When the weather is nice and you have the ability to, there is nothing better than getting on the water and enjoying a relaxing day on a boat. Unfortunately, not every boating trip you take is going to be smooth and enjoyable. If you have found your way to this page, then you have most likely been seriously injured in a boating accident. We want to first express how truly sorry we are that this has happened to you. You did not deserve to get hurt because someone else was acting careless. Our Atlanta Boat accident lawyer will help you to get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and damages. Please read up about your case, then call our office today to set up a free initial case review.
Georgia Boat Accident Statutes of Limitation
When you have a potential boat accident claim, you need to be aware of the statute of limitations if you want it to be successful. Georgia permits two years from the date of the boating accident in which you can bring your claim. That period of time is called the statute of limitations. If you try to file a boat accident claim after the statute of limitations runs out, your case will be tossed out and you will not be able to receive compensation. We do not want to see that happen to you so we highly encourage that you hire a lawyer right away so that they have ample time to build a strong case for you and bring it before your statute of limitations runs out.
How Boat Accident Compensation Works
If you have been seriously hurt in a boating accident, you will be compensated for your injuries and damages. That includes a few things. There are several factors that go into the dollar amount you will receive. If you owned the boat that got hit, you could receive compensation for the damage to that boat. You will also receive compensation for your medical bills, physical therapy, emotional distress, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any follow-up care related to the boating accident. These things are the factors that go into how much your compensation award should be. The insurance company will most likely offer you a settlement early on to get rid of you, but it is almost always a very low amount and we will negotiate for more. If they do not give us a reasonable amount then, we will take them to trial to get you the result you deserve.
Typical Types of Boating Accident Injuries
Boats typically do not have a lot of safety procedures for passengers in the event of a collision other than the option of wearing a lifejacket which not everyone elects to do. Unfortunately this leads to severe and potentially permanent damages. You will get tossed around in a crash if you are not strapped to the boat, which would not be all that helpful if the boat were to sink, so therefore you are susceptible to injuries from trauma. That might include concussions, broken bones, and head, neck, or back injuries. You may often see boat accident victims have deep cuts and lacerations, bruising, whiplash, or sometimes even drowning injuries. Typically, the worse your injuries are, the more compensation you are likely to get.
Talking to Liable Party’s Insurance Company
If you want to ensure that your boat accident case goes smoothly and gets you the result you deserve, the one thing you should avoid doing at all costs is talking to the liable party’s insurance company. They will try to reach out to you shortly after the accident to get a recorded statement from you. They will most likely try to convince you this is a helpful thing for you to do to get this case over with sooner, but they are likely not telling you that it will not yield the best results for you. They are trained to ask you questions that make you seem at fault for the accident which would either allow them to throw out the case if you are mostly at fault or reduce the amount of compensation that they owe you if you are partially at fault. We want to avoid that happening to you, so be sure to let your lawyer take over all communication with the insurance company. They will keep you from losing out on compensation just because you slipped up and made a mistake during this recorded statement.
Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation Today
If you have been seriously injured in a boat accident and want to receive the fullest and fairest amount of compensation, then please do not hesitate to call our Atlanta boat accident lawyer, Christopher Gunnels to set up a free consultation. We will go over the details of your case and get working as soon as possible to get you the best result. Your case matters to us and we want to be your champion.