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Crime Victims at Sea

While cruise ships may look sparkling clean and safe, behind the surface lies an industry that lacks any formal regulation and all-too-often, accountability for what occurs on-board. And, unfortunately, plenty goes on: sexual crimes that are unreported. Violent assaults covered up by ship personnel. Passengers that go missing — never to be seen again. And perhaps the most troubling problem of all: an industry that has become skilled at holding off any attempts at reform. Most people are shocked when they learn just how poorly policed the cruise industry is — or how easily victims can find themselves with no recourse for the harm they have suffered.

Most law firms don’t appreciate the true situation, It has been our privilege to help ICV by providing either, because they rarely or never handle these cases. Our unique experience, both on behalf of victims of cruise ship crime and in maritime litigation, has helped us develop a national reputation in this important, but poorly understood, area of law. So much so that Ken Carver, president of the advocacy group International Cruise Victims (ICV), has asked for our help in making the case for federal legislation to protect the rights of cruise ship crime and negligence victims and to assist in fostering a dialogue with the cruise industry.

It has been our privilege to help ICV by providing legal counsel, helping to direct policy goals, and advancing legislative reform. We’ve introduced ICV to the National Center for Victims of Crime, result ing in a terrifically successful alliance between the two groups as part of our quest for legislative protections for cruise ship passengers. The Florida maritime lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz, PA specialize in assisting cruise ship crime victims. We will continue to help in any way we can to ensure that the appropriate regulations and safeguards are enacted by Congress so that dream vacations don’t turn into nightmares.

Client Reviews

I am a lawyer in Massachusetts. I had a case to refer against a cruise line in Florida and did my homework on which firm to represent the client. Let me take the guessing out of it for you. Call this law firm and sign up. Brandon Parrelli, Google User
A big shout out to Nick Gerson & Schwartz for helping me navigate my care after a fall against a major cruise ship. They took care of me all along the way and saw me through such a very hard time. I highly recommend their firm if you are looking for a firm that truly cares about you. 5 Stars all the way! Janna Wright, Google User
Mr Nick Gerson has been extremely attentive (even on weekends!) and has been more than willing to take time to answer all my questions. His receptionist (Suzanne) and paralegal (Carla) are courteous, friendly and highly efficient in all matters. Mr Gerson's diligence lead to a very quick resolution of my case. I am more than pleased to recommend you seek him as your attorney. You will not regret you did!! G.I.B.
Mr. Gerson and all his team gave to my case the careful and professional attention it needed from the beginning to end. Unfortunately, a year ago I was involved in a car accident on the victim side. I have appreciation for the good service that was given to me and my situation. Thanks. Cales & Mr. Hyde (Carlos Andrés García Jiménez), Google User
Gerson & Schwartz did an excellent job with my case! Nick Gerson was my primary contact throughout the process and I was overly pleased with his level of professionalism and commitment. Thanks again to the firm for both winning my case and handling it with the upmost respect. Read the full review » Jhlechia Ervin
Phil is the best attorney! The staff is very helpful and were always kind and understanding. Especially during a PIP claim which can be very frustrating. I am so lucky that I found Gerson & Schwartz to resolve my case, I truly believe there could have been no better outcome. Romina Frascarelli, Google User
Excellent attorneys, they leave no stone unturned in any case and get max value. Jon Zepnick, Google User
I hired Gerson & Schwartz, PA for a personal injury/slip and fall case. Phil Gerson, Nick Gerson, and Ed Schwartz were awesome! They were very professional, supportive, and informative through the whole process. I was amazed at how much time and effort they put into presenting my case. They fought hard for me and I am very happy with the outcome. I love these guys and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an attorney who will look out for your best interest and fight hard for what you deserve. Deb Betts, Google User