If you’ve recently been hurt in a boating accident in or around Philadelphia, you might be entitled to a financial settlement or award. Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC can help you determine the best course of action for pursuing monetary damages. When you call our Philadelphia boat accident attorneys for help, we’ll work day and night to recover maximum compensation on your behalf.
We provide a free initial case assessment, so give our Philadelphia law office a call to schedule yours today.
How Will Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC Help If I’ve Been in a Philadelphia Boat Accident?
Philadelphia might be one of the largest urban areas in the nation, but there’s no shortage of water in and around the city. Residents and tourists, alike, spend a lot of time out on the water. You can even discover historic Philadelphia from a tour on the water. However, not everyone is careful. Conditions in the northeast aren’t always the best for water recreation. In turn, boating accidents happen.
When you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence on the water, you deserve to be compensated. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our personal injury lawyers have more than 80 years of combined experience helping injury victims like you. Through hard work, dedication, and attention to detail, we’re able to deliver results. After your boating accident, we’ll work hard to get the money you deserve.
As we navigate your boating accident case, our team will:
- Investigate, which might include cooperating with local law enforcement agencies, to gather relevant evidence
- Figure out what caused your boat accident to happen
- Determine who is responsible and liable for your injuries
- Bring in experts as we establish what your injuries and personal injury case are likely worth
- Navigate the claims process and negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf, and
- Minimize your contributions to the accident, if any.
Most personal injury cases don’t go to court. However, there’s always a chance yours could. If you aren’t offered a fair settlement, our Philadelphia trial lawyers will bring your case to a jury and fight to get them on your side.
How Common Are Boating Accidents in Philadelphia, PA?
Philadelphia certainly has its fair share of water. The Delaware River separates the city from New Jersey. The Schuylkill River, where most college teams row, effectively cuts the city in half, separating West Philadelphia from East Philadelphia. There are dozens of ponds and streams throughout the region, increasing their presence as you get further and further away from center city. Needless to say, there is a lot of water in Philadelphia County.
Where there’s water, there’s recreational water activity. Where there’s recreational water activity, there are accidents. And, in Pennsylvania, those accidents happen with great frequency.
According to Pennsylvania Boaters and Waterways Conservation Officers, there were 61 boating accidents in Pennsylvania in 2018. This represented a slight decline from the prior year, when there were 69 reported boating accidents in the state.
That’s about two boating accidents every month, which is considerable for a state with harsh and cold winters like Pennsylvania.
What kind of boating accidents happen most frequently in Pennsylvania? According to state crash statistics, these types of accidents were those most commonly reported in 2018:
- Falling overboard
- Collision with vessel
- Ejected from vessel
- Fire or explosion
- Grounding, and
- Flooding or swamping.
Skier mishaps, ejection from vessel, striking a fixed object, and hitting a dam were also among those boating accidents reported that year.
We Represent All Boat Accident Victims in Philadelphia
Whether your accident involved a commercial boat, a recreational vessel, or both, the personal injury team at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC is here to help. We represent clients who have been injured in all types of boating accidents in Philadelphia, including:
- Kayak accidents
- Canoeing accidents
- Jet ski accidents
- Sailboat accidents
- Duck boat accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Boat tour accidents
- Rowing or crew accidents, and more.
Don’t hesitate to call our Philadelphia law office for more information. We offer a free case assessment to all new clients, so feel free to reach out today.
Causes of Boating Accidents
Every year, thousands of people across the country are involved in boating accidents. These accidents can happen for pretty much any reason. However, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are certain things that tend to cause these accidents most frequently. These include:
- Inexperienced boat operator
- Collision with a recreational vehicle
- Collision with a fixed object
- Excessive speed
- Defective vessels
- Machinery malfunctions
- Lack of safety equipment
- Boating while intoxicated
- Inclement weather
- Congested waterways, and
- Violating state and local boating regulations.
These accidents tend to happen when operators are negligent. However, if you’ve been in a boat accident in Philadelphia, you may also have a legitimate claim for damages against boat passengers, boat manufacturers, boat rental companies, and even the employer of a negligent third party. Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC will work hard to pinpoint every single party that might be to blame for your accident. When we do, we’ll work just as hard to hold them each accountable.
Boating Accident Injuries Can Be Catastrophic
Any accident can be traumatic. Those that happen out on the open water have the potential to be the worst. Not only are you vulnerable to injuries in the accident itself, but you’re also exposed to the threat of additional water-related injuries.
Common boat accident injuries include:
- Brain injury, including trauma caused by oxygen deprivation
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Wrongful death, and more.
Our team understands that many of these injuries will require your undivided attention. In turn, you might not be able to travel to our office right away. We don’t want you to let valuable time slip away before filing a claim. So, our attorneys can come to you at home, at the hospital, or even at the office. Just give us a call to arrange a time to discuss your case today.
Compensation Available to Boating Accident Victims
When you suffer an injury as a result of someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, the consequences aren’t something you should have to deal with on your own. Don’t let the person responsible for your traumatic accident off the hook without paying you the money you deserve. Call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC and let our accomplished Philadelphia boat accident lawyers handle your personal injury case.
We will work day and night to recover all compensatory damages to which you may be entitled. This could include money for:
- Hospitalization, surgery, medical devices, and other medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages and income while you recover
- Temporary and/or permanent disability
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering, and more.
At-fault parties will work hard to minimize your financial payout. Insurance companies will try to find a way to blame you for your injuries. Unchecked, these tactics can prevent you from getting the money you deserve. If you’re allocated blame, your financial award will be reduced or, worse, barred.
Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers will stand up for you and protect you from these types of (often false) allegations. We’ll gather evidence to prove that you had little-to-nothing to do with your boat accident. If you did contribute, we’ll work hard to make your role as small as possible. The less blame allocated to you, the more in damages you can ultimately recover.
Statute of Limitations for Boating Accident Cases
The trauma of your boat accident might stay with you forever. However, you must realize that you will not have an unlimited amount of time to demand the money you deserve. The state will assume that you’ve waived your right to compensation if you do not file a claim before the statute of limitations expires.
For most boat crash lawsuits, you’ll have up to two years from the date of your injury to initiate legal action. You could have more or less time, depending on the particular details of your injury case. But, these exceptions are few and far between. It’s best to consult with an attorney as soon as you can after your accident to preserve your rights.
Our Philadelphia Boating Accident Lawyers Are Here For You
Whether you’ve been injured in a rowing accident on the Schuylkill River or were hit by a tour boat while jet skiing on the Delaware, you might be entitled to compensation. Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC will be there to stand by your side as you fight to get the money you deserve. Our law firm provides a free consultation so that you can fully understand your legal rights and options. Give us a call today to schedule a time to discuss your case in detail. You have a limited amount of time to assert your rights, so call us for help today;