As boating accident lawyers, we represent people injured on the lakes, creeks, rivers and waterways throughout the entire State of Indiana, as well as local residents injured on waterways outside the State of Indiana. Wherever the injury occurred, boat accidents are often very serious. The injuries can be severe. They are more often fatal than some other types of accidents.
Types of Boating Accident Claims and Drowning Claims:
Burns resulting from Boat Accidents
Head injuries resulting from Boat Accidents
Amputations and lacerations from propeller injuries
Personal watercraft accidents
Jet Ski accidents
Canoe and powerboat accidents
Boat accident explosions
Drunk boating accidents
Accidents from overloading boats
With the suburban sprawl ever expanding, there are more and more retention ponds and neighborhood pools than ever in Indiana. Unfortunately, this has led to more and more pool drowning claims and retention pond drowning claims. Pool drownings can result from lifeguard inattention and negligence, lifeguard understaffing, or violations of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. This law was put in place to ensure better safety with pool drains which can entrap drowning victims, especially children. Unsafe retention ponds can also lead to tragic drownings, with the victims most often children or elderly. Our experienced attorneys care about pool and retention pond safety and stand ready to help you and your family.
The warmer weather has people hauling out the boats and life jackets and hitting the lake. However, when Rick Huddleston of Fort Wayne and Dakota Dellahan of Muskegon drove their personal watercraft vehicles too close to one another, Tuesday took a turn for the worst (literally). Both operaters were making sharp turns toward one another, when the vehicles got too close.
The accident occured at Adams Lake in LaGrange County. Though both operators were wearing the legally…
With a summer full of rainy days and back-to-school time quickly approaching, many boat owners are taking advantage of the nicer weather to get in some much needed lake time. Whether you own or rent and whether it’s a pontoon boat or a jet ski, it is important to know what steps need to be taken in case of an accident, and - even more importantly - what steps you can take to prevent an accident from ever occurring.
Many of the tips for preventing a water…
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Will I be billed monthly for any costs?
No. At our discretion, we advance all costs during our representation of you and do not send monthly bills. At the end of our representation, all costs advanced will be clearly itemized for you so you know exactly where every dollar is going.
What’s meant by statute of limitations?
Statute of limitations refers to the need to file a lawsuit within a time limit. In Indiana, most injury cases, such as auto accidents or slip-and-fall claims, have a two-year statute of limitations, but not all. Some lawsuits, such as lawsuits against the government require a notice within a shorter period of time. The time begins to run when a cause of action accrues. A good example is someone negligently running into your car. The statute of limitation begins on the day of the accident. This issue can become more complicated, however. Sometimes, you have no way of knowing that you have a cause of action for years, such as discovering ill effects from taking a medication or being exposed to chemicals. It is important to seek the advice of an attorney and doctor if you suspect that you are having problems but don't know for sure if it relates to the negligence of another or an unreasonably dangerous product.
What am I entitled to recover after an accident?
You may be entitled to a number of different types of damages under Indiana law. Some of the more common types of damages in accident cases are: reasonable and necessary medical expenses, lost earnings, reduced earning capacity in the future, future medical expenses and prescriptions, pain and suffering, and permanent impairment.
I have been in a motor vehicle accident. Should I go to a doctor?
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should see a doctor right away. Firstly, you should see a doctor for your own well-being. You may not be able to discern the extent of your injuries yourself; a small ache could be something significant, or it could be nothing at all. Only a doctor can tell you for sure. Secondly, you should see a doctor because if you decide to bring a legal claim against the at-fault driver or another party, you will need documentation of your injuries and what you did to fix them.
Do I have to go to court if I want to recover monetary damages?
Maybe. Your case may settle even before your attorney files a lawsuit; on the other hand, it may go all the way to a trial and a jury verdict. The majority of lawsuits are settled before they get to trial, but what happens in your case depends on the facts, the law and the parties involved.
If the accident was my fault, can I still recover compensation?
Some states have no-fault insurance laws. This means that you may be able to make some recovery of economic damages from your own insurance company. In other states, if your fault is found to be over a certain level, it is more difficult to recover compensation. An attorney in your state can advise you on the rules in your area.
How soon do I need to bring my legal claim against the other driver?
It is best to speak with an attorney right away. The time limits for taking legal action vary by state, and they may also be affected by insurance policy specifics. The nature of your injuries may even change the amount of time you have to bring a claim.
What if the other driver, who caused the accident, has no insurance?
Even though your state may require all drivers to carry a certain level of auto insurance, that doesn't mean that everyone follows the law. This is why some states require insurance companies to offer drivers uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. If your insurance policy has this feature, then it may compensate you for some of your losses.
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