Arizona Boating Accident Attorneys
If you have been involved in a boating accident, you may be suffering some serious injuries. It is overwhelming to be hurt in an accident to no fault of your own and then have all of these unexpected expenses. We want to make the process of getting your rightful compensation as simple as possible. We will do everything possible to get you the result you deserve. Please read up about your boating accident case, then give us a call to set up your free consultation to go over the details of your case.
Common Boating Accident Injuries
Boating accidents are frightening. There are not really a lot of safety precautions on a boat like there are in a car. You could be thrown from the boat, and you could be at risk of getting thrown into objects on the boat that cause severe injuries. It is common for these injuries to be worse compared to other personal injury accidents. The most common injuries we see from boating accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury and concussion
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
It is so important that you get your injuries tended to as soon as possible. You do not want to wait and risk worsening your condition. You have options of what type of medical care you seek out. You might want to see your general physician, go to the emergency room, or visit an urgent care center. Odds are if you are severely injured on the scene, you might be taken on an ambulance and taken to the emergency room regardless. We urge you to receive medical care as soon as possible, even if it means taking an ambulance.
It is also so important for you to get medical attention so that we can show the insurance company who represents the liable party how badly their client’s negligence hurt you. When you see a medical professional, we have documented proof of your injuries and your treatment to show the insurance company. We also get an idea of what kind of treatment you will need in the future.
Statute of Limitations
In Arizona, for personal injury, you have two years from the date of the accident to bring your claim or to settle it in civil court. It is a hard deadline that you must follow. If you are even a day late, you will be barred from receiving any compensation. It is always advised that you act quickly when starting your boating accident claim. Though you might have two years to bring your claim, does not mean you should wait. It takes time to get your case ready and you want to give your attorney as much time as possible to build a strong one. It is hard to get everything if you wait a while to contact an attorney and force them to rush the process.
How to Get Compensation
Arizona follows the rules of pure comparative negligence which has to do with any fault you shared in the accident. If someone crashed into your boat and you tried to avoid them, but they just did not see you, you might not be sharing any of the fault. Fortunately, you won’t be barred from receiving compensation unless you were 100% at fault for the accident. However, you will have your compensation reduced if you share any of the fault. For example, if you were deemed to be 10% at fault for the accident and you were awarded $10,000 in damages, your award will be reduced to $9,000 to account for the fault you shared.
Do NOT Talk to the Insurance
The worst thing you can do for your case is talk to the insurance company for the liable party. They will be looking to reduce your compensation or throw out your claim altogether. If you say something wrong, they won’t hesitate to use that against you. The best thing you can do when they come calling is to tell them all communication can go through your attorney. Do not ever give them a recorded statement. They might act like this will be helpful but we can assure you it is not going to benefit the outcome of your case. Avoid talking to them at all costs.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you are looking for a strong, dedicated, and experienced Arizona boating accident attorney, please call our office today for a free consultation. We will go over the details of your case to pin down exactly who we are bringing your claim against. Then we will start building your case to be as strong as possible so that you have the best chance at full recovery. We want to make sure that you are taken good care of by an attorney who has won these types of cases before.