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Cruise Ship Assault Cases

Legal Guidance from a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer in Miami

According to the Department of Transportation, sexual assault is one of the most common crimes committed aboard cruise ships. Based on statistics gathered by the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA), in 2019 there were 44 reported sexual assaults between January and June. The reported assault victims included both passengers and crew members.

It is a sad reality that assault is a common occurrence on cruise ships. Even though recent improvements have been made to make cruise ships safer for passengers, cases of sexual assault and other incidents still occur.

Cruise ship companies are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for their guests. If an operator is aware of a danger but does not address it, he or she can be held accountable for the damages associated with an assault that occurs as a result.

Common causes of assault include:

  • Broken door locks
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Incomplete background checks on employees
  • Inadequate security

What Should I Do if I Have Been Sexually Assaulted on a Cruise Ship?

If you have been the victim of sexual assault, it is important that you act immediately:

  • Seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been injured.
  • You have a right to request a sexual assault forensic exam in order to collect DNA, even on board a cruise ship; in order to preserve evidence you should avoid showering, changing or cleaning up until the exam has been completed
  • If you are traveling outside of the U.S., seek support from the U.S. Embassy in the country you are currently visiting; you may also contact the FBI or the U.S. Coast Guard
  • You should also report the incident to the cruise ship security as quickly as possible
  • Contact our firm for compassionate and skilled representation; you do not have to face this difficult time alone

Assault & Battery Representation for Passengers & Crewmembers

Assault can occur in many ways:

  • Assault and battery can take place between passengers.
  • In other situations, sexual assault is caused by a crewmember.

If you have been inappropriately touched on a cruise ship as a passenger or a crewmember, you will need to take immediate action to protect your rights and pursue maximum compensation. Report the crime as soon as possible to strengthen your case.

Contact Michael C. Black, P.A.

When it comes to assault cases on a cruise ship, timing is everything. Typically, cruise ships only permit you to file a claim within a year of the incident. We are committed to ensuring that your voice is heard and that the negligent or malicious individual is held responsible. Do not try to handle this situation on your own. Instead, retain quality representation from Michael C. Black, P.A.!

Why We're Qualified to Take On Your Case:

  • Over 20 years of experience

  • Board certified in Maritime & Admiralty Law

  • Free phone consultations available

  • Attentive & Communicative with Every Client

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