Protect Yourself Ahead of Time

Reading the Fine Print on Your Ticket

Incidents of sexual assault and rape on board cruise ships can involve passengers who are victimized by cruise ship workers, as well as passengers who are victimized by other passengers. Regardless of who performs the horrific act, it is important for vacationers to know that there are laws that govern the occurrence of rape and sexual assault aboard a ship. The cruise ship rape lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have considerable experience handling these sensitive cases, and they are ready and able to assist those who have found themselves in such situations.

Even though the excitement of taking a cruise can overtake a vacationer’s thoughts prior to leaving, they should remember that even though they are on vacation, they should take a few important steps before embarking on that trip of a lifetime. The following information is provided to supply cruisers with a few tips they can use to protect themselves ahead of time.

Carefully Read Your Medical Insurance Plan and Ask Questions Prior to Leaving

Prior to leaving on a cruise, travelers should consider reviewing their health insurance plans. Generally speaking, the health insurance that is offered in the United States may not be accepted when traveling outside of the U.S., and individuals who are on Medicaid and Medicare are typically not covered for costs associated with hospital stays and other medical care while outside of the country. Accordingly, vacationers who have health plans should contact their insurance companies to find out whether or not they will be covered when traveling outside the U.S. If a traveler is not covered, he or she may want to consider purchasing additional insurance prior to leaving.

When speaking with their clients, our lawyers might also remind them that the type of medical attention they will get while at the cruise ship’s infirmary will likely be far less comprehensive than they would have received at a U.S. facility immediately following the rape or sexual assault. That said, cruisers should ask their trip planners and/or travel agents detailed, specific questions about what will or might take place in the event medical treatment is needed, such as whether or not the onboard medical facilities are accessible 24 hours a day and whether the doctor is licensed to practice in the U.S.

Read the Fine Print on the Ticket

Sadly, attacks happen on the sea much like they do while on dry land. And just like there are certain time limits under the law that must be adhered to when filing claims against individuals who have committed crimes against others while on land, there may be specific time limitations established by the cruise ship with respect to filing claims against the cruise line. For example, a ticket might state that a passenger will only have one year from the occurrence of the incident to file a claim against the company. Additionally, the ticket might also specify a certain jurisdiction in which lawsuits can be brought, which might be inconvenient for the traveler. Thus, it is imperative to contact a maritime professional after any sexual assault incident.

Stay Vigilant

For some cruisers, the fact that they are riding the waters with hundreds of other excited vacationers might give them a false sense of camaraderie while enjoying their own little “floating city.” But individuals should act in the same manner they would if they were visiting an unfamiliar town. Safety, along with enjoyment, should always be at the forefront of travelers’ minds.

If you have questions about the laws that may govern your upcoming vacation, contact an attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. today for a consultation.