West Virginia Boating Accident Attorney
Jet Ski, Waterski & Other Recreational & Commercial Boating Accidents
For some people, a day on the boat means a day cruising along the river or lake; for others, it’s just another day at work. In any case, no one anticipates the day to end with serious injuries or fatalities. Unfortunately, boating accidents are relatively common, and they often lead to devastating, life-threatening injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a boat accident, contact Warner Law Offices, PLLC. Since 2000, we have helped victims of all types of commercial and recreational boating accidents obtain compensation help alleviate some of the unexpected physical, financial, and emotional costs associated with these incidents. We have a proven record of success in highly complex litigation and have been recognized by numerous prestigious publications, news outlets, and legal organizations for our commitment to our clients and our rate of success.
Types of Boating Accident Cases We Handle
Our firm handles all types of boat accident injury cases, including cases involving:
- Drowning after falling overboard or after a boat capsizes
- Jet Ski injuries or injuries involving other personal watercraft accidents
- Collisions with barges or commercial vessels
- Cruise ship accidents and injuries
- Riverboat accidents
- Boating accidents caused by boat defects
- Offshore workers injured on the job
Our attorneys understand the unique laws that may be applicable to certain types of boating accidents, such as on-the-job boating accidents and maritime law. We use our knowledge and experience to skillfully fight for full compensation on behalf of injured clients or families dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one.
Common Causes of Recreational Boat Accidents
While there are many factors that play a role in recreational boating accidents, most of these incidents come down to negligence. When boaters are careless, reckless, or act wrongfully, innocent people can be seriously hurt or even killed.
Some of the most common causes of recreational boating accidents include:
- Operator inattention
- Navigational rules violations
- Inexperienced and underaged operators
- Mechanical failure
- Excessive speed
- Failing to keep a proper lookout
- Hazardous waters
- Unsafe weather conditions
- Boating under the influence of alcohol/drugs (BUI)
- Boat/watercraft defects
When handling these types of cases, our West Virginia boat accident lawyers work with a team of experts to fully investigate claims and identify the liable person or party. We also utilize the experience of our attorneys and expert witnesses to evaluate our clients’ damages and build powerful cases aimed at securing maximum recovery on their behalf.
What Are the Most Common Boat Accident Injuries?
Because boat and other watercraft accidents typically occur on the water, there is a high risk of drowning. However, this is not the only type of injury that results from recreational and commercial boating accidents.
Some of the most common injuries associated with boat, Jet Ski, and other personal watercraft accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
These and other related injuries are devastating for victims, often leading to significant impairment and, in some cases, lifelong disability. Sadly, many boat accident victims die as a result of their injuries.
For surviving individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed, moving forward after a boating accident can be incredibly challenging. Not only must you deal with the physical and/or emotional repercussions of the incident, but you must also face unexpected financial hardships, from massive medical bills to weeks or months of lost wages, to reduced earning capacity, property damage repairs, and more. Our West Virginia boat accident lawyers can help you fight for fair compensation for these and other damages, allowing you to get back on your feet and obtain a sense of justice that allows you and your family to heal.
A personal injury lawsuit can also help recoup the value of your boat. It can cost thousands of dollars to repair even a small amount of boat damage. If the damage exceeds $500, you must report the accident, although if you want to pursue a personal injury claim, it's a good idea to do this anyway.
Representing Injured Maritime Workers
Individuals who are injured on boats while on the job face certain challenges when it comes to recovering compensation. Unlike most other employees, maritime workers are generally not covered by workers’ compensation. However, they are still protected by various laws, including the Jones Act.
The Jones Act is a federal law that allows seamen and other maritime workers who are injured in the course of their employment to file claims against their employers. To do so, they must typically prove that their employers failed to provide a safe place to work and/or failed to use ordinary care to maintain the vessel, remove hazards that could cause foreseeable injury, and ensure reasonably safe conditions for workers. Filing a claim under the Jones Act can be very difficult without the help of an experienced and competent attorney, like those at Warner Law Offices, PLLC.
Our firm proudly represents injured maritime workers, including longshoreman and harbor workers, in work-related injury claims. We also assist surviving spouses, children, and other family members of those who die in maritime and other commercial vessel accidents. Get in touch with us today to learn more, including how our team can help you with your potential case.
Reach Out to Warner Law Offices, PLLC Today to Learn More
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in the river, on the lake, or in the open sea, talk to our attorneys at Warner Law Offices, PLLC. We will carefully evaluate the facts of the case and help you determine how to move forward. We provide straightforward advice and compassionate guidance with a strong emphasis on client service and care.
At Warner Law Offices, PLLC, we provide free initial consultations and contingency fees. This means that we do not collect any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses from our clients; instead, our attorneys are paid via a percentage of our clients’ total recoveries. In other words, if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us anything.