Unfortunately, physical and sexual assaults sometimes occur on cruises. However, when evidence shows that a cruise operator failed to exercise the proper level of care in providing personal security measures, or properly conducting background checks on employees, they can be held financially liable for assaults that occur as a result.
At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., our attorney uncovers lapses in personal security on board cruise ships that expose passengers to an increased risk for being physically or sexually assaulted. In many cases, threats to personal security of employees and passengers alike are increased when companies make the decision not to increase security measures. As a result, these same cruise lines can be held financially liable for physical and sexual assaults if they fail to act on a foreseeable danger.
If you have been the victim of an assault while aboard a cruise, contact admiralty law personal injury attorney John W. Merting today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Do not delay! Most cruise line tickets contain severe time limits (of one year) within which suit must be filed.
Lapses In Personal Security Aboard Cruises
The Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., represents victims who have been raped or assaulted due to the following kinds of security lapses on board cruise ships:
- Lack of security cameras
- Absence of security guards
- No checkpoints
- Open access to restricted areas
- Inadequate lighting in stairwells and other passageways
- Faulty or missing door locks
- Absence of baggage checks
Foreseeability And Liability — Preventing Crime
While a cruise line may not be able to 100 percent guarantee that a crime will never occur on board a ship, owners and operators can take steps to minimize the threat of criminal assault. Here, the issue is one of foreseeability: if there are certain conditions or hazards that create foreseeable risks, a property owner or business has a duty of care to remove them.
Contact Cruise Line Assault Injury Attorney John W. Merting Today
It's unlikely that a cruise line will admit to its failure in providing proper personal security for its passengers. That's why it's important to work with an experienced maritime injury attorney who is also familiar with the requirements of admiralty law pertaining to the safety of crew members and passengers.
Don't let a ship's owner or operator convince you that being a victim of crime is simply a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. To schedule an appointment to discuss your case, contact cruise ship assaults lawyer John W. Merting today.