Rape and Sexual Assault

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Rape & Assaults Cases by Crew Members, Passengers and Maritime Employees

Working on a ship or vessel can be challenging. Crew members and other maritime workers are not only exposed to hazardous conditions every day, they can also be seriously harmed by dangerous and violent co-workers. When a maritime employee is raped or sexually assaulted by a fellow employee or supervisor, the employer can be held legally liable for the employee’s wrongful actions.

The Jones Act is a federal statute designed to protect seamen. Under the Act, a maritime employer has a duty to ensure that the conditions on a vessel are reasonably safe for crew members. This duty not only involves making sure that the vessel is safe, but also requires the employer to ensure that individuals who are working on the vessel are not violent or dangerous

If a maritime employer does not adequately screen its new hires or fails to institute proper employee supervision and retention practices, the employer can be held legally liable. This means that if you are a crew member who has been raped or assaulted by a supervisor or coworker, you may be able to file a negligence action to recover damages from your employer. Additionally, if you have been sexually harassed in the workplace, you may have an actionable workplace harassment claim against your employer. A skilled maritime injury lawyer can investigate your case and discuss all legal options that may be available to you.

Rapes & Assault Cases Involving Cruise Ship Passengers

While a cruise vacation is supposed to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience, passengers can fall victim to serious crimes, including rape and sexual assault by a crew member, contract employee, entertainer or even by another guest. These crimes often take place in the passenger’s cabin with the use of a passkey or in poorly lighted areas and restrooms, and in inner corridors, hallways and storage rooms that can restrict and trap unsuspecting guests and passengers. The absence of video or security cameras can also be a contributing factor as well. In many cases, negligent security procedures and hiring practices, such as failing to conduct criminal background checks, are to blame for these unfortunate events. In such situations, cruise ship operators and owners can be held liable for monetary damages.

If you have been raped or assaulted on a cruise, you are likely to be confronted with a nightmare of legal hurdles which may prevent you from receiving legal relief. Recovery against a cruise line is governed by numerous legal rules and documents, including but not limited to your cruise ticket, the contract of carriage, and the itinerary for travel. The laws and legal procedures in these types of claims are very complex and an experienced maritime lawyer can help you navigate the legal system. Cases involving cruise ship are especially tricky as the contract for voyage has very specific places and filing deadlines that a lawsuit can be filed and deadlines to put the negligent cruise ship owner on notice of the injuries and details.

When a crime occurs, cruise ship operators and their insurance carriers have a strong team of lawyers who will aggressively investigate and defend any legal actions brought against them. You need to have an attorney on your side who can protect your interests and take all of the steps necessary to properly file and litigate your claim and help educate you on what can be done, if any, to help bring the rapist or attacker to justice before a criminal court for the crimes they committed on the high seas.

Call The Willis Law Firm at 1-800-468-4878

If you are a maritime employee who has been raped or sexually assaulted by a co-worker, or if you are cruise ship passenger who has been the victim of a violent crime, the Willis Law Firm can help. We are a dedicated legal team that knows how to handle difficult and sensitive cases against maritime employers, vessel owners and cruise line operators. Schedule your free confidential consultation with an attorney at our firm today.

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