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SEATTLE BOATING ACCIDENT LAWYER

Riding on a boat with family and friends is a great way to spend an afternoon in Seattle. However, many people will suffer injuries on boats and other watercraft, and many of these accidents are caused by the negligence of others.
At Khan Law Firm, we represent boating accident victims and help them obtain compensation for their injuries. If you have been hurt, please reach out to us today. Many of our clients have obtained compensation.

Types of Boating Accidents

No two boating accidents are exactly alike, but as experienced attorneys we have seen some common types of boating accidents, including:

  • Collisions with other boats. The waterways can become congested, and if one or more operators are not paying attention, they can ram into each other, causing an accident. Passengers can be injured when they are tossed overboard or thrown around the boat.
  • Collisions with immovable objects. Some accidents occur when an operator hits a dock, a rock, or land. Traumatic injuries are possible.
  • Hitting another boat’s wake. Operators should avoid hitting a wake because it can make a boat uncontrollable.
  • Capsizing. A boat with a hole in it or other defect could capsize, stranding all passengers and the operator in the water.
  • Fire or explosion. A boat on fire will send everyone overboard to avoid getting burned. Someone caught in the fire can die or suffer other life-altering injuries.
  • Sudden movements. A boat that makes a sudden movement could send some passengers overboard.

After an accident, you will want evidence that identifies why the accident occurred. Appropriate evidence can include your own memories and the memories of your passengers. There might be other evidence your Seattle boating accident lawyer can find.

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REASONS FOR BOATING ACCIDENTS

When someone else is responsible for the accident or your injuries, you can sue them for compensation if they were negligent. Some of the more common reasons people are negligent include:

  • Boating under the influence. It is against the law to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and it is easy to see why. An inebriated or high operator will make many of the same bad decisions an impaired motorist will, and their reflexes will be slowed. An impaired boater can cause collisions and engage in dangerous boating.
  • Distracted boating. An operator could be checking their cell phone, enjoying a phone call, or talking over their shoulder when they should be focused on where they are steering the vessel. A distracted boater can easily hit another boat’s wake or collide with something.
  • Lack of adequate experience. A boat operator might not have the training or experience to operate a boat safely.
  • Improper maintenance. Boats need regular maintenance. When the owner does not fix a boat, then he or she has been negligent when the boat capsizes or catches on fire.
  • Insufficient safety equipment. Boats should have enough vests, life rafts, or lifeboats. If occupants need to vacate the boat and there is not enough safety equipment, they could drown or suffer other injuries. The boat owner can be liable.
  • At our firm, we will work to identify all the possible parties you can hold legally accountable. These defendants can include the boat owner, operator, renter, or manufacturer. By properly researching a case, we can increase the amount of compensation you receive after an accident.

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Compensation for a Boating Accident

Victims who survive a boating accident can incur massive medical bills to treat their injuries. They also might be unable to return to work immediately after the accident or be unable to return to their old job at all.

At our firm, we take a holistic view of your case to determine how much compensation you can receive. In our experience, many boating accident victims can qualify to receive money for:

  • Medical bills. This includes all medical care related to treating your boating accident injuries, such as ER visits, surgery, doctor visits, rehabilitation, mental health counseling, prescription drugs, and equipment.
  • Lost wages. You can receive money to make up for any time missed at work. If your injuries are permanent, you might not be able to return to your old job but have to take lower-paying work. You can receive compensation for this lost earnings capacity.
  • Property damage. If someone else damaged your boat, then you can be comped with the cost of the repairs.
  • Pain and suffering. Physical injuries reduce a person’s quality of life because of pain, inconvenience, and emotional distress. You can receive money for this pain and suffering. Generally, the more serious or permanent your injuries, then the more you can receive.
  • Loss of consortium. If your spouse was injured in an accident, you might also receive compensation to make up for the loss of sexual intimacy and companionship. Loss of consortium damages is usually awarded only if your spouse suffered a life-altering injury like paralysis.

Every case turns on its own facts, and no lawyer can promise that you will receive a particular amount of money. Some factors that might limit your financial recovery include your own negligence and the amount of resources the defendant has. If the defendant is broke, for example, then you might not receive much compensation at all. Your lawyer should thoroughly investigate the defendant’s financial condition to gauge how many resources he or she has.

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CONTACT KHAN LAW FIRM TODAY

The days and weeks following a boating accident can be confusing. You might be going from doctor to doctor to receive medical care and pain management while worrying about how you will pay your bills. Family members might be worried about their future, which suddenly seems uncertain.

We can help. A Seattle boating accident lawyer at Khan Law Firm can meet with you to go over what happened while out on the water. This meeting allows us to better judge whether you have a compelling claim for compensation and what other evidence you will need to bolster your claim.

To get started, please contact us today. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation.