Carnival Cruise Lines, American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company and Norwegian Cruise Lines are among the many cruise carriers that depart from Louisiana. Those who leave on a cruise from Louisiana may be planning for a time of relaxation and sightseeing, but unfortunately, there are many people who instead face tragedy while onboard their cruise.
Rape is a very real risk on all cruise lines, as crew members and other passengers could engage in acts of sexual violence when the boat is out at sea. The trauma and injuries associated with rape can change the course of your life forever and you need to know your rights if you are harmed. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. provides legal representation to victims injured in a sexual attack while aboard a cruise that left from Louisiana or anywhere else in the country.
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Cruise Ship Rape is a Serious Risk
Cruise ships are supposed to be a safe place for passengers, as cruise lines should ensure they don’t hire criminals to work as crewmembers and should also provide adequate security to prevent attacks by other passengers. Unfortunately, this does not always occur.
Most cruise passengers are not informed of the possible risk to their safety that could arise from being trapped at sea with crewmen or passengers who behave in sexually violent ways. Cruise lines, unfortunately, don’t warn clients about the possibility of rapes aboard cruise ships. Statistics on rapes at sea are still not well-publicized, although more cruise lines have begun voluntarily making some information available thanks to Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. attorneys who fought for legislation requiring statistics on sexual assaults to be made publicly available.
The bottom line is, when a rape happens aboard a cruise ship, it is never your fault and you should not have to bear the losses the incident has caused you. A cruise ship rape lawyer can help you to determine if you have a claim for compensation for an attack the cruise line played a role in causing.
Cruise Ship Rape Cases Can be Complicated
Cruise ship rape cases can be complicated. Unfortunately, when sexual violence happens at sea, it is not always possible to go to the police right away to report the attack. You also are trapped offshore and don’t have access to a hospital where a rape kit can be performed. While the onboard ship’s doctor can provide you with medical services, the doctors aboard may not have the ability or the inclination to help you get the DNA and other evidence you need to go after your rapist.
While pressing criminal charges against the person who hurt you can be especially difficult without the types of evidence collection that may be available on land, there is a lower standard of proof for civil cases against the cruise line. You deserve to get as much justice as you can, and a civil case for cruise ship rape can make it possible for you to hold the cruise line accountable for their part in what happened to you.
A lawyer with Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can help you fight for fair compensation in a civil lawsuit after a sexual attack aboard any cruise line. Contact us today to learn more by calling 877-233-1238 or contact us online for a no-strings attached consultation.