Boating Accident Compensation
A knowledgeable attorney like those at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm understands your state’s laws or federal maritime laws. These maritime laws will cover your accidents either in the sea or at port. Let us help you win your case.
When the boat driver injures you or a loved one, it is his or her responsibility to ensure your well-being. When this does not happen due to negligence, he or she is responsible for your injuries.
The damages you could receive could be:
- Medical costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and/or suffering
Boat Accident Insurance Coverage
Many boat owners purchase insurance policies for their boats that cover injuries to passengers as well. However, these could be limitied coverages. Many carry separate boat liability policies to cover passenger injuries while on the boat. This even includes commercial entities like charter fishing boats, river cruises and cruises. A knowledgable attorney will ask to see a driver’s insurance policy to protect you.
Boating Accident Claim
A knowledgeable attorney like those at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm understand to in order to prove your case we will have to show that the boat owner or operator had a duty to take care of you, he or she was negligent, and this negligence caused your injuries.
We will take all of these elements and apply it to your state’s laws while proving that you are not to blame for these injuries. Many states have a comparative fault law that boat owners and operators use to reduce or dismiss your claim. This law varies by state but some just need a 1% margin that yo could have contributed to your injuries to dismiss your case. But, we won’t let that happen.
Our claim process is through to ensure we build enough good evidence to prove that your boating accident was due to no fault of your own. In order to do this, it is important to begin collecting evidence right after the accident. This includes photos of the scene. Make sure the boat, driver, impact, injuries, crash damage, liquor or any blood on the scene is photographed. Take as many photos as you can. Also, get a copy of the report if the Coast Guard comes to investigate. These reports will have witness statements. If a Coast Guard is not called, make sure to gather these statements yourself along with contact information.
After the accident, it is important to see a medical professional to assess your injuries. These reports will help prove the damages that need to be recovered. If you refuse medical care, the insurance company or the boat owner’s attorney will argue that your injuries aren’t related to the accident.