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Legal Help for the Injured
From powerboats to paddleboats, pontoons, and fishing boats, the Great Lakes region of Ohio accommodates a variety of watercraft. But no matter which type of watercraft you’re using and no matter which body of water you’re navigating, boats come with responsibilities and maintenance that demand attention to avoid accidents.
From skillful waterway navigation to off-board activities like water skiing or tubing, watercraft must be well-maintained and operated responsibly.
If you or a loved one has experienced a Cleveland area boating accident or sustained injuries on a boat, the Cleveland boat accident attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help. We will discuss what happened and explain how to best recover compensation for your losses.
Ohio saw 26 fatal boat accidents in 2020, with most occurring on powerboats. According to the US Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics, the six primary causes of recreational boating accidents include:
The report also notes navigation rule violations, hazardous conditions, and weather as leading factors in fatal boating accidents and fatalities. The report also totaled the average property damage from boating accidents at nearly $38 million.
Based on circumstantial data, the Coast Guard advises anyone participating in recreational boating activities to wear a life jacket, take boating safety courses, get free vessel safety checks, and avoid alcohol while operating boats.
These types of accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries and severe ramifications, such as long-term loss and death
Common injuries sustained by boat accident victims include:
Pilots, vehicle operators, passengers, and others attached to the watercraft (skiers, wakeboarders, etc.) are susceptible to boating accidents, and these injuries range from mild to severe.
Not only do boating accident injuries bring traumatic and sometimes severe physical pain, but they can also have long-lasting effects resulting in loss of work, excessive financial burden, and emotional or psychological distress in the aftermath of physical trauma.
Our Cleveland boating accident attorneys can guide you through every step of understanding the legal process, help you get treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation for boating accidents and injuries.
You may be able to recoup several losses and sustain further rehabilitation in a personal injury lawsuit. The boating accident attorneys at KNR have helped numerous Cleveland-area boating accident victims and boating injury patients gain compensation for physical, psychological, and financial damages.
While recovering compensation after a boating accident due to negligence is a lot like other vehicle accidents, things operate differently if you work in the Cleveland’s maritime industry.
For professionals involved with navigating bodies of water, maintaining ships and docks, loading and unloading cargo, and generally managing the movement of vessels and passengers, there are plenty of things that can go wrong and cause a maritime accident. These incidents, which include offshore activities are addressed under the Jones Act and other maritime laws.
Jobs such as Naval architecture, marine and ocean engineering, and shipping/transportation offer many opportunities to help harness the Earth’s oceans, rivers, and even lakes for food, energy, and transportation. The Port of Cleveland is a major thoroughfare for maritime traffic and transport, especially of steel, and many Ohio residents rely on the maritime industry for their livelihoods.
Negligence, oversight, or malfunctioning equipment and spaces can prove risky, dangerous, or even deadly in the maritime industry. All these risks carry heavy physical, financial, and even psychological loss.
Common causes of maritime accidents include:
After sustaining maritime injuries, you may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit and/or claim worker’s compensation, particularly if your injury occurred on the job or if you are seeking treatment for your injuries. You may be able to recoup several losses and sustain further rehabilitation in a lawsuit.
Maritime injuries of any degree may qualify you to make a maritime injury compensation claim, regardless of the cause. Our maritime injury attorneys have helped numerous Cleveland-area accident victims gain compensation for physical, psychological, and financial damages. Let us guide you through every step of the legal process, help you get treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation for maritime injury-related damages.
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
You shouldn’t be forced to bear the financial cost of someone’s reckless or negligent behavior. Nor should you blindly accept a lowball insurance offer. Let our Cleveland maritine and boat accident attorneys explain your rights and options.
Whether through an insurance settlement, maritime claim, or personal injury lawsuit after a boat accident, you may be able to recover the following damages and losses:
There is no standard way to calculate the value of a maritime accident. But a lawyer can help document your losses and advise whether an insurance claim or lawsuit is your best option.
The Jones Act is a federal compensation program geared toward only seamen on board ships, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act is a federal workers’ comp that covers non-qualified seamen who are still maritime employees performing maritime-related operations, including shipbuilding and repair. The Maritime Industry Fund was also created to assist Ohio employers whose private insurance carriers no longer can afford to offer coverage.
If you’re an injured maritime employee under the LHWCA, you don’t necessarily have to prove that negligence was at fault for your maritime injuries. Whether you’ve sustained an offshore injury or were in an offshore incident related to maritime operations, KNR can help you sort out your options pertaining to medical care, recoup lost wages, and navigate the complex legal and medical processes you need to regain your health.
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What Makes KNR Special?
If you or a loved one is injured while working in the maritime industry or any incident on a boat, you deserve to know your legal options. At KNR, we strive to make the process of getting what you deserve more straightforward because what you’re going through is hard enough. Getting legal help shouldn’t be:
Whether it involves a boat collision on Lake Erie because one party was reckless or a maritime work-related injury on a commercial vessel, the Cleveland boat accident lawyer at KNR can help. Let us assess your case, gather the evidence, establish liability for all your losses and fight for the maximum amount possible.