Heading out on a boat should fun and safe for everyone on board, whether you are on a private or a chartered boat. However, we know that boat crashes can cause major injuries. If the negligence of a boat owner or a company was the reason for the incident, then you may need a Columbus boat accident attorney.

At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we will investigate this incident and work to secure the compensation you need. These claims can become incredibly complex, but that will not stop us from getting to the bottom of what happened.

What Constitutes Negligence?

When you go out on a boat, you will either be on your boat, another person’s private boat, or a boat owned by a company. If you have chartered a boat or if another person is operating it, there are many ways in which their negligence can cause major injuries. Some of those include:

  • Hitting a big wave or wake at a high speed
  • Choosing to operate in inclement weather
  • Operating the boat at high speeds
  • Failing to carry necessary safety equipment on board
  • Colliding with other boats or fixed objects
  • Overcrowding or overloading the boat
  • Causing someone to come into contact with the propellers

Under no circumstances should a person operating a boat be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A person cannot have a blood alcohol level over .08% when they are operating a boat in Ohio.

Boat operators must also follow all state and federal maritime laws and regulations and should never operate with a willful disregard for the safety of people on board their boat and others around them.

Boat companies must ensure that their vessels are regularly inspected and maintained in order to prevent any kind of failure while the boat is in operation.

Boating incidents can cause serious injuries, including:

  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or amputations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Victims of boat crashes are often left with major medical bills as well as other hidden accident costs. If you are a boat crash victim, you may need to pursue a personal injury claim. If you work on a boat, you may be eligible for compensation through the Jones Act or the Longshore Workers’ Compensation Act.

Call Us After A Boat Crash

Maritime law is complex, and these cases can be tough to understand. That does not mean you should sit back with no options. If the negligence of a boat owner or operator has caused harm to you or your loved ones, please seek legal assistance.

At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we will review every aspect of your case. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve, which can include:

  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against the negligent party

If you need a Columbus boat accident lawyer, please contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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