In many ways, boating accident cases in Kenner, Louisiana, work similarly to those involving traffic accidents. If the owner or operator of a boat acted carelessly and caused your injuries, we can build a case to hold them accountable. We may be able to help you recover compensation based on your injuries.
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, our team offers free consultations and case assessments to victims of boating accidents in Kenner. You can learn more about our services, your rights, and the options for holding the careless boater responsible.
Recovering Compensation in a Kenner Boating Accident
In general, there are two ways you may be able to secure money for your damages following a boat collision or other watercraft accident in Kenner:
- Filing a claim based on the at-fault boater’s insurance liability policy
- Suing the at-fault boater and winning a verdict and payout in the case
Our team can handle either of these processes on your behalf if there is evidence to show:
- The boater acted carelessly or recklessly
- This caused an accident or incident
- You suffered harm because of it
As a part of representing you during this process, we will also gather the necessary evidence to prove your related damages and discover the fair settlement value of your case. This will allow us to understand what it will take to compensate you justly for your related expenses and losses, as well as future care needs and intangible damages.
Valuing Your Damages From a Boating Accident in Kenner
We will not recommend that you agree to a settlement offer without first understanding the value of your case. It helps if you reach out to us before signing any offer from the insurance company or accepting payment from the liable party.
The value of your case will depend on the type and value of the damages you experienced. Examples of these include:
- Current medical costs
- Projected future medical needs
- Lost income
- Reduced ability to earn income in the future
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
There is no way to know how much a case may be worth without first:
- Investigating the accident
- Determining fault, including any shared fault
- Identifying economic damages
- Learning about likely future care needs
- Putting a value on intangible losses
This is why we cannot give you an average settlement value in these claims or make generalizations about how much you may recover. Instead, we will determine a fair settlement value based on your individual losses and expenses incurred.
Some personal injury victims might undervalue their case, but we can show them—and the insurance company or jury—the value of their injuries and losses.
For a free legal consultation with a boating accident lawyer serving Kenner, call (337) 777-7777
Our Legal Team Represents Kenner Accident Victims Based on Contingency
If a lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers represents you in a boating accident case in Kenner, our fees will be based on contingency. We do not ask you to pay a retainer, and you will not need to pay other fees upfront.
We put up the resources and time commitment to build the case and file a claim, and we only get paid if we win. Our fees come from the compensation we recover, so you do not have to spend a penny out of your pocket. If we are unable to win your case, you owe nothing in attorney’s fees.
We also provide complimentary consultations for victims. If you were in a boat accident in Jefferson Parish, you can speak with a team member for free. These discussions are confidential, and there is no obligation to agree to our services.
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Kenner Boating Accidents and Louisiana Personal Injury Law
Most personal injury accident cases in Louisiana hinge on proving that negligence occurred and caused the resulting damages. In general, this requires evidence to confirm:
- There was a rule that stated what the person should do.
- The person violated that rule, failing to take the prescribed action.
- Their violation caused an accident.
- The victim suffered injuries and financial damages as a result.
When it comes to boating on Louisiana waterways, there are numerous rules. According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (WLF), all boaters must follow the “rules of the road” for watercraft. In addition, statutes such as RS Art. 34:851.10 outline other duties for boat owners and operators.
Our team can identify which rule or rules applied in your case and how the liable party’s actions violated this rule and led to your injuries. We will provide the supporting evidence for the claim, using it to demand a just payout based on your losses.
Deadlines if Your Jefferson Parish Boating Accident Case Goes to Trial
Many boating accident cases never require us to file a lawsuit, so most victims we represent never go in front of a judge and jury in their case. We may be able to negotiate for an out-of-court settlement with the insurer representing the boat owner. This gives us the control to reject any settlement offer that does not compensate you fairly.
However, sometimes going to trial is unavoidable. We may need to file suit if the insurer and at-fault party refuse to pay you fairly or if the boater does not have liability coverage. We can help you understand when this may be necessary during your free consultation.
In general, the deadline for taking legal action against the at-fault party is one year from the accident date under CC Art. 3492. We must make sure to meet this deadline if we need to take your case before a judge. Some exceptions could alter this deadline, so act as quickly as possible.
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How We Can Help Your Kenner Boating Injury Claim
An injury lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you seek compensation for the damages you suffered if the evidence supports your claim. We are ready to review the details of your case to assess your options.
If we believe there is enough evidence to support a payout, we can take on every aspect of the case, including:
- Investigating the boating accident
- Proving the boater’s negligence
- Negotiating with the at-fault party and insurance company
- Settling the case or taking it to trial
We Also Represent Surviving Family Members
We represent families whose loved ones died from boating accident injuries in Kenner, as well. Our team can seek damages for our clients under the Louisiana wrongful death statute, CC Art. 2315.2. This statute allows immediate family members to sue the at-fault party for up to one year after their loved one’s death.
In general, the family members who may qualify to take legal action in a wrongful death case include:
- The spouse
- Parents, if the victim is a minor or there is no surviving spouse or children
The damages in wrongful death cases include economic and non-economic losses endured by the surviving family members.
Call Our New Orleans Office Today to Learn More About Your Legal Options
Connect with the Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers team serving the greater New Orleans area, including Kenner, today. We have team members standing by to review your case and answer any questions you may have about our firm, your legal rights, or the claims process.
Call (504) 777-7777 to get started now.