My arm was amputated after a boating accident. Can I sue the boat’s operator?

25 Apr 2017

I’m sorry to hear about your amputated arm. In order to sue the boat’s operator, you must be able to prove that the injuries were caused by the boat operator’s negligence. By law, a boat’s driver must use reasonable care in driving a boat with passengers onboard. If the operator drives recklessly, uses alcohol while driving, or fails to take necessary precautions, and a person on the boat is harmed, that person can make a legal claim against the operator.

If more than one boat is involved, it is possible that both boat operators could be held legally responsible. If the accident is caused because of a collision between two boats, both operators may be partially responsible. In some cases, an accident may be caused by a boat making contact with a large wave or wake that rocks the vessel. The boat operator may be responsible, or if the wake occurred in a “no wake” zone, the other boat driver could be held liable. There are a number of other potential causes of boat accidents, including colliding with objects or land, or failing to provide property safety equipment.

Regardless of the causes of your boating accident, you have probably incurred significant medical expenses, pain and suffering, and mental and emotional trauma as a result of the accident. You may be unable to work, and could face huge expenses in obtaining a prosthesis.

If you have suffered an amputation because of a boating accident, call me, Conal Doyle, Amputation Lawyer Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567. I am not only a personal injury attorney, I am also an amputee. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.