A man overboard case is a unique maritime law consideration and occurs when a person falls off of a cruise ship. These accidents can occur when the ship is in port or when it is hundreds of miles out at sea. In some situations, the person that falls overboard is found and rescued, but may have sustained serious physical and/or psychological injuries. In others, the person is never found.
When a person falls overboard a ship, the cruise line has a duty to search for the missing person in an attempt to locate and rescue him or her. While somewhat unusual, these cases do occur and can have devastating consequences for the victim and their family, leaving them uncertain as to the fate of their loved one. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a man overboard accident, call the Flanagan Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law Firm for your free case evaluation.