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Rhode Island is called the “Ocean State” for good reason, with so many large bays and inlets, water accounts for about 14% of the total area of the state. With such an abundance of open water Rhode Islander certainly has earned the reputation as a seafarer’s paradise. Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of boats out on the water at any given time within Rhode Island waters and offshore, boating accidents in Rhode Island happen frequently – often leaving people injured in their wake.
Whether you are injured from a boat crash while on a private vessel, injured due to a collision or ejection from a personal watercraft, suffered a slip and fall on a dock/at a marina, or injured on board a ferry/charter boat, it is very important to contact a skilled local Rhode Island boating accident lawyer to help you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. If you are ready to move forward with your boat accident case call us at 401-228-8271. We offer a completely free consultation to discuss the specifics of your injuries and case.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER HIRING A BOATING ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
If you have been injured in a boating accident, you need an attorney that will fight for you. Here is what you should expect:
- Your lawyer should see you in person, whether at the office, your home, or the hospital.
- Gather evidence about the boat accident, how it happened, and who may be responsible.
- Determine the party or parties who may be liable.
- Figure out what your case is worth.
- Negotiate with the other parties or their attorneys.
- File a lawsuit if need be.
- Build a case for settlement or trial, depending on your needs
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BOATING ACCIDENTS: COMMON INJURIES
Drowning is by far the greatest risk to a person involved in a boating accident, particularly if they are not wearing a life jacket. While those that survive boating accidents face other serious medical issues such as cardiac arrest, hypothermia, and carbon monoxide poisoning, traumatic physical injuries are the most common and include:
- Spinal Injuries
- Abdominal Injuries
- Closed Head Injuries
- Spinal Fractures
- Appendicular Skeletal Fractures
- Neurological Injuries
If the accident was the result of a person, company, or government organization, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call the Rhode Island boating accident attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. at 401-228-8271 today, there is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
WHAT DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS OF BOATING ACCIDENTS?
If you have been injured in a boating accident in Rhode Island you may be entitled to damages through a lawsuit or settlement. Rhode Island law will allow you to recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses, including past, present, and future bills
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages, both from missed work and missed future earning potential
- Household bills
- Transportation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety and post-traumatic stress (emotional distress)
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Lifestyle impairment
In the most tragic cases boating accidents can result in death. Of course there is no amount of money that can bring a loved one back or fill the void left by their absence. Nevertheless, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our RI boating accident injury attorneys will fight for every dollar you deserve. On these types of cases it is often helpful to work closely with expert witnesses to ensure that your injuries and damages are valued fully. This extra effort makes sure that you recover all you are entitled to for your injuries.