When making vacation plans to take a cruise the last thing the passenger is concerned with is their personal safety. What they do not realize is that their safety is not as protected as they think.
Passengers who believe they are leaving the crimes of sexual assault and rape behind in the city, and on the shore, are wrong. Ehline Law has helped many rape victims recover big, million dollar plus settlements. Put our experience to work for you.
None of the 173 sexual assault or rape reports resulted in any criminal prosecutions. Still another popular cruise lines reported two rapes or sexual assaults per month on all its cruise ships. In fact, another cruise line employs a risk management team dedicated to handling only rape and sexual assault claims.
They have their lawyers, and that is why you will typically need injury lawyers who will give it their all to help you get money damages for your serious personal injury and loss from a rape while aboard a cruise liner.
This includes recovering special damages like medical bills and lost wages, and general damages like past, present and future pain and suffering.
If you were the victim of intentional acts or negligence on a cruise, you deserve to get compensation for your cruise ship injury or boat accident.
Getting sodomized or penetrated against your will causes severe emotional and physical trauma and is a known cause of PRSD. You feel besmirched and dishonored among other horrible things. And even if you are an injured employee in a seafarers union or cruise liner employee, we may be able to secure you money damages in your cruise ship negligence personal injury case.
But litigating a claim like this requires extensive legal skills. You may need to hire an expert witness to help prove your rape case and the resulting damages and liability. You may have suffered severe trauma and may even need a forensics expert, or security expert. This is because cruise ship negligence cases are complicated.
Did you know that under the law of agency, a negligent cruise line may be vicariously liable for bad acts of its cruise ship employees and their agents? They may even be strictly liable.
You may be entitled to recovery of money damages. And your civil case could still be strong if the acts weren’t within the scope of defendant's employment or agency. After all, Ehline can argue "cruise ship strict liability" in these cases.
Assuming you are the victim of a cruise ship crime, like rape, battery, assault, and so on, make sure to seal off the scene of the crime and allow no one to pass but law enforcement personnel such as the FBI.
Also, the cruise corporation will do its best to destroy evidence. So keep that in mind. In other words, call the FBI immediately. In any case, call Ehline Law Firm immediately. Set up an injury claim today.
Most cruise lines require an injured cruise ship passenger to notify the cruise line of any injuries starting six months after the unforeseen and life altering event.
In fact, a befallen passenger’s claim can become time barred. Mail your claim certified mail, return receipt requested. Retain copies of the certified letter.
Our past experience helping victims gives us the experience needed to assist other clients. After all, we have a prior understanding of these dangerous situations on cruise lines.
So in some cases it shows a pattern of disregard by the cruise line for their employees or passengers. More often than not, a history of complaints leads up to the incident.
But our clients will have the safe harbor of our experience working with experts in their fields of rape, sexual assault, forensics, and security. Also, we understand how traumatic and sensitive this situation can be for the client. But an experienced attorney uses the laws in the customer's favor. That way they can begin the healing process.
ELFPI uses a combination of:
In California, the current law used to build cases holds the cruise line liable for intentional wrongful acts of its crew members. This applies whether the act occurred during their hours on duty or not.
So if a minor under the age of 16 has sex with an adult, for example this is a sexual assault or statutory rape. And that remains true if the minor gave their consent.
In exchange for the cost of a ticket, a passenger liner creates a legal, binding contract with the tour boat passengers. But much of the contract is unfair and tilts for the cruise ship company. Ironically, these provisions can severely hinder your rights.
For example, these harsh conditions include the six-month notice provision. Also, they usually entail a one-year complaint filing provision. Last, there will normally be a strict forum selection provision.
Other unfair provisions include a that claim for lost or damaged baggage as low as $100 is valid, even if you lost over $100,000 in goods. Other harsh conditions include the right to deviate from a previously set and printed schedule. In fact, some even disclaim liability for on-shore injuries. So caveat emptor.
Call (213) 596-9642 to discuss your case now!