All of the activities along the Long Island Sound and the local rivers and lakes make Bridgeport a boater’s paradise. Spending time on the water, unfortunately, also comes with the risk of boating accidents, ranging from relatively minor to extremely serious or even deadly ones.
If you’re struggling with the consequences of a boating accident, you don’t have to do it alone. The support and guidance of a Bridgeport boat accident lawyer at The Flood Law Firm can explain your best legal options for securing compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Boating-related injuries can happen for several reasons, but negligence often plays a significant part. For victims and their families, the fallout from these incidents can be physically and financially devastating. If you or a loved one has been in a boating accident, know that help is available.
At The Flood Law Firm, we have the resources and skills to protect your rights during every step of the claims process, including:
Don’t delay. You must meet crucial deadlines when pursuing compensation after sustaining injuries from a boat-related accident. Reach out for a free case evaluation today, and let us help you turn the tide in your favor.
Connecticut has strict regulations to promote safe boating practices, such as mandating all operators earn a certificate, enforcing standards for boat equipment, and requiring life jackets for each passenger.
Specific rules apply to navigating waterways, such as speed limits, right-of-way, and not operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any violation of these laws that causes an accident can lead to criminal penalties and civil liability, especially those that result in severe injuries or loss of life.
Serious boating accidents, unfortunately, are still a reality in Bridgeport (often because of inexperienced or negligent operators).
While boating is an enjoyable pastime, safely operating a boat requires a solid understanding of navigation rules, safety procedures, and specific techniques to use in an emergency.
Some of the critical errors that can result in dangerous accidents include:
Boating accidents vary, but the injuries they cause can be severe or even life altering. Many victims face long-term impacts on their quality of life and financial stability.
Along with drowning or near-drowning, some common examples are:
Liability in a boating accident isn’t always straightforward and often requires a nuanced analysis, especially when multiple parties might be at fault.
Depending on the specific circumstances of your accident, you may pursue compensation against the following parties:
Working with an experienced boating accident attorney from The Flood Law Firm can significantly streamline the process of identifying who should be accountable and establishing fault.
Connecticut law allows boating accident victims to seek compensation, or damages, for all the difficulties they’ve suffered due to someone else’s negligence.
The goal is to restore victims to the financial position they would have been in if the accident hadn’t happened. It also considers the intangible, non-economic effects. Some of the damages you could pursue include:
The costs associated with medical care after a boating accident can be staggering and even long term, which makes medical expenses one of the most significant damages for potential reimbursement.
Boating accidents will often reduce the victim’s ability to earn a living in the short or long term. Lost income damages extend beyond the immediate costs of taking time off from work immediately after the accident. It also includes any potential future income you might lose due to injuries that significantly reduce your ability to work.
Compensation for a reduced earning capacity should reflect the difference between your earning capability before and after the accident. If necessary, The Flood Law Firm will conduct an in-depth vocational analysis to accurately determine this figure.
In addition to economic losses, a boating accident can cause significant non-economic harm or pain and suffering. Their subjective nature makes it difficult to calculate these damages. An experienced attorney, however, can use various methods to quantify these losses.
Some examples of non-economic damages include:
Recovering fair compensation, by providing an accurate assessment and demonstration of how an accident has diminished your life and negotiating with insurance companies, requires skilled representation.
A boating accident can cause severe physical and emotional challenges and major financial hardships. Choosing the right legal representation can greatly improve your chances of getting the compensation you need.
Our team at The Flood Law Firm offers an in-depth understanding of and experience with pursuing compensation after a boating accident. We’re proud of our record of success in securing favorable settlements and verdicts for our boating accident clients while offering empathetic, personalized support. Some of the ways we make a difference for boating accident victims in Bridgeport include:
The stress and uncertainty of trying to navigate the legal system and all the steps involved with seeking compensation are often overwhelming. Our team provides you with peace of mind by showing that we’re protecting your best interests while tackling these tasks for you. We prepare and file all necessary legal documents in adherence to Connecticut’s statute of limitations and other critical deadlines.
We’ll build a comprehensive picture of the accident by gathering all available evidence, including the boat’s maintenance records, CCTV footage, safety violation records, and eyewitness testimonies. Working with accident reconstruction experts and other professionals can provide crucial insights to help us understand what happened and support your case.
One of the most challenging aspects of pursuing compensation is negotiating with insurance companies, which want to minimize payouts regardless of the seriousness of the victim’s damages.
Our Bridgeport boat accident lawyers can help by proving the at-fault party’s liability and providing documentation of your economic and non-economic damages. If they cannot reach a fair settlement, we’re also prepared to present your case before a judge or jury and advocate tirelessly on your behalf.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We’ll evaluate your case and explain our approach. Remember that we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay any legal fees unless we win, so call us now for your free claim evaluation at (475) 273-4100.
1087 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604