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Seabourn Cruise Passenger Drugged and Raped by Assistant Cruise Director Aboard the SOJOURN Per Complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Ship

On March 30, 2019, Brais Law Firm on behalf of its client, a cruise ship passenger, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, Washington, against Holland America Line, Inc. (HAL Inc.), Holland America Line N.V.(HAL NV), and Seabourn Cruise Line Limited dba Seabourn Cruise Line (Seabourn), alleging that he was drugged and raped by a Ship’s Officer, the Assistant Cruise Director aboard the Seabourn SOJOURN.  See, attached Amended Complaint.  Per the Amended Complaint (“Complaint”), the sexual assault occurred late in the evening on March 28, 2019 or in the early morning hours of the following day aboard the Seabourn SOJOURN, the Vessel having just departed Colombo, Sri Lanka and sailing towards Hambantota, Sir Lanka.  At the time of the subject incident the Vessel was either still in or just outside Sri Lankan territorial waters.

Unless otherwise indicated, the more salient allegations of the Complaint provide:

sexual assault On August 21, 2018, a cruise passenger — identified as Jane Doe — filed a lawsuit against Celebrity Cruises and Canyon Ranch Spa alleging she was sexual assaulted by a crew member while traveling aboard the Celebrity Summit cruise ship (between New Jersey and Bermuda) just a year ago.

As alleged in the complaint and reported by media, Doe was approached by a crew member who claimed to work for the Canyon Ranch spa and who was offering complimentary massages.  Doe says that she was subsequently led to a spa room where she was forcibly and inappropriately touched by the same crew member. More specifically, it is alleged that the crew member fondled her breasts and vaginal area.  Doe says that she was able to escape the room before the massage progressed further.

In the complaint, Doe alleges that the Defendants were negligent in failing to perform an adequate background check. Had they done so, the danger posed by the crew member could have been discovered and the crew member, in the first place, would not have been hired. This is a common problem with hiring crew from third world countries or countries with limited infrastructure and criminal reporting procedures.  Despite this risk cruise lines continue to hire from these countries because of the advantages of cheap labor. In the alternative, Doe alleges the crew member assailant should have been supervised more closely, and had that been done he would have been terminated, thus avoiding risk of harm to cruise passengers.

Silversea-Cruise-Injury-252x300Our cruise tender boat injury lawyers have been retained to represent a Silversea Cruises passenger who was injured while tendering from a Zodiac onto the floating platform along the Silversea Cruises’ SILVER EXPLORER cruise ship during rough conditions at the Puerto Montt harbor in Chile.  We are aware of other passengers that day who were also injured while exiting the Zodiac tenders and we would like to talk with these passengers so we could better assist our client.  Cruise lines such as Silversea owes their passengers the legal duty to exercise reasonable care when conducting tendering operations.  This duty may include positioning the cruise ship so that the tendering could be conducted on the ship’s lee, utilizing additional mooring lines so that the tender could be made fast to the receiving platform and even suspending operations until the weather conditions are more suitable.  If you have any information about the SILVER EXPLORER’s November 11, 2017 tendering operations at Puerto Montt harbor, we as that you please contact us.

Mexican Cruise Attorney.jpgA Mexican pilot has retained the injury lawyers of Brais Law Firm to represent him in a lawsuit against luxury cruise company Silversea. While attempting to gain access to the Silver Spirit, the Jacob’s Ladder lowered by the cruise ship collapsed causing the pilot to fall off the ship. The incident resulted in multiple fractures and a punctured lung. Cruise lines owe pilots the legal duty to provide a reasonably safe means to enter the ship and to properly secure ladders. In a lawsuit filed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the pilot alleges Silversea breached its legal duty to him and that negligence caused his injuries.

Florida Cruise Injury Lawyer.gifThe Florida cruise injury lawyers of Brais Law Firm have been retained by a Florida woman in connection with her claim against Disney Cruise Line. While on a Caribbean cruise, the woman slipped and fell on an unreasonably slippery and wet deck. The fall caused her to tear her rotator cuff. A rotator torn cuff injury involves the tearing of one or more of the tendons connecting the shoulder muscles. A rotator cuff injury is very painful and significantly impacts a person’s daily living. Cruise lines have the duty to provide a reasonably safe ship for their passengers. This includes monitoring areas for spills, cleaning spills as well as maintaining the non-slip properties of the floor.

The Jet Ski / WaveRunner injury attorneys Keith Brais and Richard Rusak were retained to represent an Orlando, Florida woman who was injured when her personal watercraft crashed into a bridge in the Florida Keys. The woman was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for her injuries.

New York Cruise Injury Attorneys.jpgThe cruise injury lawyers of Brais Law Firm were retained to represent a New York cruise passenger who was injured at the Royal Caribbean private resort at Labadee, Haiti. Royal Caribbean leases a large tract of land in Labadee wherein its cruise passengers can lay out by the beach, partake in water sport and get of glimpse of Haitian culture. Unfortunately the pavement leading to and from the attractions is uneven and contains large gaps. One for these gaps caused Brais Law Firm’s client to fall and fracture her pelvis.

Florida Resort Injury Lawyer.gifThe Miami resort injury lawyers of Brais law have been retained by a Florida couple to bring a personal injury claim against Rosewood Resorts. In September the Florida woman was standing off to the side of a marked path when a golf cart operated by a resort employee and loaded with tables came around a bend at an excessive speed. The tables hanging over the cart’s side collided with the woman causing significant personal injuries. Resorts owe a duty of reasonable care to its guest and visitors to its properly. This reasonable care means operating gulf carts at a safe speed and no to load them so there is significant overhang.

Indiana Cruise Injury Lawyer.jpgAn Indiana passenger hired Brais law to represent him and a slip and fall injury aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship OASIS OF THE SEAS. The complaint filed in Miami, Florida alleges the passenger slipped and fell fracturing his ankle when walking along the lido deck of the massive cruise liner while on vacation. Papers filed with the court assert Royal Caribbean Cruises was negligent for failing to undertake the reasonable measures of keeping the area dry as well as failing to maintain the deck’s anti-skid properties.

Miami, Florida based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced that through May 1 to 7 kids 17 and younger to sail free when traveling with their parents in a 3rd or 4th berth cabin on select voyages. Billed as the “Be a Vacation Hero” offer, this package includes cruise vacations to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Hawaii and Europe.

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