When you are hurt in a boating accident, it can really turn your life upside down. Getting injured due to someone else’s negligence and carelessness is very frustrating and can cause a lot of headache. You may be unable to return to work, have a lot of medical bills to pay, or be unable to enjoy your normal daily life as a result. A boating accident might include an injury that occurred on a canoe, kayak, tub boat, Jet Ski, motorboat, parasailing and more. Our Georgia boating accident lawyers are here to guide you through your injury case to get you the best possible result. You can seek compensation for your lost wages and the medical treatment you underwent, as well as pain and suffering. After you read about your boating accident case, please call our office to set up your free initial consultation.
Georgia Statute of Limitations
There are many reasons why it is beneficial to hire an attorney right away. One of these reason is because you do not have an unlimited amount of time in which you can bring your claim. The state of Georgia allows those who are injured in a boating accident two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit or settle it in civil court. Two years sounds like it is a long time, but it goes quickly in a legal setting. These cases take time; if you wait until the last minute to approach a lawyer about your injury case, you may not be able to get help. Being under a time crunch can truly make it impossible or at least extremely difficult to get your case together in time. If you want a strong and successful case, the best thing you can do is hire a lawyer right away.
Most Common Types of Boating Accident Injuries
There are many things that can happen when you are involved in a boating accident. You can collide with another boat on the water, there can be a fire or explosion, you can be thrown from the watercraft after collision, and more. It can be a frightening experience, and we are here to guide you through the aftermath every step of the way. The most common types of boating accident injuries include:
- broken or fractured bones
- spinal cord injuries
- traumatic brain injury
- head, neck, or back injury
- cuts and lacerations
The most important thing you need to do after you are involved in a boating accident is seek immediate medical attention. There is so much that could have happened to you when you are involved in an accident and the pain may not be present right away if there was a lot of adrenaline involved. We do not suggest waiting to seek medical attention for any reason. You may worsen your condition. There is also a chance that, when the insurance company looks at your case, they will try to reduce or eliminate their responsibility to you if you did not seek medical attention immediately. This is because they will use this gap in treatment as an excuse to say that you have either lied about how severe your injuries are or lied about how you got your injuries. There is a chance that they will claim that your injuries came from something else which would mean they will not compensate you. This is why we seriously encourage you to get to an emergency room or urgent care facility right away.
After you have done this and begun your treatment, as soon as you can, you should call a Georgia boating accident lawyer to have them get to work right away to protect your evidence. They will know how to collect evidence, what evidence is important, and how to use it to build a strong case for you.
How to Get Compensation
Georgia is a state that follows the rules of comparative fault. That means your award can be reduced depending on how much of the accident was deemed to be your fault. During insurance settlement negotiations, the liable party’s insurance company will most likely try to point their finger at you and claim that you were either partially, mostly, or entirely at fault for the accident that way they can owe you less or no money. We protect your right to full and fair compensation. The way a reduced award works is, if you have been deemed 10 percent at fault for example for causing the boating accident, and you have been awarded $10,000 in damages by the liable party’s insurance company, you will be able to collect $9,000 of that award.
Call Our Georgia Boat Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been seriously hurt in a boating accident, please call our office today to set up a free initial consultation. We will work hard to get you the best possible result.