When the weather is nice in Savannah, boating can be a very joyous and relaxing occasion. Navigating the Savannah River can be quite scenic, as it winds past swampy floodplains, before merging with the Atlantic Ocean. As fun as this may be, accidents on the water can occur when least expected. Accidents and injuries are a constant danger, especially if someone else is needlessly careless and negligent out on the water.
Morgan & Morgan’s boating and maritime attorneys have decades of experience handling cases and securing compensation for their injured clients.
Whether it’s a recreational boating accident or an on-the-job injury on ships and docks, our attorneys in Savannah have a deep understanding of the specifics of local Georgia boating laws, and we use our vast resources to give our clients the edge they need in a personal injury case.
Although prior results cannot guarantee future outcome, we have gotten our clients nationwide millions of dollars in compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime or boating accident in Savannah, you may be entitled to compensation.
To learn more on how a Savannah boating and maritime accident attorney may be able to help you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.
Recreational Boating Accidents
Negligence in boating can occur on a simple boating trip out on the river, as well as on passenger ships such as cruise ships. Morgan & Morgan attorneys have an excellent understanding of Georgia’s specific laws and statutes of reckless operations of a boat that 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 negligent behavior that can cause a boating accident, and an investigation and subsequent lawsuit could potentially prove that 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;”
- 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 protections for maritime industry workers in the event of boating accidents 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 attorneys have thorough understandings of these acts and how to navigate through the claims processes.
Jet Ski Accidents
In addition to boating and maritime injuries, our Savannah 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 Morgan & Morgan Attorneys Today
You could be owed compensation for your boating injury in Savannah, whether you are a sailor, dock worker, or recreational boater. Don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible to learn more about your case. Fill out our free case evaluation form today.