Georgia, known as the Peach State, has over 100 miles of coast lining the Atlantic Ocean, as well as thousands of miles of waterways inland. While it is true that none of the more popular cruise ships use Georgia as a port of call, the cruises that leave from the state are typically day trips that provide cruisers with a look into the state’s history and provide entertainment and fun activities while at sea.
Whether you are going out for a murder mystery cruise onboard Savannah Riverboat or trying your luck at the slot machines onboard the Emerald Princess II, accidents can and do happen. But what options do cruisers and cruise workers have when such incidents occur?
Have You Been Assaulted or Raped While on a Cruise? Contact Us Right Away
We at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. realize that vacationers do not want to think about any of the bad things that could happen while on vacation. However, some of the same types of incidents that can occur on land occur at sea more often than many people realize. More and more, the media is covering stories involving cruise ships and passenger vessels, and the incidents range from onboard sickness to assaults and rapes.
Our Georgia maritime lawyers see firsthand the after effects of sexual assaults and rapes on both the victim and his or her family members. Consider this: When a sexual assault and/or rape takes place onboard a cruise ship while at sea, there are typically no law enforcement officers available to immediately speak with witnesses and secure the scene. Yes, there may be security personnel; however, they may or may not be trained in law enforcement.
That being the case, harmed individuals should not assume that evidence will be gathered properly from the scene or the incident will be thoroughly investigated in the same manner as deputized police officers.
If you have been attacked, we know your mind will be flooded with a variety of thoughts and concerns, ranging from who to contact after the incident to what to do after you notify the authorities. That is why we provide cruisers with the steps to take after you’ve been hurt onboard a ship.
We Have a Thorough Knowledge of the Laws Governing Rape and Sexual Assault Aboard Cruise Ships
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. attorneys have handled all types of maritime-related cases for well over 40 years. We strive to provide not only excellence when helping our clients, but we also want them to know that we will show them the compassion and ensure the utmost discretion when discussing the facts of their very personal situations.
Given the complexity of the laws that govern such incidents, we will explain how the laws might affect your case in as clear and concise a manner as possible. We know the importance of ensuring that victims meet all statutory time limitations and other legal requirements and we do not want a victim to lose his or her opportunity to obtain justice.
If you are a worker onboard a vessel or a passenger who was raped, sexually assaulted or harmed in any other way while onboard a cruise ship, contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. today to schedule an appointment.