When boaters act negligently while operating a vessel, they can put themselves and others at risk of an accident. Negligence can come in many forms while operating a boat, such as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving in no wake zones, or from simply being an inexperienced boater.
In Louisiana, approximately 105 boating accidents occurred in 2019, resulting in injuries, deaths, and property damages valued at over $500,000, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Statistics.
If you or a loved one was involved in a boating accident in Abbeville, LA, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777. Following your accident, a lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your damages.
Receiving Compensation from Boat Accident Damages
An Abbeville boating accident lawyer will help you recover compensation by reviewing the damages (or losses), you have experienced. Upon reviewing your damages, we will monetize them and use the combined figure to determine fair compensation for your boating accident.
We can help you fight to recover compensation for boating accident damages such as:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Missed figure wages
- Limited earning capacity
- Property damages
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment
- Any related out-of-pocket expenses
Additionally, our firm can help your family pursue damages if your loved one lost their life from an Abbeville boating accident. These expenses and damages may include funerals, cremation, loss of companionship, and more.
In order to earn compensation for these damages, you will need to obtain evidence. Your evidence may include medical documents, property damage bills, and more. At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we will need to review this evidence before pursuing insurance negotiations.
An Abbeville boating accident lawyer may require evidence such as components of your boat that malfunctioned, photographs of injuries and the boat, eyewitness testimony, police reports, and potentially more.
For a free legal consultation with a boating accident lawyer serving Abbeville, call (337) 777-7777
Proving Liability When Filing a Lawsuit
The American Bar Association (ABA) states “liability stems from careless or thoughtless conduct or a failure to act when a reasonable person would have acted.” You will need to prove liability to collect damages. Your lawyer will try to settle for these damages via a claim.
You can file a boating accident lawsuit, should Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers be unsuccessful at securing your fair compensation during out-of-court negotiations with an insurance company.
In order to build a case under the basis of negligence, your lawyer must prove that negligence existed. Negligence occurs when someone acts carelessly—which results in an accident or injures others—according to the Legal Information Institute.
As stated by the Legal Information Institute, there are four elements of negligence—which include the following:
- The defendant (the person you sue) owes the plaintiff (you or your loved one) a legal duty of care
- Proof that the defendant breached this duty
- The plaintiff suffered an injury
- Proof that the defendant’s breach of care caused the injury
For example, boater negligence could result from a fellow operator driving their vessel at high speeds through no wake zones or other designated areas. Additionally, negligence could potentially occur when the boat manufacturer used faulty parts, resulting in an accident.
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, our law firm can help you obtain evidence that proves an opposing driver was negligent. We may also investigate your boating accident if the boat manufacturer did not provide safety checks on your vessel. With proper evidence of negligence or carelessness, we can help you prove the defendant is liable.
To begin a free consultation, call us today at (337) 777-7777.
Abbeville Boating Accident Lawyer Near Me (337) 777-7777
How Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Help Your Case
There are many ways in which we can help your case, such as by protecting your rights during a boat accident. Our firm’s goal is to help you fight for a successful outcome. We can do so by identifying fair compensation based on your damages.
Other things we are prepared to do in order to help you:
- Review your case during a free consultation
- Explain your options for compensation
- Negotiate an insurance claim on your behalf
- Investigate your accident and obtain evidence
- Review your medical documents and recommend additional treatment if necessary
- Fight to get you fair compensation
- Handle all communications with insurance companies
- File a potential personal injury lawsuit
- Work to uncover fault, liability, and negligence
Furthermore, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will manage the entity of your legal case from your initial consultation until we reach a settlement or judgement.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
According to CC 3492, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is generally within one year of the underlying accident. If you fail to submit a potential personal injury lawsuit for your boating accident beyond the statute of limitations, your case may be dismissed.
Upon the completion of your free consultation, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you start the legal process as soon as possible (to potentially avoid a late lawsuit filing). To learn more about working with an Abbeville boating accident lawyer, call us at (337) 777-7777.
We cannot begin starting to plan for your case until we speak with you. Your case may have specific details that may take special consideration. For instance, the statute of limitations can be affected if a minor was involved in the accident or the defendant leaves the state before any settlement negotiation is agreed upon. Our team can inform you of any facet of your case which might require us to take unique action.