Federal, state, and international maritime laws each have their own regulations regarding boating accidents. As a result, building a claim to receive compensation following an accident on a boat can be a complicated process.
At Morgan & Morgan, our boating accident attorneys have decades of experience handling these complex claims. We have helped clients who were injured in boating accidents throughout the United States recover compensation for their losses. This includes medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our Prestonsburg office understands the complexities of Kentucky boating laws, the small details that can make or break a case and get you the compensation you deserve after your injuries. If you have been injured in a boating accident in Prestonsburg, we may be able to help. To learn what our Prestonsburg boating and maritime attorneys may be able to do for you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.
Prestonsburg Recreational Boating Accidents
Recreational boating accidents can result from the negligent operation or maintenance of the vessel. Our Prestonsburg attorneys handle boating cases stemming from another’s negligence in:
- Hitting a big wave or wake at an excessive speed;
- Deciding to navigate in bad weather;
- Making contact with propellers;
- Operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Failing to carry safety equipment on board;
- Causing collisions with other boats or fixed object(s);
- Failing to know and follow the “rules of the road;”
- Overcrowding and/or overloading the vessel; and
- Failing to pay attention to surrounding watercrafts and individuals.
Work-Related Maritime Accidents
Traditionally, on-the-job injuries are covered under an employer’s workers compensation benefits; however, maritime workers are not covered by on-shore workers’ compensation regulations. To protect maritime workers, special laws, including the Jones Act, have been enacted to assist a worker’s recovery of compensation for work-related injuries.
Created specifically for maritime workers, the Jones Act creates its own version of workers’ compensation for offshore workers. It provides workers the right to recover compensation — maintenance and cure — immediately following an injury, regardless of fault. Under the Jones Act, employers are required to compensate their injured workers for medical care related to the injury and provide a daily stipend during recovery.
The Jones Act also creates the right for an injured offshore worker to pursue additional compensation through a negligence claim against their employer. Workers are entitled to a safe working environment on a seaworthy vessel. If these requirements are neglected or disregarded and an injury results, the injured party may be able to bring a lawsuit against their employer and/or the vessel’s owner. If a third party contributed to the injury, the injured party may not be able to file a claim under the Jones Act; however, victims may be able to sue a third party responsible for their injuries.
An experienced Prestonsburg maritime attorney will be able to help determine which claims you are eligible to file, against whom these claims can be filed, and the amount and type of compensation you may be owed.
What Is My Prestonsburg Maritime Claim Worth?
Each boating accident or maritime injury case is different. The type and amount of damages you may receive will depend on the nature, location, and cause of the accident; the type of boat(s) or vessel(s) involved; the severity of the injury sustained; and whether you contributed to the accident. If your case is successful, compensation may be available for medical bills and expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of intimacy, pain and suffering, and funeral costs.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an offshore boating accident in Kentucky, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To learn how our Prestonsburg boating and maritime attorneys may be able to help you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.