Cruise Ship Overboard Accident Injury

Going Overboard on a Cruise Ship

According to Cruise Junkie, there were 35 cases of overboard passengers on major cruise lines in 2019 alone. Earlier this week as I write this article, a woman fell over her balcony and died after hitting the lower deck on the Virgin Voyage’s Valiant Lady Cruise. These are extremely fatal and unfortunate incidents which can be avoided.

How a Maritime Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Cruise ship vacations are supposed to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience, but unfortunately, accidents can happen, and one of the most serious incidents that can occur is a passenger falling overboard. According to Conde Nast, roughly 90% of overboard cases result in death. Many statistics regarding overboard cases are not made public by cruise lines, and thus the severity of this type of situation might even be more pressing and frequent than currently understood.

If somebody you know or love has been involved in a cruise ship overboard incident, it’s important to understand your legal rights and options. Throughout thousands of cases, our maritime personal injury attorneys have been able to help injured and deceased passenger families receive compensation for their losses.

How Do People Fall Overboard?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to a cruise ship overboard incident. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Slippery or wet decks
  • Suicide
  • Intoxication or excessive drinking
  • Overcrowding on decks or in pools
  • Lack of proper safety equipment or barriers
  • Poorly maintained ship infrastructure or equipment
  • Negligence or recklessness on the part of the cruise ship crew

If you believe that any of these factors contributed to an overboard incident which you are connected to, contact our offices so we can begin the investigative process.

How a Maritime Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you’ve been involved in a cruise ship overboard incident, our team of maritime personal injury attorneys can help you in a number of ways. First and foremost, we can help you understand your legal rights and options. We have been advising clients on the best course of action based on specific circumstances for decades, and have been successful in generating plans and arguments to win your case. This may involve negotiating with the cruise line’s insurance company or filing a lawsuit against the cruise line. Our offices are located a short drive away from the Miami Federal Courthouse, the courthouse where almost all international cruise ship injury cases are handled, regardless of the date or location of the accident.

Most of all, it's important to act quickly.

At Aronfeld Trial Lawyers, our passionate attorneys have helped thousands of clients recover compensation and reach high settlements for their losses in cruise ship accidents. We understand the unique legal and practical challenges of these cases, and we are committed to helping our clients get the justice they deserve.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Why Aronfeld Trial Lawyers?

Since the firm’s founding in 1991, Spencer Aronfeld and his team of experienced attorneys have been passionately and successfully pursuing justice on behalf of the injured and overlooked. We have spent decades litigating medical malpractice, maritime personal injury, auto accident, and child injury cases to name a few; and over the years we have brought our clients headlining verdicts and life changing settlements. Although we might not be a massive legal enterprise with thousands of lawyers across the world, we find that this makes our work more human, and further impassions the representation we provide to clients everyday. If you have been injured, contact us today so we can begin the fight for you!


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