Houston Cruise Ship Assault Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault on a cruise, one of the smartest things you can do in your pursuit of justice is to hire a cruise ship sexual assault lawyer. Cruise lines are powerful entities that, in the event of a sexual assault, have historically protected their own interests over the interests of a sexual assault victim.
But know this: You are not alone. A cruise ship assault lawyer at Grimes & Fertitta will not abandon you in your battle for justice. We fight to hold cruise lines accountable for their negligence, and we will fight to earn you the compensation you need to ameliorate your mental and physical suffering as much as possible.
How are cruise ship sexual assault cases different from “on-land” sexual assault cases?
Cruise ships are promoted as being floating utopian cities. Individuals and families opt to go on cruises because of their reputation for being a safe, easy vacation with built-in entertainment, relaxation, and food. It’s not surprising then that, once onboard, parents, young adults, and children all feel safe letting down their guard.
Of course, crime takes place on cruise ships just as it does anywhere else, with two major exceptions. The first is that maritime law and jurisdiction, especially on an international cruise, can lead to complications. The second is that the security team in charge of investigating the crime and making the initial reports is not an impartial third party to the crime. As employees of the cruise ship company, ship security has a vested interest in keeping horrendous experiences like cruise ship sexual assault under wraps.
Despite the passing of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act in 2010, which required that cruise lines report serious sexual assault crimes, the majority of cruise ship sexual assault is still vastly underreported. This puts their passengers at a disadvantage when it comes to their safety and their ability to act if an accident or assault does occur.