While Louisiana’s waterways provide economic benefit to workers, attracts tourists to the state, and fun activities for people young and old, there remains the potential for a watercraft accident, a boat collision, serious injuries and fatalities. For those who have been affected by being injured themselves or have lost a loved one in this type of incident, having legal assistance to pursue compensation is imperative.
When people are having a fun day on the water, there are numerous things to look out for. Part of the day on the water often includes adults having alcoholic beverages. There is nothing wrong with that provided they are not operating a watercraft. Unfortunately, people might not realize they are impaired, could be under the impression that the laws when drinking and boating are dissimilar drinking and driving, or make a mistake leading to an accident. Given the number of people who are swimming, jet skiing, and taking part in other activities on the water, this is the recipe for disaster. Injuries and fatalities can happen if there is a boat accident and these can result in huge medical costs, the inability to function normally and other issues.
It is not just people who are having a fun day on the water who are vulnerable. Workers on oil rigs, fisherman, and others who make their living on the water could be subjected to an accident. That might be due to violations by their employer, an unexpected crash, or a variety of other reasons. When a worker is injured or killed, the problems can multiply from treatment for the injuries to lost wages and having to find a new way to make a living. People who have been affected can seek compensation for medical care, repayment of wages, coverage for future treatment, damages for pain and suffering and more.
Regardless of how and under what circumstances a boat accident happened, there is one common denominator for those who were affected: having legal help. The first few days after the accident are often the most important as evidence must be gathered and the steps must be taken to pursue a case. Speaking to an attorney who is experienced in admiralty & maritime law is a smart decision for the injured person and his or her family and it must be done as soon as possible.