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How do I Know I am Entitled to Compensation Following a Boating Accident in Maryland?

How do I Know I am Entitled to Compensation Following a Boating Accident in Maryland?

Since the summer is arguably the best time of the year to go boating, it is no surprise there are also more boating accidents happening now than usual. If you own a boat, it is important you ensure it is in tip-top shape before taking it out on the water, and if you are a passenger who was injured due to the boat owner’s negligence, you must contact an experienced attorney today, because there is a good chance you are entitled to recover compensation that may be used to cover lost wages, medical bills and more. 

What constitutes a negligent boating accident?

Essentially if the boat owner does not take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety and you were injured, there is a good chance they will be held accountable. Here are some of the ways in which a boat owner may be considered negligent:

  • If he or she is not an experienced boater
  • If he or she collides with an object due inattentiveness, drowsiness or otherwise
  • If the boat owner does not bring proper safety equipment on board, and you sustain injuries as a result
  • If he or she is operating the boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • If the boat owner is speeding and you are injured as a result

We understand the severity of boat accidents. Just because you are not driving on the road does not mean it is a free-for-all. Boat owners must operate in the safest manner possible, just as automobile drivers do. Do not let a serious injury due to another party’s negligence go unanswered.

How do I recover compensation if I am injured due to another party’s negligence?

In order to receive compensation, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. If you are able to prove the other party was responsible for your injuries, you will most likely win your case. In order to do so, there are a few things you can do to help your case. First, you should take pictures or video of the incident, if at all possible. If you are unable to do so, then ask any potential witnesses if they had a chance to. If not, then you should ask them if they would vouch for you in order to help prove your claim. You must also see a medical professional immediately, both for your injuries and for the documentation he or she will provide regarding your injuries. This may also help your case in court. Additionally, you need to be very careful about what you post on social media following your personal injury claim. The insurance companies will be monitoring your social media for anything that may even slightly prove your claim untrue, and they will most likely use it against you and deny you of the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Maryland firm

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a swimming pool accident and seek legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC today.

Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC to schedule a consultation.