What happens if a crime occurs on a cruise ship?

What happens if a crime occurs on a cruise ship?

What happens if a crime occurs on a cruise ship? If you are a victim of a crime on a cruise ship, first and foremost contact the ship’s security office or medical staff if you need immediate medical assistance. However, the cruise line is not a government agency and may not always have your best interest at heart if they may be at fault or liable for the incident directly or indirectly. For example, if you are raped or sexually assaulted by a crew member or another passenger the cruise line may be worried as much about itself as you. Do not give up your cell phone and belongings. Take photos and videos of any evidence and email them or text them to someone you trust or to a secure email. Get names and numbers of witnesses. If the crime occurs in port, while you are off the ship, contact local law enforcement officials, and the nearest U.S. embassy. The FBI may have jurisdiction if you are a citizen of the United States. The Royal Mounted Police if you are Canadian. If you were the victim of a cruise ship accident, excursion accident, rape or sexual assault, or even medical negligence, you may be able to get compensation or sue the cruise line. Call (305) 741- LAWS (5297).  We have been handling Cruise Ship Injury cases throughout Florida and Federal Court in Miami Southern District of Florida, where many cruise lines are headquartered and the lawsuit must filed.

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Several major cruise lines are based in Miami, and sail from Port Miami, Port Everglades, and Port Canaveral to the Caribbean islands which are the most common ports of call for Carnival Cruises, NCL ( Norwegian Cruise Line ), RCL ( Royal Caribbean Cruises), Princess Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Holland America, Seabourn Cruise Line, Azamara Cruises, Oceana Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and more. Hundreds of thousands of passengers set sail for vacations on a cruise ship. Unfortunately, bad things can happen when passengers are on vacation on these ships. Passengers suffer injuries aboard the cruise ship or while enjoying one of the many excursions they offer.INJURED ON CRUISE SHIP?If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an incident aboard a cruise ship or stemming from a cruise, contact us now!

Slip and fall injuries are the most common complaint we come across from passengers, in particular on outdoor decks.  Mr. Perkins has conducted extensive discovery and obtained Federal Court orders pertaining to the materials used on the decking of ships and the number of prior falls on thereon.

The cruise lines owe a “duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of its passengers.” See, Hall vs. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Limited, 888 So. 2d 654 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004), 2004 A.M.C. 1913;  citing Kermarec v. Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, 358 U.S. 625, 79 S. Ct. 406, 3 L. Ed. 2d 550 (1959); The Moses Taylor,  4 Wall. 411, 71 U.S. 411, 18 L. Ed. 397 (1866); Carlisle v. Ulysses Line Ltd., 475 So. 2d 248 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985).

The cruise lines also owe a “duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances”. See, Harnesk vs. Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc, 1992 AMC 1472, 1991 WL 329584 (S. D. Fla. 1991). The cruise line’s “duty is to warn of dangers known to the carrier in places where the passenger is invited to, or may reasonably be expected to visit.” See, Carlisle vs. Ulysses Line Limited, S.A., 475 So. 2d 248 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985).   The cruise line has a duty to provide safe ingress and egress to and from the ship.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an incident aboard a cruise, ship or stemming from a cruise contact Perkins Law Offices at perkins@PerkinsLawOffices.com of call for a free confidential case review at 305 741-LAWS (5297).