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While cruise ship injuries often occur from cruise line negligence, there is another category of injuries that may occur due to the actions of other passengers or ship personnel. Cruise line sexual assaults are not as uncommon as one would hope, and such assaults create an especially difficult situation for the victim because of the helplessness he or she may feel from being “stuck” at sea with a perpetrator.
In cruise line sexual assault cases, the offender may not be the only one who is liable to the victim. Under Florida law, the cruise line may also face liability if there is a recognizable pattern indicating a series of similar complaints from patrons.
Though intentional acts like assault are not often made public knowledge, as the cruise line and its attorneys frequently attempt to settle these incidents quietly, cruise ships have increased safety concerns that other venues do not experience. This is because cruise ships isolate people at sea or in other countries; the ship has control over its passengers; and there are no law enforcement officers protecting patrons from dangerous occurrences.