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
- 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 Newport 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.
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