What to Do If Injured in a Boating or Watercraft Accident
Learn about the dangers of boating accidents, the various type of injuries that can be sustained, and how to maximize your recovery if your fun day on the water turns tragic.
How much fun is it to hop on a boat or watercraft, push off land, and hit the open water on a beautiful day in and around Great Los Angeles and Southern California? A ton of fun, that’s how much! Unfortunately though, not all trips on the water end safely back on land.
In fact, in California, there were 588 mandatorily reported boating and watercraft injury accidents in 2016 that accounted for 266 severe injuries and 50 deaths. (See HERE.)
Watercraft Accidents Come in Many Shapes and Sizes
Boats and watercraft include the following types of vessels no matter the size:
- Personal watercraft, aka Jet-Skis, Ski-Doos, WaveRunners
- Motorboats, both open and closed cabin
- Sailboats, both open and closed cabins
- Canoes, kayaks, rafts, and stand-up paddle boards
- Ferries, ships, and others
Watercraft injury accidents can result in the following types of injuries:
- Drowning and near drowning
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, including permanent paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury, including concussions
- Nerve and/or neurological damage
- Fractured and broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Wrongful death
- Burns (friction and heat)
- Crush injuries (especially to hands and feet)
Accident liability arising out of a boating accident is usually based on negligence, which is when someone has breached their duty of care for the situation and that breach results in your injury. Other theories include a product liability lawsuit if your watercraft had a defect that caused your injuries. It is important to also keep in mind that California is a comparative fault state, which means you can still recover even if you contributed to the accident, only that your total financial recovery will be reduced by the percentage you are deemed to be at fault.
Choosing an Experience Boating Injury Attorney
No matter the theory of liability, one thing is certain: our staff, investigators, and award-winning Los Angeles trial lawyers are backed with the resources to take the fight to all at-fault parties. We will work tirelessly to maximize your recovery, which includes a detailed look into determining all available insurance policies and funds, whether from private parties, businesses, or public entities, that may be responsible for your boating injury accident.
The Dominguez Firm has experienced boating accident lawyers to assist and get you the compensation you deserve. If there is no recovery, there is no fee! Call now for a free consultation at 800-818-1818.