If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a boating or watercraft accident in Georgia, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.
Our team of injury attorneys will work diligently to determine the cause of your accident, identify the responsible party, and hold them accountable for your pain and suffering.
An accident while using a watercraft such as a jet ski or boat can involve the following:
- Someone falling off the watercraft
- Collisions with other boats or watercrafts
- Explosions or fires
- Slips and falls on the boat
- Propeller injuries
Our law firm can help you seek compensation for your accident injuries
During your free case review, one of our team members will ask questions to determine the scope of your case, which involves identifying the kinds of damages you may be entitled to collect.
As our team works together with you, we will help you calculate the value of your collective damages from the boating or watercraft accident and pursue compensation based on that total.
For example, you may qualify to receive compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses, including costs for emergency care treatment, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, X-rays and other types of imaging exams, and physical therapy.
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses may be medical-related but might not involve direct medical treatment, such as costs for prescription medicines and medical support devices like a wheelchair or crutches.
- Income loss: If your injuries prevented you from going to work, we might be able to recover wages you lost during this time and possibly in the future if your injuries are long-term or permanent.
- Reduced earning capacity: If your injuries allow you to work, but at a limited capacity, we may be able to recover compensation for wages you lost as a result of taking a lower-paying position or missing out on promotions and other job opportunities.
- Pain and suffering, including both physical pain from your injuries and emotional anguish.
- Permanent disability: If your injuries are deemed permanent, we may be able to recover compensation for losses related to living with a permanent injury, including at-home care services to help you with daily tasks or non-economic damages, such as diminished quality of life.
- Property damage: We may be able to recover compensation for the costs of repairing your damaged property, such as a boat, or cover its replacement value.
For a free legal consultation with a boating and watercraft accident lawyer serving Atlanta, call 404-214-2001
We can help you build your boating accident case
Kaine Law helps boating accident victims of all kinds, from yacht passengers who fell off the boat to jet ski enthusiasts who crashed into a negligent boat operator.
We can examine the details of your situation and help you prepare your claim or lawsuit.
When you work with Kaine Law, you get the experience and skills of our team:
- Helping you collect evidence to support your claims.
- Communicating with other parties, including the insurance company.
- Negotiating a potential settlement on your behalf.
- Representing you in court if necessary.
We can identify all liable parties for your boating accident and injuries
The party that is liable for your boating accident depends on the cause and contributing factors. Some examples of parties that may be liable for your accident include:
- Boat or watercraft operator
- Watercraft rental company
- Charter boating company
- Boat passengers
In some cases, more than one party is liable for a boating accident. Kaine Law will use evidence to prove fault and liability. Evidence may include statements from witnesses, accident reports, photographs or video footage of the accident, and more.
You have a limited time to file your boating accident lawsuit
You can file an insurance claim for your boating accident, but you may also have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue compensation.
You generally have two years to file your lawsuit, per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
Two years can go by fast when you gather evidence, interview witnesses, or attempt to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company.
While our legal team can monitor your case so that you do not miss the filing deadline, you must decide when to act—and it’s better to act sooner rather than later.
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Leading causes of serious or fatal boating accidents
The open water can be a time for families and friends to enjoy one another and relax. However, with the increasing number of accidents, it is essential to understand some of the leading causes of fatal boating accidents.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 79% of fatal boating accidents with known causes involved drowning. Of those drowning victims, 86% were not wearing a life jacket.
Another major cause of boating accidents is an inexperienced boating operator.
The U.S. Coast Guard also reported that more than two-thirds of watercraft operators had not received any boating safety instructions or participated in a boater’s safety course.
Other Causal Factors
The top 5 contributing factors to boating accidents and personal watercraft fatalities are:
- Driver distraction
- Operator inexperience
- Improper lookout
- Mechanical failure
- Excessive speed
Contact us to start your boating accident claim in Georgia
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