Lawyer for Victims of Rape & Sexual Assault by Cruise Ship Staff or Employees

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At the end of the day, the most important priority for any staff or crew on a cruise ship should be the safety of the passengers. Employees or crew on the cruise liner who violate positions of trust and responsibility to take advantage of intoxicated passengers or overpower coworkers to absolutely violate those safety and security goals. In many cases, victims of this kind of violation can take the responsible staff and the cruise line to court.

If you or a loved one was a passenger or employee on a cruise ship that faced rape or sexual assault by a cruise ship employee, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the cruise ship and its operators. These cases can often result in substantial compensation, helping you move forward after this kind of mistreatment. For a free legal consultation on your case, contact the experienced cruise ship rape and sexual assault attorneys at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind. You can reach our experienced maritime law attorneys at (305) 204-5369 to schedule your free legal consultation today.

Filing Lawsuits for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault by Cruise Ship Crew

The staff and crew on a cruise ship owe passengers certain duties. The cruise company must do its best to take reasonable steps to keep its passengers safe from dangers like food poisoning, water contamination, ship safety risks, and security risks. When their own staff members betray these duties and actually cause injuries and security risks, the cruise ship might be responsible for the injuries.

This means that cruise ships can usually be held liable when their staff or crew commit serious offenses against passengers and other crew members. This could include instances of assault and battery as well as sexual assault or rape. The cruise ship’s negligent security, negligent hiring of dangerous crew, or failure to investigate and root out serial abusers on their ship is a serious problem on many cruise lines, and those companies should be held liable for what their staff does.

The individuals can also be held responsible for their actions. This means that any individual perpetrator can also be sued for sexual abuse committed aboard a ship.

Typically, these lawsuits are governed by maritime law. For cases involving ships from the U.S., this means filing your case in a federal court with jurisdiction over the case. In maritime lawsuits, you typically need to file your case where the ship’s home port is – which means Miami, Florida for most U.S. cruise liners.

Compensation for Sexual Assault and Rape Injuries on a Cruise

If you were sexually assaulted and abused on a cruise ship, you may need medical attention. The injuries you sustained could require you to take some time off work to recover, or serious injuries from force and violence may make it difficult to return to work at all. On top of these harms, you will have faced physical pain as well as mental and emotional scars of the abuse. These damages, whether economic, physical, or mental, can be compensated through a lawsuit against the responsible parties.

Medical Expenses

The damages for medical expenses can be high in a case like this. In some cases, surgery and immediate medical attention is required to treat injuries sustained during the assault, potentially including physical injuries from blows or strangulation. When you are injured on a cruise ship, you usually need to be brought to the closest hospital for treatment. This might mean seeking medical evacuation and suffering from a delay in care, potentially making the injuries worse and requiring more advanced treatment. Even with these expanded costs, you may be entitled to have the full value of your medical care compensated.

Lost Wages

The damages for lost wages differ from case to case. In some cases, you may not have suffered severe enough injuries to keep you out of work for very long. In other cases, physical injuries might lead to disabilities that mean you need to take an extended time off of work or take a lower-paying job with reduced work tasks. In any case, you may be entitled to claim the damages for any lost wages or reduced earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

Damages for pain and suffering can be the most severe part of any sexual assault lawsuit. Victims of sexual assault may face physical pain and discomfort, but the mental effects may be more severe. Treating mental anguish and emotional distress might require therapy and mental health intervention, which can be compensated alongside medical expenses. However, the pain and suffering itself can also be compensated as part of a lawsuit.

Who Pays Damages?

In many cases, injuries caused by an on-duty employee can be compensated by the employer. In the case of an assault committed by a crew member while on duty, the ship and cruise line might be required to pay your damages. In cases where the individual assailant was off duty but the crew’s negligent security or other issues contributed to the injuries, the court may split the damages among the assailant and the cruise line. Your attorney can help you determine how these damages should be paid and how much you can claim.

Call Our Lawyer for Cruise Ship Rape and Assault Victims Injured by Staff and Crew

If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted by a crew member while traveling on a cruise ship, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. today. Our experienced maritime injury attorneys represent victims of sexual assaults and injuries aboard cruise ships, take the responsible cruise employees and companies to court, and fight for compensation for our clients. To schedule a free legal consultation with our attorneys for victims of rape and sexual assault committed by cruise ship employees, call us today at (305) 204-5369.

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