Attorney for Victims of Sexual Assault or Rape by Cruise Ship Passenger

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One of the most traumatic and upsetting things that can happen to any passenger or staff aboard a cruise ship is sexual assault. Cruise ships are supposed to provide fun vacations, and the staff and crew on the ship are responsible for maintaining safety and security. If they fail to do so, you may be entitled to sue them for the harm you faced from preventable assault, sexual assault, and rape.

If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted on a cruise ship by another passenger, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. Our attorneys for victims of sexual assault or rape by a cruise ship passenger may be able to help you with your case. Our lawyers will work diligently to investigate your case and hold the responsible parties accountable, fighting to get you financial compensation for the harm you faced. To schedule a free legal consultation on your case, call our law offices today at (305) 204-5369.

Suing a Cruise Ship for Rape by a Passenger

If you were sexually assaulted under the watch of the cruise ship’s crew and staff, they should be held accountable for the injuries and harm that you faced. Victims of sexual assault and rape might know that they are entitled to file a lawsuit against the individual who assaulted them, but they might not know that the cruise ship could also share responsibility for their harm.

Any injuries that happen on a cruise ship are governed by maritime law instead of the law of any particular state. U.S. maritime law applies to any ships that have a homeport in the United States. Most cruise ships keep their homeport in Miami, Florida, which means that your case likely needs to be filed in a federal court in Miami. Under maritime law, assaults, sexual assaults, and rape are highly illegal, and the individuals who perpetrate these acts can be held responsible through a lawsuit. Moreover, the shipowner and operator who fails to keep the victim safe can be sued as well.

“Negligent security” is one of the most common claims filed against cruise ships in these kinds of cases. Many cruise lines hire staff members that fail to keep passengers safe, even from other passengers. For instance, bartenders who continue to sell drinks to overly intoxicated passengers put them at risk for assault or injury. Security personnel who fail to stop passengers from dragging or carrying away intoxicated guests also fail to do their duty to keep people safe on cruise ships.

These are not risks that only the passengers face; other crew members and workers on ships also face the risk of sexual assault by passengers. Victims of rape and sexual assault who worked on the ship might also be able to sue their employer and the shipowner and operator for failing to keep them safe aboard the vessel.

Compensation for Rape and Sexual Assault on a Cruise Ship

If you were the victim of rape or sexual assault that occurred on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This kind of case is, at its core, an injury claim, which allows you to receive damages for the medical bills and lost wages you faced from the injury. It also allows you to claim potentially substantial compensation for the pain and suffering you faced because of the assault.

Medical treatment may be necessary after a sexual assault. In many cases, these terrible acts are committed through force and violence, which may mean that you suffered injuries that need immediate medical attention after the assault. While a ship’s infirmary may be able to treat some of your injuries, you may need emergency transportation via helicopter or another boat to get you treatment onshore. This treatment is not always professional, especially if you are taken to another country. In many cases, you may need additional medical care once you get home, plus potential rehabilitation or physical therapy. All of these costs should be compensated by the responsible parties.

In some cases, injuries might prevent you from returning to work as well. During your recovery, you may be entitled to claim damages for the lost wages you faced. You may also claim ongoing damages for lost wages if you suffered long-term injuries that keep you from performing physical tasks at work or stop you from returning to work altogether.

Generally, you can also claim damages for pain and suffering in an injury lawsuit brought under maritime law. The pain and suffering in a sexual assault case are often extremely high, and the emotional distress and mental anguish of the incident is not something that is easily set aside. These damages might be substantial, potentially covering as much as the value of the medical bills and lost wages – or more, in serious cases.

These damages are typically paid by the parties that caused them. In some cases, the court might declare that the individual assailant is responsible for some share of these damages and the ship and cruise line are responsible for another share. Ultimately, you should be entitled to claim the full value of the damages you faced, and your lawyer can work toward getting you the compensation you deserve.

Call Our Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault Victim Lawyers

If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted on a cruise ship by a passenger, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind immediately. Our attorneys for victims of rape and sexual assault committed by a cruise ship passenger may be able to take your case and fight to get you compensation from the individual who assaulted you as well as the cruise liner that failed to keep you safe. To learn more about how to file your claim and what your case might be worth, call our maritime law attorneys today at (305) 204-5369.

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