Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Lawyers Florida

Proudly Representing Cruise Ship Cases in Miami, Nearby Areas of Florida and Nationwide

Imagine that you and your family have booked a cruise. When you embark on your exciting vacation, you expect to have a safe and pleasant experience. Although this holds true to the vast majority of passengers, there are instances where crimes are committed while on board cruise ships—including sexual assault.

These kinds of crimes leave victims feeling alone and stranded with their attacker while out at sea. Nobody should ever have to endure an unwanted sexual advance. Fortunately, if you or someone you love was sexually assaulted or raped while on a cruise, our attorneys can help.

Our experienced team of litigators has been helping victims file claims against cruise lines for decades. Each one of our attorneys has the empathy necessary to take on such a difficult subject, as well as the tenacity required to go after your attacker. If you are in the Miami area and would like to discuss your case with our lawyers, give our office a call at (855) 757-4200 to schedule your initial consultation.

What Constitutes Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is considered any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. This can include activities such as:

  • Forcible sodomy
  • Child molestation
  • Incest
  • Fondling
  • Attempted rape

Sexual assault is a very serious crime. Cruise lines have a responsibility to protect their passengers from sexual assault by properly training their staff and by keeping every area on the ship well-lit and monitored, including:

  • Public restrooms
  • Elevators
  • Stairways
  • "Child Only" clubs or areas of the ship
  • State rooms

Unfortunately, sexual assault can lead to more serious crimes, including rape.

What Constitutes Rape?

Rape is a heinous act. According to the state of Florida, it is defined as forced sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal or oral penetration. Penetration may be by a body part or an object.

Rape does fall under the umbrella term of sexual assault, but can carry heavier consequences depending on the circumstances that surround the case, including:

  • Age of the victim: In the state of Florida, if a victim is under the age of 12, the crime is considered a capital felony. If the victim is over the age of 12, the crime can be considered a first or second-degree felony.
  • If violence was used in the attack: If the attacker used a deadly weapon or physical force likely to cause serious bodily injury to the victim, the offense becomes punishable as a life felony.

It is important to know that anyone, regardless of age or gender, can become a victim of rape, and that there are great resources to help you through this troubling time. However, working with an experienced lawyer can help you bring the perpetrator to justice, and help ensure that this doesn't happen to anyone else. But who, exactly, can be held accountable for sexual assault or rape?

Who can be Held Accountable?

Because the sexual assault or rape occurred while on a cruise ship, there are a few entities and parties that can be held responsible, including:

  • Individual: If another passenger committed the crime, they can be personally held responsible.
  • Staff: If a staff member or crewmember employed by the cruise line committed the act, they can be held personally responsible.
  • Cruise line: In the case where a staff member committed the sexual assault, the cruise line can be held responsible as well. Their hiring practices and background checks can be called into question.

In order to have a successful case, it is imperative that you work with experienced cruise ship attorneys that know and understand the intricacies of maritime law.

How Can the Cruise Ship Assault Lawyers at Hickey Law Firm Help You?

At Hickey Law Firm, we know how delicate these situations can be for both the victims and their families. We work closely with our clients to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

Our team has significant experience in looking into complaints against cruise lines to see if there is a discernable pattern. If there is a pattern, Florida Law provides protection for the victims against the cruise line's negligence.

We can help you seek justice against all guilty parties in your case, and seek financial compensation for your pain and suffering. We are here to help you, and will fight tirelessly to ensure that and your family get your life back on track.

To schedule your initial consultation with our cruise ship assault attorneys, give our office a call at (855) 757-4200. We proudly serve clients in Miami, South Florida and all around the world.