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  • American Association for Justice
    As members of the AAJ, we are committed to promoting a fair, effective justice system that allows for victims of misconduct or negligence to obtain the justice they deserve.
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
    Members of the Rhode Island Association for Justice follow the organization’s mission: Working together to ensure equality.
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    The Rhode Island Bar Association has been working to uphold and protect federal and state laws since 1898, with an emphasis on maintaining a democratic government and honoring the justice system.
  • DC Bar
    Membership with the DC Bar provides us with access to legal research materials, professional service providers, and more that can be used for the benefit of our clients.
  • Super Lawyers
    Only 2.5% of attorneys in a given state are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars® list. Members must be aged 40 or younger, or be in practice for 10 years or less.
  • Distinguished Martindale Hubbell
    Distinguished® attorneys are peer-review rated and selected based on their honorable professional achievements.
  • Brain Injury Association
    Our work with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is designed to provide information and services to survivors.
  • Brain Association of America
    As members of the Brain Injury Association of America, we are the voice of awareness, and we are here to help survivors.
  • Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    This is a society of multidisciplinary brain injury professionals who come together to discuss issues concerning brain injury and bring the science behind brain injuries into practice.
  • Melvin M Belli
    Lawyers are initiated into the Melvin M. Belli society by invitation-only and are considered to be distinguished trial lawyers.

Rhode Island Boat Accident Lawyers

Handling All Types of Watercraft Accident Claims from Providence & Middletown

People injured as a result of negligence on recreational boats, including powerboats and sailboats, have the right to sue and recover damages from the negligent party. This includes passengers on a boat who are injured as a result of the boat operator's negligence, including striking a dock or another boat or speeding into a wave. This can also include the operator or passenger on a boat if another boat negligently strikes them.

If you or your loved one was injured in an accident involving a recreational watercraft, contact the Rhode Island boat injury attorneys at Karns & Kerrison for a free consultation.

Who Can Sue for Damages in Boat Accidents?

Maritime law also extends to personal watercraft including Jet Skis, WaveRunners, Sea-Doos or other smaller personal watercraft. Anyone injured as a result of the negligence of someone else has the right to sue for damages.

This includes a passenger in a personal watercraft who is injured as a result of the operator's negligence, or the operator of the personal watercraft if he or she is injured as a result of another party's negligence. This would include if the operator of the personal watercraft is injured as a result of another boat or personal watercraft striking him or her.

Boat accidents involving recreational swimmers are also covered under this law. Swimmers, snorkelers, or scuba divers who are injured when struck by boats or due to another act of negligence may seek damages for their injuries.

The recovery for these injuries differs from case to case, but often includes:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring
  • Loss of use
  • Permanent injuries
  • Permanent loss of income or reduced income
  • Emotional distress

At Karns & Kerrison, we help injured individuals and the family members of those killed in serious boat and personal watercraft accidents. We can help you determine your legal options and fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed.

Contact Our Firm for a Free Consultation

If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury in a boat accident in Providence or anywhere in Rhode Island, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your family and your future.

Discuss your case with our Rhode Island boat accident lawyers; call (888) 281-3100 or contact us online today.

  • Car Accident Traumatic Brain Injury
    I would definitely recommend Karns & Kerrison to anyone who asked - they come through for you.

    - Patricia Feeley

  • Slipped on Greasy Floor
    I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending Karns & Kerrison.

    - Mike Carey

  • Rear End Collision
    Nothing but positive results from consultation, to filing the legal suit, handling of a major operation, to recovery and finalizing a generous settlement.

    - Larry Goldfarb

  • Horrible Car Accident
    They not only got me a fair settlement, they helped to get me well.

    - Nancy

  • Motor Vehicle Accident - Braga Bridge
    It was comforting to know I had someone watching out for me.

    - Jeanie Small

  • Pedestrian hit by Car
    I did not know where to turn when I realized I needed legal help but I am very happy that I found Karns & Kerrison.

    - Martin

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If you or your loved one suffered severe, life-altering injuries due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help you fight for justice. For answers to your questions or to schedule a free consultation, contact our personal injury team at (888) 281-3100. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay attorneys’ fees after we have recovered compensation on your behalf.

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