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Cruise ship assault

  1. 1. Cruise Ship Assult W H A T Y O U S H O U L D K N O W H I C K E Y L A W F I R M
  2. 2. About Us At the Hickey Law Firm, P.A., we are experienced personal injury attorneys who can help you in your time of need. Led by John H. (Jack) Hickey, who used to be a lawyer for the cruise industry, he understands how cruise lines work and will help you fight for your rights and compensation in the event you're assaulted while on a  cruise vacation. Please view the following slides to learn more about cruise ship assault. H I C K E Y L A W F I R M
  3. 3. Cruise Ship Assault Because of the confined environment, lack of quality crew members, and ill-equipped and improperly trained security personnel, the potential for assault and sexual assault on a cruise ship is real. There have been incidences of: H I C K E Y L A W F I R M Assault by another passenger or by a crew member Sexual assault by another passenger or by a crew member Rape by another passenger or by a crew member
  4. 4. Your Rights on a Cruise Ship H I C K E Y L A W F I R M In 2010, congress passed the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA). This legislation was created to address safety concerns on cruise ships, including sexual assault prevention and the appropriate response to help the victims. According to the CVSSA, your rights include: A copy of the security guide A sexual assault forensic exam Right to confidentiality
  5. 5. Security on Cruise Ships H I C K E Y L A W F I R M The cruise lines have a duty to provide sufficiently-trained security on board the ships. These security personnel and security devices (like monitored security cameras) should provide the capabilities to detect problems on board the ships. If the cruise ship has insufficient security personnel or equipment they may be liable for assault or injury that occur.
  6. 6. Sexual Assault by the Numbers In 2017, 76 sexual assaults on cruises were reported to the FBI. Of those, 59 were committed by passengers, 16 by a crew member, and one by other. The three major cruise lines had sexual assaults reported: H I C K E Y L A W F I R M Carnival Cruise Lines: 28 in 2016 and 35 in 2017 Royal Caribbean Cruises: 15 in 2016 and 17 in 2017 Norwegian Cruise Line: 11 in 2016 and 15 in 2017
  7. 7. What to Do After an Assault General Maritime Law applies to any sexual assaults and rapes on board cruise ships. Some important steps you should take if you have been sexually assaulted or raped on a cruise ship include: H I C K E Y L A W F I R M Report the crime immediately to the security officer Go to the infirmary to report the incident and to obtain treatment for any physical injuries Do not shower or wash your clothes/bedding until you have had a forensic examination Try to collect the names of the those who were involved (perpetrators) Collect any witness information
  8. 8. What to Do After Continued... H I C K E Y L A W F I R M Take photos of any physical injuries or bruises Get proper medical care as soon as possible for your physical injuries Call the FBI to report the crime At port in the U.S., go immediately to the nearest rape treatment center Seek psychological counseling Call an experienced cruise ship assault lawyer
  9. 9. Contact Us Today If you’d like to learn more about how the Hickey Law Firm can help you with your cruise ship accident case, please call us for your free consultation. Hickey Law Firm, P.A. 1401 Brickell Avenue, Suite 510 Miami, Florida 33131 (305) 371-8000

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