The following guide may assist you in recognizing some of the issues related to boating accidents, but each case is unique. If you have been hurt in a boating accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to help you protect your rights.
Few activities bring joy to family summer vacations quite like boating. From waterskiing to fishing trips, nothing quite screams Canadian summer like small motorboats zipping across a pristine lake. Unfortunately, just like with driving a car, there are some risks associated with riding a boat, and accidents can happen, resulting in unforeseen injuries.
In automobile accidents typically, you can claim some compensation from your insurer even if you are at fault. By contrast, in boating accidents only the innocent party can seek compensation.
The law dealing with boating accidents is the Marine Liability Act which provides for a maximum of $1,000,000 in damages in an accident, regardless of the number of passengers. If the boat was being operated recklessly there may be additional compensation possible. The Marine Liability Act is a piece of federal legislation, whereas most of the legislation dealing with motor vehicle accidents is provincial. Similar to other types of personal injury claims, boating accidents have a general two-year limitation period, meaning that you have two years from the accident to file your claim in court. A personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you with navigating Ontario’s complex court processes.
What To Do If You Are Injured In A Boating Accident
Your first steps should be attending to your medical needs. If you have any intention of ever proceeding with a claim, you should take care and try to preserve any relevant evidence including prescription receipts, ambulance receipts, photographs taken of the accident, etc. You should also keep track of missed days of work and maintain a list of healthcare providers you visited.
Your next step should be contacting a personal injury lawyer who can help you asses your case. Your legal provider can arrange for any expert opinions, assist you in liaising with insurance companies, help you file your claim and ensure you are following deadlines, as well as move your case along towards either settlement or trial.
Types Of Injuries
Unfortunately, boating accidents can have a wide range of injuries. The good news is that many of those injuries could be eligible for compensation, including:
- Broken Bones
- Psychological damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one was hurt in a boating accident, consider contacting Mehdi Au LLP for assistance. We have personal injury lawyers working in Markham and around GTA who would be happy to assist you with your case.
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