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Alleged sexual assault of teenager reported on Carnival Sensation cruise ship

On behalf of the Law Offices of Steven H. Meyer, P.A. in Boca Raton, Florida, posted on Monday, September 11, 2012

Cruise ships can offer great family vacations.  Unfortunately, many people are also injured on cruises.  Our ofice represents many people who are injured on cruises.  There are strict guidelines that passengers must follow in order to make a claim, including a very short time limit to file a claim.   Many cruise lines require passengers to file a claim in Miami, Florida, irrespective of where the ship was located when the injury occurred. 

If you're injured, consult with an attorney who handles these claims as soon as possible to find out about your rights.

Many injuries are the result of the negligence of the cruise line.  However, other incidents involve assaults by passengers, many of whom have had too much to drink. 

A 31 year old man has been charged by federal authorities for participating in the alleged rape of a teenage girl aboard the ship Carnival Sensation.   The man claims he passed out and did not participate in the alleged attack.  Several teenage boys have also been accused of participating  in the assault.  However, federal prosecutors have not yet charged them, because the Attorney General of the United States must give them permission to do so.  

Medical personnel on the ship treated the girl for her injuries.  Carnival says it reported the incident to federal authorities as soon as the girl and her family told them what had happened.

As a result of the case, the FBI reiterated some tips for families traveling with children on cruises. While some of the suggestions might seem like an overabundance of caution, no family wants to find itself in the situation the girl and her family have had to endure. Some of the tips include:

  • Don't let your kids wander alone, especially in unfamiliar areas. Nobody can be sure of the character of everyone aboard.
  • Don't let kids socialize with unknown people or reveal personal information to them.
  • Don't let kids use public restrooms without parental oversight.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Feds charge man in gang rape of girl on cruise ship," Amy Pavuk, Aug. 22, 2012

Our office is currently representing many passengers who have been injured on cruise ships. We will work diligently to secure you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve. Earlier this year, we obtained a jury verdict of over $2,676,000 in a trial in Miami against a cruise line.
Call our office to discuss your options and to get started on your cruise injury accident case today.

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