But, if that journey included a sexual assault, you could be entitled to considerable compensation. Whether the sexual assault happened atop Florida waters or in international seas, an experienced maritime injury attorney at Brais Law knows what laws to apply to your claim to support a favorable outcome. 

Brais Law is The Best Choice When It Comes to a Thorough Understanding of Injury Cases Involving Yachts and Other Vessels

Sexual assault cases must be handled with care. Added to this emotionally traumatic event is that it occurred on a yacht which means complex maritime laws when it comes to seeking compensation. Keith Brais and his team know how delicate these cases need to be handled and have the thorough maritime law experience to be able to tenaciously seek damages from the perpetrator and the owner of the yacht who failed to ensure you had a safe voyage. Keith is a certified expert in admiralty and maritime law by the Florida Bar so we never get tripped up when it comes to effectively proving a case.

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Get the Help of an Injury Lawyer Who Will Protect Your Rights and Wellbeing after Suffering a Sexual Assault While on a Yacht

If you have been sexually assaulted on a yacht in or that disembarked from Fort Lauderdale, you need to connect with a sexual assault lawyer at Brais Law immediately. The sooner you do, the sooner your case can be resolved. Your confidential initial case review is free. If we are able to help, we’ll discuss options on how to get started and explain that we only get paid if we win.

Yachts are Governed by Different Laws Depending on Where the Assault Occurred

When you board a yacht in Fort Lauderdale, the laws of Florida apply to any and all actions that take place on the yacht, so long as it is atop the waters of the state of Florida. Once the yacht leaves Florida borders and enters the ocean and international waters, U.S. maritime law will begin to apply. Under both Florida law and U.S. maritime law, sexual assault is illegal. 

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Sexual Assaults Aboard a Yacht Subject the Perpetrator to Criminal Charges and Can Entitle the Victim to Monetary Compensation

When someone harms another by engaging in an illegal activity, the perpetrator of the crime can be subject to criminal charges for the crime and can also be liable for civil damages to the victim. If you were the victim of a sexual assault on a yacht, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the party that engaged in the sexual assault. If the perpetrator was a crewmember, or if the assault happened because of poor security, it is possible that the ship owner will also be liable for your damages. 

We Understand What You Have Been Through and We Work Aggressively to Get You the Compensation You Deserve

Once we are on the case, we immediately begin gathering evidence in support of your position. This ensures that witness statements and other evidence are not lost over time, in turn weakening your case. The at-fault parties and their insurance companies will often try to escape liability or pay you as little as possible, which we will not allow. We determine the full extent of your injuries and related costs, both in the short- and long-term, then negotiate with the opposing parties and insurance companies to achieve the highest possible settlement on your behalf. 

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FAQs: Helping Victims of Sexual Assault in Ft Lauderdale Yacht Cases

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Raped Onboard a Yacht?

Don’t Sexual Assault and Rape Cases Fall Under Criminal Law?

What Are My Options If I’ve Experienced Sexual Assault as a Yacht Crew Member?

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Raped Onboard a Yacht?

There are key steps that can help your case if you've been sexually assaulted:

  1. Report the incident to shipboard security, the captain or the local authorities if possible.
  2. Seek medical care immediately if there is an onboard physician, otherwise see a doctor as soon as possible after the incident.
  3. Take photos where it happened and make notes of any information you can to share with your attorney. Limit speaking about the incident to anyone but your lawyer and the authorities as needed.

Don’t Sexual Assault and Rape Cases Fall Under Criminal Law?

Sexual Assault of any kind is an illegal, criminal act in the state of Florida but it is also illegal under maritime laws. The perpetrator will face criminal charges but an injury lawyer with us can also help you seek damages for any medical expenses, pain, emotional trauma and more in civil court.

What Are My Options If I’ve Experienced Sexual Assault as a Yacht Crew Member?

Just like any other place of employment, you should never have to experience a sexual assault. Your employer as a duty to protect you. You may be able to receive compensation for this horrific ordeal from your employer as well as the perpetrator. Speak with one of our injury lawyers well-versed in sexual assault cases that occur on yachts in a free, confidential consultation.

Don’t Face a Sexual Assault Case on Your Own. Get Strong Representation for Your Maritime Injury Case

An experienced, highly skilled injury lawyer on our team is available to discuss your case in a confidential, free initial consultation.  When a fun yacht trip turns into a nightmare involving a sexual assault, you need someone on your side that you can trust. Call us at 305-709-4117 or visiting our site to schedule your case evaluation and find out why our clients trust us in even the most difficult of injury cases.

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