Hawaii is a popular cruising destination and many ships travel to Honolulu, which is Hawaii’s capital. Cruise ships generally dock at Aloha Tower Pier 2 or at Pier 11, providing easy access to Aloha Tower, the Aloha Tower Marketplace and other attractions, including famous Waikiki Beach. Visiting Hawaii and stopping at the Port of Honolulu should be paradise for cruise passengers, but unfortunately some cruise lines don’t provide adequate security or a safe environment.
When cruise lines neglect their responsibilities to passenger safety, terrible things can happen. Sexual assault and rape on cruises occur more often than many passengers think they do and victims are often left struggling to get medical attention, preserve evidence and protect their interests on their after the incident. If you were raped or otherwise victimized on a ship leaving from or traveling to Honolulu, a cruise ship rape lawyer can help you.
Rape and Sexual Assault Aboard Cruise Ships
Cruise ships must conduct background checks on crew members, provide adequate security and take all reasonable precautions to prevent sexual assault, cruise ship rape and any other acts of violence. Cruise ship accident prevention is the responsibility of cruise lines.
In situations where the company does not live up to its obligations, a civil lawsuit can be filed. These cases are more complicated than land based court claims, and because of the international nature of cruising, Companies departing from or docking in Honolulu may be nonetheless subject you to a different country’s jurisdiction when making a claim, which can make it difficult (or impossible, in some instances) for a victim to get his or her case handled in a convenient U.S. court.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has represented clients hurt off the shores of Honolulu, as well as provided representation to victims of injuries sustained in on-shore excursions when ships stop at Waikiki Beach. We understand the unique challenges involved in holding cruise lines accountable for things that happen at sea. Whether you are a U.S. citizen or were visiting Hawaii from another country aboard a cruise ship, we can help.
When a victim is raped, for example, an investigation must be launched right away because physical evidence of the rape will be lost or degraded if too much time goes by. The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, signed into law in 2010, requires cruise lines to be more cooperative than they had been in the past when allegations of rape are made. For example, video records from cruise lines must now be made available to law enforcement conducting an investigation into a crime aboard the ship. Owners and operators are also now required to maintain rape kits and adequate supplies of anti-retroviral medications.
However, Cruise lines still use tactics designed to delay investigations, and their medical professionals on board may be look out for the interests of the company employing them rather than in preserving evidence and focusing on helping the victim of the cruise ship rape. Because of this, victims need an advocate on their side as quickly as possible, to help them protect their rights and prove their case.
Getting Help from a Cruise Ship Rape Lawyer
At Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., our firm has a long history of success with offshore injury claims including cases arising from rape and sexual assault. We care deeply about our clients, and firmly believe that cruise lines must be held accountable if their actions or inactions are what lead to acts of violence. If you were injured on a cruise line departing from or docking in Honolulu, our lawyers will provide the representation you need to fight for full compensation for losses. Call 877-233-1238 or contact us today to discuss your case.