Taking a boat out on Lake Erie can be a really enjoyable trip for the whole family. Accidents on the boat, however, can happen quickly and unexpectedly while having serious and life-altering injuries. The result can be physical, emotional, mental and financial anguish which can leave the injured party in a position where they are no longer able to work or enjoy life.
In the circumstances, there is a range of damages available to claim against the negligent party who caused the accident.
Examples of recoverable damages available for boating injuries
Every situation is unique, but here are some of the possibilities:
- Payment of medical bills: Lacerations, head injuries and broken bones are common boating accident injuries. If the injury is serious and involves an operation with a hospital stay, medical bills can soon add up. There is also the chance that physical therapy will be needed. The claimant is entitled to ask for assistance with payment.
- Lost wages and earnings: Both physical and mental injury or illness can leave people unable to work and in need of damages to cover the cost of living.
- Pain and suffering: A boating accident can be traumatic, leaving people with permanent pain and suffering — such as flashbacks or nightmares. They deserve to be compensated for this and a legal expert will quantify how much should be paid in damages.
- Home modifications: The worst accidents can cause injuries that have a permanent effect on the mobility of the injured party. Damages are needed to provide for the individual for the rest of their life if they can no longer work as a result.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, there are strict timelines in which you can make a claim. Seeking some legal assistance early on can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve as soon as possible. Please call the Quinn Law Firm at 814-833-2222 to talk about your options.