Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Boating Accident Lawyer
There are a number of different reasons why a boating accident may occur. These include speeding, operator error, insufficient training or knowledge of boat operation, component defects, improper maintenance, and much more. It’s easy to think that boat accidents are not as common as car accidents. After all, boats have much more space as they maneuver around in the open sea. However, while boat accidents may indeed occur less commonly, they nevertheless happen every day.
Boating injuries are often the result of collisions, capsized ships, or falling overboard. Injuries may range from minor cuts and bruises to paralysis or even death. It is important to note that severe injuries do not have a particular bias for vessel size. You can sustain serious injuries on a large vessel just as easily as you can a small boat. It all depends on the nature of your accident.
Regardless of your circumstance, you’re going to need seasoned legal advice. Victims of boating accidents will face medical expenses, chronic pain, loss of income, and additional costs—through no fault of their own. This is where The Ward Law Group comes in. Our legal team has nearly a decade of experience in dealing with every type of personal injury case under the sun. With The Ward Law Group at your side, you can rest assured in knowing that you’re in very capable hands.
In addition to our track record of success, we also offer our legal services to both Spanish and English speaking communities. Don’t let big-name insurance companies use your language as a barrier against you. With The Ward Law Group, your language will never become an obstacle to receiving your just compensation.
Common Types of Boat Accident Claims that We Settle
In 2017, the Coast Guard reported that 4,291 boating accidents occurred in the United States. Of these accidents, 658 were fatal and 2,629 led to personal injury. This led to roughly $46 million dollars worth of property damage as the result of recreational boating activities.
There are many different reasons why a boating accident may occur. But generally speaking, there are five factors that most commonly contribute to recreational boating accidents:
- Reckless Boating: Unfortunately, a surprising number of people use their boats as a means to show off for friends or romantic interests, which results in a large percentage of annual accidents.
- Inexperience: There are a lot more moving pieces when it comes to boating versus driving a car. All operators should make sure to take the proper courses to ensure that they have the required experience to take on the open seas.
- Intoxication: Just as with driving, no one should operate a boat while under the influence of any substance.
- Improper Maintenance: Just as with cars, boats need routine maintenance. Having a properly maintained boat at all times can spare you from having an accident.
- Extreme Weather Conditions: Unlike a car, you have waves with which to contend. This is an added factor that may make steering much more difficult. In some cases (especially on lakes), lightning can also become an important factor.
Accident Subtypes that We Also Cover
Of course, these are not the only sources of personal injury that we take into consideration. Other types of boating accidents that we cover include:
- Commercial boating accidents
- Jet ski accidents
- Yacht accidents
- Shrimping and fishing boat accidents
- Pontoon boat accidents
- Marina and dock accidents
- Party boat accidents
- Waterskiing and towing accidents
- …and more.
Since there are different sets of laws and practices that govern how you should pursue your compensation, you should make sure to enlist a skilled team of lawyers to initiate and process your claim.
Types of Boat Accident Injuries & Compensation
Boats are drastically different vehicles from cars. As a result, there are many different ways that you can sustain injuries during an accident. You have the added element of the water, propellers, swinging masts, and much more with which to contend. (And that doesn’t even include the emotional trauma of the event.) Common types of injuries sustained on the water include:
- Severe lacerations
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- …and more.
When you suffer a personal injury—especially if it is due to the negligence of a third party—you’re going to need an experienced personal injury attorney to maximize your compensation. With the right legal assistance, you may be able to claim restitution for:
- Medical Expenses: Not only does this include bills for doctor or hospital visits, but this also covers physical therapy, emergency surgery, inpatient care, and more.
- Lost Wages & Earnings Capacity: Lost wages are earnings forfeited while you were recovering from an injury. Lost earning capacity refers to situations in which you sustain a permanent injury that affects your ability to excel in your career.
- Emotional Trauma: This takes what cannot be seen by the naked eye into consideration, such as psychological distress.
- Property Damage: Covers material damage to your boat and any other articles present on your boat that were lost as a result of the accident.
The Ward Law Group has successfully won millions of dollars in compensation for their clients over the decade that they have been in business. Don’t leave your settlement up to chance. With our wealth of experience, you can rest easy knowing that you have a very capable team of legal professionals backing you every step of the way.
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident
Generally speaking, there are five steps that you should always take immediately after a boating accident.
Firstly, always check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. After an accident, your adrenaline levels may be high, which might mask your ability to identify pain or physical discomfort. So, examine yourself and your passengers closely.
Next, you will want to alert the authorities and take pictures of the accident. Alerting the authorities is an important step for insurance purposes. As previously mentioned, photos you take should include images of all property and people involved, as well as your surroundings and any injuries that were sustained as a result of the accident.
Make sure to obtain the contact information from every participant in the boating accident. This includes names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance information, and boat registration. If there are any witnesses, then you should request their information as well.
Lastly, you should contact your insurance provider. You will need to do this in order to open up a claim. It is best to do this as soon as possible after the accident occurs. This way, you will be able to remember all of the details as your insurance company asks probing questions about the accident.
How The Ward Law Group Can Help
Are you ready to get your claim started? Don’t leave your case up to insurance companies who don’t work for you. Their job is to make absolutely certain that you walk out the other side with the smallest possible settlement for your damages. Instead, you’ll want to get your claim started off on the right foot by contacting our team of legal professionals.
The Ward Law Group is committed to ensuring that you receive the appropriate compensation for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, emotional distress, and much more. And don’t forget: Our boating accident lawyers serve both the English and Spanish speaking communities. Insurance companies often attempt to leverage your language against you as you attempt to file your claim. Don’t let them get away with it! Contact The Ward Law Group today and make the settlement process a breeze!