The physical injuries and property damage from a boating accident can leave you with serious financial consequences. If you or someone you love was injured in a boating accident, you might have the basis of a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. If you can prove the cause, effect, and financial impact of the accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your accident-related damages.
The personal injury lawyer who represents you may also guide you in calculating the types and amounts of your recoverable damages, which may include:
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A New Orleans boating accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can manage this entire process on your behalf when we represent you. For a free case review, you can reach out to the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no upfront payments required to start.
Why Hire Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers for a Boating Accident Case in New Orleans?
Boating accident cases are not always straightforward. A law firm without experience handling boat-related cases may not know the nuances of Louisiana’s boating laws and regulations. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers handles boating accident cases. We have the knowledge and experience that boat accident victims need.
You may choose to hire a law firm—our firm in particular—for several reasons, including:
Your Unfamiliarity With the Legal Process
Those who have never brought a boating accident case may lack basic knowledge of:
- What to expect from the legal process
- Settlement negotiations
- Boating laws in Louisiana
- Legal concepts specific to personal injury law
Experience matters when trying a boating accident case in New Orleans. Our firm has plenty of it, having recovered over $600 million for our clients. Our attorneys have legal training and knowledge of cases like yours.
Your Physical and Psychological Injuries
Your boating accident may have caused significant injuries. Even worse, you may have lost a loved one. You may be dealing with physical and psychological injuries that make it impossible to represent yourself effectively. Trying to handle a legal case when you’re physically or psychologically compromised may:
- Cause your injuries to worsen
- Lead to new health-related issues
- Provide less time for you to rest, recover, and rehabilitate
- Diminish the quality of your case
Your health should be the priority after a boating accident. Our firm will manage your legal case, so you can get better.
Your Appreciation of Our Experience and Results
Seeking justice for accident victims is what we do. Personal injury law isn’t our hobby, but our job and passion. Many accident victims would prefer to have a dedicated professional handle their case, so they choose Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers to represent them.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers’ Track Record Speaks for Itself
Our results in settlement negotiations and court are a point of pride. Our recoveries for clients include several multi-million-dollar recoveries—$23 million, $17 million, $10.4 million, $7 million, and many more.
While these recoveries signify our firm’s hard work, we’re just as proud of the reviews that former clients leave our team members serving New Orleans:
- “Integrity, professionalism, and most important the willingness to go above and beyond expectations.” – Tara, former client
- “Laborde Earles is by your side always. I don’t know where I’d be without the help from them. Very firm, professional [and] keeps me posted on my case.” – Keana, former client
- “Laborde Earles law firm was a blessing during the most difficult time of my life. They are compassionate and very professional with great attention to detail.” – Cory, former client
A law firm should go the extra mile for its clients. We want you to be as comfortable as possible with our representation. We answer your questions clearly and directly, respond promptly to calls and emails, and honor any specific requests you have of us.
We have a shared goal with every client: obtaining a fair financial recovery.
Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Boating Accident Case
Boating accidents can occur when one vessel crashes into another vessel or an object, such as a dock. They also can occur if someone suffers injuries in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall while aboard. Other circumstances may also qualify as a boating accident.
If you can prove that another party’s negligence caused your accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Depending on the details of your accident and injuries, recoverable damages in this type of case may include:
- Medical expenses until you are fully recovered
- Lost wages related to the time missed at work while recovering from your injuries
- Reduced earning ability
- Property repair or replacement costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of life enjoyment
Damages like pain and suffering can be challenging to prove because they have no dollar value that can be documented with a receipt or invoice. However, our lawyer who handles boating accidents in the New Orleans area can calculate these damages for you and pursue compensation for them.
Wrongful Death Damages May Be Recoverable
Unfortunately, some boating accidents result in fatal injuries. If you lost a loved one to such an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages on the decedent’s behalf under CC Art. 2315.2. Louisiana law allows only certain people related to the decedent to file a wrongful death action. If you are eligible to do so, we can work with you to file a lawsuit.
If your wrongful death case is successful, you could recover compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and lost household income and benefits. You also may be able to recover damages for grief over losing your loved one and the loss of mentorship and guidance.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can also collect evidence of the value of your injuries and damages when we represent you.
Evidence in a Boating Accident Case
In addition to a boating accident report, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can collect evidence of the responsible party’s liability, such as:
- Photos or videos from the accident scene
- Photos of the boats, ramps, or other structures involved
- Photos or videos of the victim’s accident injuries
- Witness statements
- Your medical records and statements from your doctor
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
When our personal injury team investigates your boating accident, we may ask you for any accident-related evidence or receipts that you have.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Damages
Once we have the evidence of the responsible party’s liability and your damages’ value, we can present the case to their insurance company. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can take the case to trial if necessary, including if the insurance company refuses to provide a fair settlement.
We Will Manage Your Entire Case
During this time, we can also handle all daily communications, deadlines, and paperwork in the case so you can focus your time and energy on your recovery. Our staff will be available to answer your questions and provide you with updates on your case throughout this process.
If you qualify to seek damages, we can offer you representation on a contingency-fee basis. There are no upfront payments required in this arrangement. Instead, our attorney’s fee comes as a percentage of your settlement offer or court award should we win your case.
Filing a Lawsuit for a Boating Accident Has a Time Limit
CC Art. 3492 puts a general one-year statute of limitations on filing a personal injury lawsuit after a boating accident. When Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers represents you, we work hard to file your lawsuit on time. We do so because filing late may mean:
- We cannot successfully file your lawsuit.
- Your lawsuit is dismissed without being heard.
- The at-fault party might not be compelled to compensate you.
Avoid putting your right to financial recovery at risk by waiting too long to get legal help. During a free consultation with a member of our team, we can review what specific deadlines pertain to your lawsuit.
Report Your Boating Accident Without Delay
After a boating accident in New Orleans, you may be required to stop, help anyone who needs assistance, and exchange information with the other involved boat owner. The information you exchange should include names, contact information, and boat identification information.
Additionally, you must report a boating accident in much the same manner as a car accident, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (WLF). A report is mandatory if anyone on either boat:
- Suffers injuries
A report is also mandatory if more than $500 in property damage occurs. While the law makes a report mandatory in certain situations, itemizing the details of a boating accident in an official report is also a good idea. This document may prove to be a useful piece of evidence of your damages in your personal injury case.
Establishing the Cause of Your Boating Accident
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cited 4,168 recreational boat accidents in the U.S. in 2019. These accidents caused 2,559 injuries, 613 deaths, and $55 million in property damage.
According to the USCG, some common causes of boating accidents include:
- The boat operator not paying attention
- The boat operator lacking experience
- Lack of a proper lookout
- Alcohol use
Whatever the cause of your New Orleans boating accident, a lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to identify the responsible party and collect evidence of how their negligence caused your accident, your injuries, and the financial aftermath.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
A boating accident in New Orleans can damage or destroy your boat. Worse, it can leave you and any passengers on your boat with serious injuries. You do not have to seek compensation for these damages alone. A boating accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can manage all aspects of your New Orleans insurance claim or lawsuit.
For a free, no-obligation consultation about your case with a member of our boating accident team, contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today.