Riverside Boat Accident Lawyer
Proving fault in a boating wreck isn’t easy, but with the help of a Riverside boat accident lawyer, you can find out who caused your injuries and how much compensation you are owed.
While most people probably associate personal injury claims with traffic collisions, accidents can just as easily happen out on the water, as well. Getting hurt in a boating accident can create an incredibly confusing scenario where your recovery requires expensive medical care at a time when your injuries prevent you from working and you’re unsure of how to pay for everything. The good news is that if someone else was at fault, you can seek compensation through the legal system.
This is not a simple process however, as the responsible party and their insurer will likely do everything possible to avoid paying you anything but the bare minimum. Fortunately, a Riverside boat accident lawyer from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP can guide you through this process and help you achieve the settlement that you need and deserve.
Investigating Cause and Fault in Boating Accidents
Many of the same negligent behaviors that cause car crashes also cause watercraft wrecks. Identifying cause and fault are essential to any personal injury claim as your ability to seek compensation will depend on having the strongest case possible. It’s not only necessary to prove the other party’s fault; we’ll also need to prove that you weren’t to blame for what happened.
This is because California observes comparative negligence, which means that all of the parties involved in the boating accident will have a percentage of fault assigned to them. Any percentage that you are found responsible for will then reduce your settlement amount by that same percentage.
By working with a Riverside boat accident lawyer, you can mitigate your fault as much as possible. These are just a few of the watercraft crash scenarios that we can help you collect evidence for:
- Speeding and reckless boating
- Distracted operation, such as through cell phone use
- Intoxicated boating, whether from drugs or alcohol
- Defective boat parts or motors
- Negligent pier or port conditions and procedures
Watercraft Accident Injuries
Once fault has been established and evidence collected, the next step will be to fully assess the value of your claim. It’s important to know how much compensation you are owed before beginning negotiations as the insurance is all but certain to lowball your offer, hoping to get you to settle before you can find out how much money they should really be paying you.
The exact nature and extent of your injuries will be the single largest factor here, as they will determine the medical care that you’ll need, how long your recovery will take, and how your quality of life will be impacted. If your injuries will result in a permanent disability, then this will also need to be accounted for.
Your Riverside boat accident lawyer will have extensive experience evaluating claims for a wide range of watercraft accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation
- Spine injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Wrongful death, such as through drowning
Boat Wreck Compensation
All of the financial losses and non-economic damages caused by your boating accident and injuries will need to be assessed and included in your demand for compensation. Financial expenses are the most obvious, but many injury victims fail to take into account their future needs, as well.
These monetary damages should include medical bills, physical and emotional therapy expenses, medication, home renovations made to accommodate a disability, and transportation expenses. Your Riverside boat accident lawyer will work closely with your doctor to ensure that your future medical care is accounted for, so that you don’t end up having to pay for future expenses out of pocket.
The damage done to your quality of life should also be compensated. These non-economic damages will cover all of the intangible ways that your standard of living has been negatively impacted, such as through pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional distress, and lost enjoyment of life.
Get Help from a Riverside Watercraft Accident Lawyer
Whether you were hurt on a Jet Ski, a speedboat, or a yacht, Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP can help you get the compensation you deserve. The insurance company or opposing attorney will try to underpay you and blame you as much as possible, but we won’t allow that to happen.
We offer all new clients a free consultation that carries no obligation, so there’s never a risk for coming in and exploring your legal options during a free consultation. To schedule a time to meet with an experienced Riverside boat accident lawyer, give us a call at 1-844-404-2400 or complete the form at the bottom of this page.