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Did You Suffer Injuries on Boston Harbor? Call Us

Boating is a popular pastime in Boston Harbor and beyond, as well as a legitimate means of transportation for many Bostonians. But on the water, there is always a certain level of risk. Drowning, near-drowning, and other injuries are an ever-present danger. Massachusetts has a higher-than-average fatality rate compared to the rest of the United States, according to the latest Coast Guard data.

If you were injured on a watercraft, the Boston personal injury attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., are available to help you sort out the possibility of compensation for your injuries. We have been working to protect the rights of injury victims in Boston for over a decade, and we welcome your call at (617) 870-0907.

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Private Vessels

In Massachusetts, recreational motorboats, canoes, sailboats, fishing boats, and personal watercraft like Wave Runners or Jet Skis all require registration. Non-motor craft do not require registration.

Many boating injuries in Boston involve private vessels that are owner-operated. This could be a family out for a day on the water, or friends enjoying a fishing trip. The five leading causes of boating accidents include (2017 Recreational Boating Statistics):

  • Operator inattention
  • Improper lookout
  • Operator inexperience
  • Machinery failure
  • Alcohol use

Almost all of these causes are related to human error. When a privately owned and operated boat gets into a collision, it is almost always the fault of the boat’s owner. This can place injured guests in a difficult position when seeking compensation, but our Boston boating lawyers understand. We will explain your rights and guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party’s insurance.

By law, the boat’s operator is required to report an accident that caused death, a missing person, or a serious injury within 48 hours to the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Boating and Recreational Vehicle Safety Bureau.

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Commercial Vessels

Suffering an injury on a commercial vessel is different from an accident involving a private vessel. Water taxis running from and to Logan International, the aquarium, the World Trade Center, and other Boston sights are operated by private companies. Ferries are owned and operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Filing a claim against a government agency is more complicated than another person’s private insurance, due to sovereign immunity and shorter deadlines.

The MBTA also employs lawyers to help them reduce what they pay to anyone who sues them, regardless of the reason or the responsibility. But DiBella Law Offices, P.C., can level the playing field for you. We have over a decade of experience handling boating claims in the Boston area. We are not intimidated because we know the law and have won claims against private boat owners, boating companies, and the MBTA.

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What Compensation Is Available?

Many boat owners have watercraft insurance for just these occasions, and commercial vessels will have commercial policies. As you receive treatment for your injuries, the bills begin to add up, and you might worry that your injury could be the beginning of your financial collapse. But that is not where you need to be focusing your energy. DiBella Law Offices, P.C., will work diligently on the case so that you can focus on your health and your family.

Each claim is unique, and we will be able to explain exactly what types of compensation apply to you, which could include:

  • Your current and future medical bills related to the injuries
  • Your lost wages while you are unable to work
  • Your future lost wages, if any of your injuries causes a lifelong disability
  • Your emotional distress, including counseling or therapy if needed
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your property damage

We will work diligently to secure the full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Personal injury claims in Massachusetts have a statute of limitations of three years, but that time frame is much shorter in cases involving the MBTA. Contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C., today at (617) 870-0907 to learn about your rights as the victim of boating injuries in Boston.

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