When the weather is nice, many people in Kentucky decide to hit the water and partake in various activities, including boating and jet skiing. As fun as these pastimes may be, accidents can occur when least expected. When injured on the water, you may need to seek help from an attorney.
Maritime lawsuits should be handled by an experienced attorney who has extensive knowledge of these cases and access to the resources needed to successfully handle a client’s claim. At Morgan & Morgan, our maritime attorneys are well-informed in maritime laws and have established themselves as accomplished negotiators.
Our Paducah law firm has successfully handled these types of cases and recovered considerable awards on behalf of clients who were injured in boating and offshore accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating or maritime accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn about your available legal options, please complete our free case evaluation form today.
Recreational Boating Accidents
Negligence in boating can occur on a simple boating trip out on the lake, as well as on passenger ships. Morgan & Morgan attorneys have an excellent understanding of Kentucky’s specific laws and statutes of careless operations of a boat and can help determine whether you can file a lawsuit, who you can file it against, and who has jurisdiction.
There are a wide variety of forms that can cause a boating accident, and an investigation and subsequent lawsuit could potentially prove someone acted negligently, causing your injury. These accidents and negligent acts include:
- Navigating in bad/inclement weather;
- Hitting a bad wave or wake at excessive speed;
- Failure to carry proper safety equipment on board the ship;
- Overcrowding and/or overloading;
- Failure to pay attention to surrounding boats;
- Failure to follow the “rules of the road” as per Kentucky law;
- Collisions with boats or fixed objects; or
- Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In addition, there are some cases where faulty equipment caused an accident, and you may be able to file a third-party lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Jones Act & Workers’ Compensation
There are projections for maritime industry workers in the event of boating accident that those workers need to know, should they be the victim of an accident.
The Jones Act is meant to protect sailors and seamen on ships that have been deemed “unseaworthy.” For a vessel to be seaworthy, it must be, among other things, reasonably fit for use and equipped with appropriate, working safety gear. Sailors and seamen working aboard a ship are entitled to immediate medical treatment should an injury occur, and if that ship was in poor working conditions or didn’t have proper safety equipment, you may be able to file a claim under the Jones Act to allege that the ship was not seaworthy.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) helps protect longshoremen and other maritime workers in the event of an injury. Medical care, disability compensation, and death benefits may be awarded to the worker and their family if they were injured doing any number of longshore jobs (loading and unloading, building and repairing, etc.)
Claims regarding maritime injury, however, can be complex and frustrating at times. Having an attorney go through the steps of filing and, if need be, appealing your claim can go a long way. Morgan & Morgan attorney have thorough understandings of these acts and how to navigate through the claims process.
Jet Ski Accidents
In addition to boating and maritime injuries, our Paducah attorneys are also well-equipped to take on jet ski injuries. Jet ski injuries have the potential to be far more severe, due to the exposed nature of the rider. Some forms of negligently operating a jet ski include:
- Operating with inexperience;
- Operating at too high a speed;
- Operating through inclement weather;
- Operating with restricted vision; or
- Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In many other cases, jet ski injury lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of the jet ski, as a defective product was responsible for the accident and subsequent injury.
Contact Our Paducah Attorneys Today
You could be owed compensation for your boating injury, whether you are a sailor, dock worker, or recreational boater in Paducah. Don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible to learn more about your case. Fill out our free case evaluation form today.