Almost 20 cruise lines depart from British ports and the United Kingdom is third behind Spain and Italy in terms of embarkations each year. The European Cruise Council reported almost a million passengers departed from ports in the UK over a single year, many from the two most popular ports of Southhampton and Dover.
Passengers and crew members aboard ships domiciled in the UK, departing from the UK, or visiting the UK have certain rights. Anyone aboard these pleasure vessels can expect the cruise operator to ensure a reasonably safe environment. This includes not only protecting passengers and crew from injuries caused by unsafe equipment, slippery docks or dangerous food, but also protecting against acts of violence. While cruise lines aren’t expected to be perfect and don’t guarantee the safety of passengers 100 percent, they are obliged to take reasonable precautions and provide adequate security. When they don’t and a rape or a sexual assault happens, victims need to know their rights.
A cruise ship rape lawyer can advise victims on how to proceed after an attack occurs. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has the experience and compassion necessary to provide representation to anyone who was victimized by acts of sexual assault. We understand international and local maritime laws that apply to determine how victims can obtain compensation and we work hard to ensure victims are paid for the damages they have endured.
Cruise Ship Rape Risks
Rape or sexual assault happens far more frequently than most cruise operators admit, despite successful efforts by Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. attorneys to lobby for reporting requirements. Passengers and crew members could be raped by workers aboard boats or by other passengers. Cruise lines can be held accountable when staff members perpetrate the acts of violence or when the violence is facilitated by negligent security aboard vessels. In some cases, cruise lines can even be held accountable for sexual assaults and attacks that occur on shore excursions if the cruise line organized excursions and was negligent in taking steps to ensure the safety of passengers.
Unfortunately for visitors to the UK or those visiting other ports of call after departing the UK, understanding how to report a sexual assault or conduct an investigation while offshore or in a foreign country can be very complicated. It is also difficult to know what laws apply to provide for compensation and how to navigate the complex maritime laws that could govern the outcome of your case. As you cope with the aftermath of a sexual attack, you do not need the added stress of trying to resolve legal issues on your own. You need a compassionate legal professional who can help.
How Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. Can Help After a UK Assault
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has an international reputation for providing representation to victims of sexual abuse aboard cruise vessels. Our experienced lawyers assist clients injured in the United Kingdom or those injured on a vessel domiciled in the UK. To learn more and to get your case started after an assault or injury has affected you or your loved one, give us a call today at 877-233-1238 for a consultation or contact us online.