How Attorneys Help Victims of Boat Accidents
Many victims of boat accidents are unsure of whether they need to hire a personal injury attorney or of how a lawyer can help them. If you are a boat accident victim, there are several reasons to hire an attorney:
- An experienced boat accident lawyer (also known as a maritime law or admiralty law attorney) will be familiar with state personal injury laws, as well as federal maritime law and admiralty law
- He or she should be able to estimate the long-term cost of your injuries, which is necessary to get a fair and accurate settlement
- Your lawyer will have relationships with experts who can assist with accident-scene re-creations and analysis of the accident-related evidence, if necessary
- The attorney can negotiate with the party at fault or his or her insurance company in an effort to reach a financial settlement that compensates you for your injuries
- Boat accident attorneys will also be familiar with products liability law in the event the boat manufacturer bears some responsibility for the accident
- He or she will also be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case and explain the advantages and disadvantages of settling your case or going to court
- Your boating accident lawyer can represent you in court if you're unable to reach an out-of-court settlement
- A good boating accident attorney can take some of the pressure and stress off you and act as an intermediary when dealing with the party responsible for the accident, as well as his or her attorney and insurance company
When Should You Hire a Boat Accidents Lawyer?
After a boating accident, it's natural to feel overwhelmed by what's happened to you. You have probably suffered physical and emotional injuries, and you may also be dealing with the financial impact of your accident. However, you shouldn't hesitate to speak to an experienced boating accident lawyer, even if you still are unsure of whether to hire one. A boat accidents attorney can assess your case and let you know whether legal representation is recommended.
If the person responsible for the accident-or his or her insurance company-contacts you before you've had a chance to speak to a lawyer, do not provide any information other than your name and contact information.
The insurance company may give you the impression that it's urgent to talk to them and give them a description of your injuries. You shouldn't feel pressured, and you should recognize that the insurance company will try to use any information you provide to negotiate a lower settlement. Be polite, but firm, until you have the opportunity to speak to a boat accidents attorney.