The B Street Cruise Ship Terminal of the Port of San Diego is located in the heart of downtown. Passengers depart frequently from the Port of San Diego aboard boats operated by Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Silver Sea.
Cruises carry passengers to destinations in the Caribbean and beyond but unfortunately, sometimes passengers face unexpected risks aboard cruise ships. Rape and sexual assault are far more common than most cruise ship passengers are aware of and these terrible crimes can have a devastating long-term effect well after the cruise is over. A cruise ship rape lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. should be consulted for help if you or someone you love was a victim.
The Importance of Working with an Attorney After a Sexual Assault
Sexual assault or rape aboard a cruise ship can occur for many reasons. Passengers may be assaulted by crew members or by fellow cruisers aboard the ship. Inadequate security, a failure to perform background checks on crew members and other negligence on the part of cruise ship operators can create an environment where the risk of sexual assault is unacceptably high for passengers. The failures of the cruise line can be a direct cause of the crime the victim endures.
Cruise ships need to be held accountable when they create conditions that lead to passenger rape or sexual assault. Unfortunately, making a successful claim against a cruise line can be challenging for many reasons. Many victims have difficulty collecting evidence while out at sea, especially as cruise ship doctors may not follow proper protocols for preserving evidence after a sexual assault. Crew and cruise staff may be uncooperative with providing information to victims and victims trapped on the ocean can’t just call the police to get help right away.
Victims also face challenges in determining where to file suit and what laws apply. When ships leave San Diego, it does not necessarily mean cases can be brought within the California state court system. Sometimes, ships operate under the flags of other countries and sometimes fine print on cruise tickets specifies a forum or venue where cases must be heard.
All of these challenges mean it is important to work with an experienced attorney after a cruise ship crime. A San Diego lawyer who has handled cruise ship rape cases can provide guidance on evidence collection, take care of filing a claim in an appropriate court and can help you prove your entitlement to compensation.
Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
A cruise ship rape attorney at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. can provide invaluable assistance if you or someone you love was victimized while aboard a cruise.
Since 1971, we have been representing cruise ship passengers throughout the entire United States. Our attorneys and our firm have won awards for our legal service and have been instrumental in helping to force cruise lines to disclose sexual assault statistics to passengers. We care deeply about every cruise passenger who was the victim of a criminal act and we work hard to help clients get the compensation they need to rebuild after a rape, sexual assault or other crime aboard a cruise ship. To learn more and get help with your injury claim, call 877-233-1238 or contact us online.