Unfortunately, because there is no requirement to qualify for a license to operate a boat and because alcohol is often involved in boating and watercraft activities, accidents do happen, and some marine accidents involve serious injuries.
Marine accidents can take many forms and involve a range of types of damage. Some of the most important factors to take into account when reviewing a marine accident include:
- Whether the vessel or vessels involved are private or commercial;
- The function of the owners and operators of the vessels;
- The type of accident;
- The types of damages incurred;
- Whether any injuries were suffered in the course of employment; and
- Where the accident occurred.
At Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., our Colorado personal injury attorneys handle all types of marine accidents for our clients.
- Physical injury
- Wrongful death
What are the unique factors that might affect my claim?
When reviewing your case, you will need to take into account the type or types of watercraft involved, whether the accident happened in the course of employment, who owns and operates the watercraft involved, and other factors.
The laws and guidelines affecting marine accident cases are different from the laws that govern over types of vehicle accidents, so it is important that you have a boating accident lawyer who is experienced dealing with marine cases.
What sort of damages can I recover?
You may receive compensation for medical costs, ongoing care, funeral costs, lost wages and future income potential, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and other damages, depending on the circumstances of your case.
What if I was injured on a cruise ship?
Cruise ship cases are particularly complex. Cruise ship operators may include special provisions in their contracts that require claimants to file any claims against them in a different state, and your contract may also include other provisions that make it difficult to file your case. For this reason, it is especially important that you seek experienced legal counsel immediately in order to preserve your right to fair compensation for your injuries and other damages.