Attorney Helps People Hurt in Wisconsin Boating Accidents
Experienced personal injury lawyer seeks compensation for clients
Wisconsin is renowned for the opportunities it offers recreational boaters. Whether you’re on the Fox River, Lake Winnebago, Lake Mendota or one of the numerous other bodies of water in Wisconsin, you can have a beautiful day on the water. However, that can all change in an instant. A boat accident can cause serious injuries, and without a skillful attorney by your side, you might not be able to collect the payment you need to cover your medical costs and other accident-related expenses. At Apex Accident Attorneys, LLC in Oshkosh, attorney George W. Curtis, Jr. draws on more than 50 years of experience representing injury victims throughout the state and strives to make sure that people who get hurt while on watercraft have the legal support they need to get compensated fairly.
Common causes of injuries involving boats and personal watercraft
No matter the size of the craft, numerous forms of negligence could contribute to a recreational boating injury. Common causes of marine accident claims include:
- Boating while intoxicated — For certain boaters, alcohol is part of the fun, but while passengers might enjoy a drink, anyone with operational control of any type of watercraft should avoid alcohol altogether. It might be difficult to obtain a timely breathalyzer test after an accident on the water, but I investigate the facts and obtain witness testimony to determine if the defendant was impaired.
- Speeding and other reckless behavior — Getting out on a lake or river is a great way to relieve the stress of everyday life. Unfortunately, some people become too casual when guiding a vessel or personal watercraft. Your injury might have been caused by a person who was traveling at an excessive speed or who recklessly cut in front of you.
- Weather conditions — A quick change in the weather could present a boat operator with conditions that they cannot handle. In situations where a failure to take proper care results in physical harm, my firm works to hold the negligent parties accountable.
- Equipment problems — Whether you’re on a large yacht or riding a Jet Ski, your well-being depends on whether your equipment functions properly. When warranted, I consult with experts to see if a manufacturer’s defect, old equipment or poor maintenance contributed to a marine injury.
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, ligament damage or another type of injury while on a boat or personal watercraft, I will fight to secure all of the compensation you are entitled to, including funds to pay for your medical bills and any income you lost while your medical condition kept you out of work. You can also recover damages for non-economic damages, which might include the pain you experienced and the negative effects of any scarring or disfigurement.
Aggressive advocate understands the law relating to marine injury claims
Preparing a formidable case in a boating accident case can be a challenge, and finding credible witnesses and gathering physical evidence might be much more difficult. Moreover, liability rules and insurance coverage issues are often much more complex in matters involving watercraft. This is why you need an experienced injury attorney who is familiar with the relevant laws and local courts. Having practiced in this area for decades, I know how to develop the strongest possible boating accident claim so that you can obtain the compensation you deserve in a payment or settlement.
Contact a Winnebago County boating accident lawyer for a free consultation
Wisconsin has 15,000 lakes and more than 1,000,000 miles of streams and rivers. Apex Accident Attorneys, LLC handles claims arising from water-based accidents throughout the state. To make an appointment for a free initial consultation, please call or contact me online. My office is in Oshkosh.