The Port of Houston has a long and rich tradition of providing a departure point for pleasure cruises. The first regular passenger service began operating out of the Port of Houston in 1922 and by 1924, there were multiple ships departing from the port and transporting passengers to Hamburg, Breman, Vera Cruz and Southampton.
Today, the Port of Houston continues to be a popular cruise departure point. Norwegian Cruise Line began cruising out of the Port of Houston in 1997, and Princess Cruises also has ships departing from the Port of Houston’s Bayport Cruise Terminal. Unfortunately, while the Port of Houston promises a state-of-the-art facility, passenger convenience and innovative security systems to keep passengers safer, those departing from the Port may find themselves facing problems once they are offshore and aboard the ship.
Rape and violence are real threats aboard cruises departing from the Port of Houston. A cruise ship rape lawyer is an invaluable ally to victims of these terrible crimes and should be consulted as soon as possible if you are harmed or a loved one is hurt. Cruise lines use a number of tactics to obscure the dangers of cruising to passengers and to try to avoid responsibility when things go wrong. That is one of the reasons why victims of cruise ship assault need an experienced legal professional to help them obtain the compensation they deserve.
Cruise Ship Rape and Acts of Violence
Cruise ship rape and sexual assault are more common on pleasure vessels than cruise companies would like passengers to believe. Given the seriousness of the problem, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. attorneys fought for legislation that would require cruise lines to publicize sexual assault statistics and, in response, some ships began to provide this information so passengers could make informed decisions about whether to cruise despite the risk to their safety. In 2010, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act was passed to force cruise ships to report rape, sexual assault, and other types of violence to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
While cruise ships are now alerting customers to some of the dangers they face, these same cruise lines often do too little to protect victims from harm but do have in place measures to limit their responsibility when a passenger becomes the victim of a crime or is hurt in a cruise ship accident.
Contract language on cruise tickets imposes limitations on where suits can be filed and when claims can be made against the cruise line. This contractual language makes it more difficult for victims to get justice, but Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. knows the laws and the tactics used by cruise lines. Our experienced attorneys go head-to-head with those defending cruise companies in order to make the legal system work effectively to protect victims of cruise ship sexual assault, rape, and other acts of violence.
Contact a Cruise Ship Rape Attorney With LMAW Today
No one should ever be victimized by sexual assault or rape, but these crimes can be especially frightening when you are alone at sea. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has an app for cruise passengers to help them document injuries while also providing essential travel information for cruise passengers to read before they cruise so they will be better equipped to respond if something goes wrong once they are sailing.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a rape, sexual assault or other incident while onboard a cruise ship, we are always here to help. Give our attorneys a call at 877-233-1238 or contact us online as soon as you can, so we can begin putting together your case and maximize your chances for success and compensation.