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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 Guardreported 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.

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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 legal assistance.

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