Massachusetts Boat Accident Attorney
Handling Boating Injury Claims in Boston, Burlington, Methuen
Boating is a great way to enjoy being outdoors in Boston, but as the weather gets nicer, more and more vessels begin to use this space. That increase in traffic and the variation in the sizes of the vessels can lead to some serious boating accidents. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that in 2016 Massachusetts averaged almost 11 accidents per 10,000 registered watercraft. Even when boat operators and passengers follow all safety precautions, issues can occur and injuries are often the result.
People in boating accidents may suffer drowning or near-drowning, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations or crush injuries, broken bones, or serious lacerations. If you find yourself the victim of a boating accident, speak to a Boston boat accident attorney at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., to learn about your rights and what can be done to protect them. Call (617) 870-0907 to schedule your free consultation.
Top Causes of Boating Accidents
Like car accidents, many boating accidents can be traced to a single cause or a combination of causes. These statistics are tracked by the U.S. Coast Guard the same way Massachusetts law enforcement tracks vehicle accidents. The top five causes for boat accidents are:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Improper observation/lookout
- Equipment failure
- Excessive speed
Depending on the circumstances and what injury you suffered, these causes can be reasons for you to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Knowing your rights is the first step to receiving compensation that is owed to you.
Types of Compensation
The team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., will be able to explain in detail the types of reimbursement and compensation that may apply to your specific case, but in general, you could qualify for any of the following:
- Cost of medical bills
- Cost of future medical bills related to your injury
- Lost wages
- Loss of future wages if you are disabled due to the accident
- Loss of or diminished quality of life
- Property damage
We understand that your financial future and your entire life could be altered as a result of your boat-related injuries. We work hard on your behalf to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your damages.
Filing a Claim Against the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
When the party at fault for your boating accident is the MBTA, you might feel as though you have no possibility of getting fair compensation for your injuries and other damages. It is true that claims against government defendants such as the MBTA are more complicated than claims against an individual defendant. But DiBella Law Offices, P.C., has over a decade of experience handling all types of personal injury claims in Boston and throughout Massachussetts. You can rest assured that we will work to get you everything that you deserve even when a public agency is at fault for your injuries.
The statute of limitations in Massachusetts is three years for personal injury claims, but it is considerably shorter when a government entity like the MBTA is involved in your boat accident. Waiting to contact a lawyer is never a good idea. Call today at (617) 870-0907 to schedule your free consultation with Boston’s premier personal injury law firm. Let DiBella Law Offices, P.C., handle all of your legal matters so you can focus your energy on healing and regaining the joy of your daily life.
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