these terrible acts could face assault by a worker on the cruise ship or another passenger. In either case, the victim may be entitled to sue the individual that assaulted them as well as the cruise ship and cruise company that failed to keep them safe.

Rivkind & Margulies, P.A., has extensive experience litigating cruise ship sexual assault cases and fighting to get our clients the compensation they need for the harm they endured. Our firm conducts a thorough investigation of each case and works to use forensic evidence and other evidence that might be available to hold the cruise liner and the assailant responsible. For a free legal consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (305) 204-5369.

Suing Cruise Ships for Rape and Sexual Assault on Board

The definitions of “rape” and “sexual assault” vary depending on the laws you are working with. In most cases, there is no need to wonder whether the acts you were subjected to were “bad enough” to qualify under the legal definitions; any unwanted touching typically qualifies as assault, which you can sue for. Worse cases of sexual assault or rape might involve more aggressive violations, which you can also sue for.

Lawsuits for sexual assault and rape on a cruise ship can often be filed against the cruise line as well as the individual that attacked you. The individual should be held responsible for their own choices and abusive conduct. This means that, at the very least, you should be able to file your sexual assault lawsuit against the crew member or passenger who took advantage of you. However, you can often sue the cruise ship and its operators as well.

Cruise ship operators are responsible for maintaining safety aboard their ships. It is completely unacceptable for a passenger or crew member to be subject to such unsafe circumstances that someone is permitted to attack them. Many instances of sexual assault on cruise ships involve plying people with drinks or drugging them at on-board bars. Bartenders and security staff at the bar should be more attentive to guests’ safety, and they should never overserve passengers to the point where they cannot walk or protect themselves. In addition, security staff and other crew responsible for safety should take precautions to help passengers who need it and avoid these incidents.

In some cases, rapes and sexual assaults aboard ships are actually committed by crew members who should have been responsible for passenger safety and security. When this kind of dereliction of duty occurs, the cruise ship should be held responsible for their employees’ mistakes and unacceptable conduct.

Seeking Compensation for Cruise Ship Sexual Assault and Rape

Survivors of sexual assault on a cruise ship may have the right to seek compensation, but it is up to their attorney to prove what damages they have suffered and get them the compensation they need. Typically, the compensation in these cases comes from a lawsuit – but that lawsuit could end in a settlement or a jury trial. The damages the victim receives also depend heavily on the specifics of the particular case, but our attorneys will discuss some of the general areas of damages you can claim.

In many injury and assault cases, the defendant may be willing to settle the case out of court. Cases of people being sexually assaulted on their cruises are a bad public image to have, so many cruise companies work to settle these cases instead of having the case become public record in a lawsuit. This can often mean that the victim is able to get the compensation they deserve without having to discuss their case in open court and testify before a jury.

It is vital to talk to a lawyer before accepting any settlement offers. Large companies and their insurance companies often work to keep settlement amounts low to save them money. This means that many settlement offers may be too low to cover your needs. The sudden offer of a large amount of money might be enough to sway many into settling, but our attorneys can help you understand whether you deserve more or whether the settlement is enough.

When calculating damages you are entitled to, our attorneys will look at many areas of potential harm. Generally, damages can be split into economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are ones that affected your money and most commonly involve the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, and therapy bills related to the events. This can include treatment at a hospital for your injuries as well as mental health counseling to deal with PTSD and other effects.

Non-economic damages cover the intangible harms you faced. The violation of being touched without your consent is not something that we can put a price on, but you may still be able to seek damages for the harm that this caused, independent of the medical bills or therapy bills that result from it. These damages can pay for physical pain, mental suffering, emotional effects, and mental anguish related to the assault.

Call Our Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault Victim Attorneys for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one was subjected to unwanted touching or sexual assault on a cruise ship, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. today. Our cruise ship rape and sexual assault lawyers represent survivors of these kinds of attacks and fight to get them compensation for the harm they faced. On a cruise ship, this can often mean suing the cruise company. Whether you were a passenger or a crew member – and whether you were assaulted by a passenger or a crew member – call our law offices today for help with your case. To set up a free legal consultation on your potential case, call our lawyers today at (305) 204-5369.

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