There are plenty of places to go boating and enjoy other water-based leisure activities in Ohio, from Lake Erie to dozens of smaller lakes spread out across the state. Unfortunately, fun on the water can often be interrupted by accidents that cause serious injury and even death.
If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a boating accident caused by negligence, our Columbus boat accident lawyers want to hear from you. We can review your claim in a free, no obligation consultation to inform you of your legal options.
At O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, we always put the best interests of our clients first. Our accident attorneys will aggressively pursue maximum compensation and we will take your case to trial if necessary to achieve justice.
COMMON TYPES AND CAUSES OF BOATING ACCIDENTS
Our personal injury attorneys represent victims of many types of boating accidents, from collisions and drownings to water skiing and canoeing accidents. We also represent swimmers and people on boats who were injured by fires, slip and fall accidents, falling off a boat, or collisions with watercraft.
These accidents are often caused by negligent boaters who were engaging in some type of reckless or unsafe behavior, such as:
- Boating in bad weather
- Failing to have the proper safety equipment on the boat
- Having too much cargo or too many passengers on board
- Boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Not paying attention
- Operating a boat without proper training
- Operating a boat with defective or malfunctioning parts
However, establishing that your injuries were caused by negligence can be complicated. That is why you need an experienced Columbus boating accident attorney to thoroughly investigate your legal claim.
Our attorneys know precisely how to prove that negligence occurred and we will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for the damages you have suffered.
THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATING YOUR CLAIM
If you want to obtain compensation for injuries you suffered in a boating accident, you need a skilled attorney who can build a strong case in your favor.
One of the most important parts of building a solid case is conducting a thorough investigation to get a clear idea of what happened in the accident.
Our Columbus lawyers have the resources to do any or all of the following to investigate your boat accident claim:
- Interviewing eye witnesses to the accident
- Obtaining any available video footage of the incident
- Using the latest technology to create an accurate reconstruction of the accident
- Investigating the accident scene
- Reviewing the accident with experts
- Reviewing the history of the boat operator and his or her credentials
We understand how traumatic a boating accident can be and that is why we will take on the burden of investigating the situation.
TYPES OF COMPENSATION FOR BOATING ACCIDENT CLAIMS
Boating accidents can leave victims with many severe injuries, some of them life-altering, including:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal damage
Most people are not financially prepared to deal with the medical bills associated with these injuries. Victims may also lose money when they are forced to miss work while recovering from these injuries or receiving treatment.
That is why the law allows victims of negligence to recover various forms of compensation if their accident was caused by another’s negligence. This can include:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses now and in the future
- Lost wages from missed time at work
Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who will not accept any settlement offer that provides less-than-fair compensation. We arrive to every negotiation knowing exactly how victims have been affected and what they are entitled to under the law.
If we are unable to negotiate a fair settlement, we are fully prepared to take your case to court to fight for justice. We can consult expert witnesses to further bolster your claim and increase your chance of success.
COLUMBUS BOATING ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS READY TO ASSIST YOU
Spending time out on the water should be fun, but too often the fun is interrupted by an accident caused by someone else’s intentional or reckless actions.
Victims of these accidents are often left with severe injuries that require ongoing medical treatment and cause financial and emotional damages.
Our Columbus boat accident lawyers have seen the devastation caused by these accidents. That is why we are committed to aggressively pursuing compensation to help victims move forward.