When boating accidents occur, significant to severe results can happen in terms of personal injury, property damage, and even accidental death.
What is a Boating Accident?
Boating accidents do not necessarily always involve commercial or small boats, although that is the most common occurrence. Boating accidents include any type of accident in water that involves one or more marine vessels. This means the term ‘boating accident’ could also refer to other accidents such as the following:
- Water Skiing Accident
- Wakeboarding Accident
- Jet Ski Accident
- Injuries Sustained on a Ferry
- Injuries Sustained on a Cruise Ship
No matter what type of boating accident you have been in, the boat operator had to adhere to certain requirements. If the operator failed to do so, The Kaufmann Law Offices can assist you in filing your claim to receive the compensation you deserve.
Boat Operator Requirements
An operator should be expected to be sober, follow all safety rules, keep a proper lookout, and minimize dangers to their passengers. An operator is at fault if they acted negligently. That is, if they failed to act as a reasonable person would under the same, or similar, circumstances. When a boating accident transpires that causes significant personal injury or death, the operator is required to file a report within 48 hours. Failure to do so is a crime.
After the Boating Accident:
It is important for the sake of your health that you obtain treatment for your injuries from the boating accident. If your injuries are severe enough, go to the emergency department by ambulance. Even without obvious signs of injury, you may have sustained an internal injury that will cause future damage and more medical cost to you. Also, medical treatment serves to document your injuries for your claim. Once medical treatment has been established, gather as much evidence of the boating accident as possible to help in our investigation to establish liability.
If you are unable to do so, The Kaufmann Law Offices can do this for you. Also, remember that other insurance agents may reach out to you to settle your claim and you must NOT speak with them. Their intent is only to lower the cost of your settlement, and anything you say could possibly be used to lower your settlement costs. The Kaufmann Law Offices will speak to all insurance adjusters for you.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer at The Kaufmann Law Offices
The Kaufmann Law Offices will guide you through your boating accident personal injury claim in all aspects of it. If you were involved in a boating accident in the State of Connecticut, and experienced personal injury, property damage, or have any legal questions regarding your personal rights, insurance investigation, or want to file a claim, contact The Kaufmann Law Offices at (203) 454-7859 immediately for your personal free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.