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 significant, million-dollar, plus settlements. Put our experience to work for you.
Michael Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC (“Ehline Law Firm”) is a Super Lawyers Rising Star, internationally recognized, and is also an inactive U.S. Marine with millions recovered in verdicts and settlements. Experienced cruise ship rape attorney Michael Ehline goes after unchaste defendants.
These were the people who assaulted you, your spouse, or your child. So the ones we sue are those who instigated attacks. They ultimately deflower and ruin innocent and unwilling victims. So if attacked or raped on a cruise vessel, we have the experience to help, and we want to set things straight for you. Our accident attorneys take on this unjustified application of force from start to finish. We understand that physical invasion is a delicate matter. For this reason, all consultations are strictly confidential and free of charge to you.
The statistics prove that foreign passenger vessels are not always as safe as other modes of transportation. This is especially true for children and women who are often the targets of sexual predators.
And experts have provided some statistics showing the frequency of sexual attacks and rapes at sea.
These are just some of the statistics, and the industry is getting wiser in covering these crimes up and finger-pointing. Be on the lookout for victims being demonized in the press as a future form of defense.
None of the 173 sexual assault or rape reports resulted in any criminal prosecutions. Still, another famous cruise line reported two rapes or sexual assaults per month on all its cruise ships. 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 rape while aboard a cruise liner.
And 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. Mostly this is because cruise ship negligence cases are complicated.
Did you know that a negligent cruise line may be vicariously liable for the evil acts of its cruise ship employees and their agents under the law of agency? They may even be strictly liable.
You may be entitled to recovery of money damages. And your civil case could still be substantial if the acts weren’t within the scope of the 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 crime scene 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 now. 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.
A befallen passenger’s claim can become time-barred. Mail your application certified mail, return receipt requested. Retain copies of the certified letter.
Our experience in helping victims gives us the expertise 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.
Ehline Law Firm uses a combination of:
In California, the current law used to build cases holds the cruise line liable for its crew members’ intentional wrongful acts. This law applies to 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 a ticket’s cost, a passenger liner creates a legal, binding contract with the tour boat passengers. But much of the deal 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 typically be a strict forum selection provision.
Other unfair provisions include 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 have the right to deviate from a previously set and printed schedule. Some even disclaim liability for on-shore injuries. So caveat emptor.
Call (213) 596-9642 to discuss your case now!
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