Boat Accident Legal Damages
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Boating accidents can lead to death, injury, and the destruction of property.
In 2017 alone, the U.S. Coast Guard
reported 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries, and roughly $46 million in losses from property
damage as a result of recreational boating accidents.
If you’ve been involved in such an accident, it’s important
that you understand your options for how to move forward and cope with
the losses you’ve suffered. Making thorough and accurate calculations
about legal damages is a crucial part of building your case.
What Legal Damages Can You Claim After a Boating Accident?
If you or people you love have suffered injuries as a result of an accident,
the medical costs alone can be extensive. Injuries may include the following:
- Brain injury from the impact of the collision or from the oxygen deprivation
that results from being submerged in water for too long.
- Injuries to the neck and spine.
- Lacerations and contusions.
- Burns from a fire or from an electrical device or system on the boat.
Because they’re out on the water, it may take a while for people
to receive medical help after a boating accident. In consequence, the
impact of the injuries may be more severe. The following are some of the
medical expenses you may have to deal with:
- Visits to the emergency room.
- Hospitalization and surgeries.
- Follow-up medical visits. If you’ve suffered permanent injuries,
you may need certain kinds of medical care for the rest of your life.
- Physical, cognitive, or psychological therapy.
Depending on the injuries, you may have to pay for a wheelchair or other
assistive devices. It’s possible that you’ll need to make
various modifications to your home or hire a home nurse, health aide,
or caregiver. Even if your injuries aren’t permanent, you may still
experience tremendous pain, stress, and diminished quality of life in
the aftermath of the accident.
If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, or if your loved one
has sustained injuries that have profoundly affected the relationship
you share, the legal damages you claim might include a loss of companionship
or consortium. This kind of legal claim reflects your need to grieve and
adjust to extremely difficult situations.
Other legal damages you can claim for your boating accident include loss
of income. As a result of your injuries, you may wind up missing days
of work or losing your job. Your injuries may also prevent you from continuing
to work at your current job or finding another one.
The property damage you’ve experienced may also be extensive. Boats
are expensive and are made up of many parts that are difficult to replace
or repair. Furthermore, property damage may apply to valuable items that
were on the boat at the time of the accident.
Don’t Hesitate to Contact Us
Figuring out damages is often complicated. With our assistance, you’ll
increase your chances of receiving fair compensation for the current and
future costs of a recreational boating accident. Reach out to us for a
free consultation to discuss your case and receive dedicated, compassionate