There are three passenger cruise ship terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey: the Cape Liberty Cruise Port, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, and the New York Passenger Ship Terminal. The New York Passenger Ship Terminal was the only ocean-going passenger terminal until the Cape Liberty Cruise Port opened in New Jersey in 2004 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal opened in Brooklyn in 2006.
The two new ports opened to accommodate more cruise traffic, as the New York Passenger Ship Terminal could only accommodate three large ships comfortably. Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation and Azamara Cruises are among the companies taking advantage of new terminals so more passengers can depart from the New York area.
More passengers cruising from ports in and near New York means more passengers are vulnerable to problems on cruise ships that result in a risk of rape or sexual assault. A cruise ship can be held accountable for rape in many different circumstances. If you are a victim, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can provide legal guidance to help you pursue a claim for compensation.
Cruise Ships Can Put Passengers at Risk of Rape
According to Section 3(6) of the Shipping Act of 1984, 18 U.S.C. Section 1702(g), a cruise ship that departs from the U.S. waters can be considered a “common carrier” under U.S. law. Common carriers have a duty to passengers aboard to protect them against physical injury and harm. This means a cruise ship is responsible for taking basic steps to ensure the safety of passengers onboard. Cruise ships can be held responsible for rape if:
- Any crew members commit rape, sexual assault, or other crimes against you.
- A passenger commits rape or assault as a result of the negligence of security aboard the ship.
You need to be able to make your case and show that the cruise line should be held responsible for what happened to you. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is committed to providing assistance to cruise passengers departing from New York, New York (or elsewhere throughout the country) who suffered acts of sexual abuse or violence aboard a cruise ship.
Victims deserve to get justice and the cruise lines must be held liable for their failures to passengers. You should be compensated for the costs of medical care, emotional distress, lasting injuries, missed work, pain and suffering and other damages you have experienced due to the crime committed against you. We will help you prove the cruise line is to blame and will provide assistance in demonstrating the extent of your damages.
A Cruise Ship Rape Lawyer Can Help You
Civil cases against cruise ships arising from rape are sensitive cases and you need an attorney who has compassion as well as legal skills and an understanding of laws applicable to cruise liability. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has helped victims to settle or sue after rape or sexual assault occurred on some of the biggest cruise lines in the country. Call today to learn how we can bring our education and legal backgrounds to your case. We can be reached at 877-233-1238 or contact us online for a free consultation.