When you think about getting out on a boat for some recreation, the last thing you should have to worry about is an injury. Likewise, if you work in or around the water, you should expect your employer to ensure safe conditions.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are ready to help if you are injured in a boating incident that was caused by another person’s negligence. Our qualified and experienced team will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need for all of your injury-related expenses. When you need a Philadelphia boating accident attorney, call us today.
What To Be Aware Of
Boating accidents are not something you think about every day. Sure, we see them on the nightly news, but only if there are multiple casualties or injuries. What many people do not realize is that boating accidents are fairly common and often caused due to the negligence of a boat operator or company.
When a person decides to head out on a boat for the day, they often rent one from a company. Sometimes this includes heading out with a boat captain or crew. Other times, people take one out themselves. Boat owners and companies have major responsibilities, including:
- Ensuring that all crew members are properly trained to do their jobs.
- Ensuring that all watercraft and on-board equipment is well-maintained and regularly inspected.
- Making sure that their crews follow all maritime laws and regulations.
- Making sure that there are enough lifejackets are on board for each passenger and that everyone knows how to use them.
Boating crews should always monitor weather conditions. If there is a threat of severe weather before a scheduled outing, then the trip should be rescheduled. If weather conditions deteriorate, crews should head to safety.
Regardless of why a person chooses to use a boat or watercraft, whether for fishing, watersports, or for some relaxation, they should be able to expect safe conditions.
Boating injuries can be severe and often include:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
For those who work primarily on the water, their employer should always ensure they have safe working conditions. Anyone injured while working on a boat may be eligible for compensation through the Jones Act or the Longshore Workers’ Compensation Act, both of which serve as types of workers’ compensation.
What To Do Now
All you wanted to do was have some fun when you went out on the water, but now you are stuck dealing with injuries and massive medical bills. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we will step in when another person’s negligence has caused you harm. Our team will work to secure compensation for all of your incident-related expenses, including:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against individuals or companies responsible