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Injured on a yacht? Filing a Personal Injury Case

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 in Boating Accidents, Personal Injury, Personal Injury FAQs, Premises Liability

Imagine yourself on a yacht on the bay or out in the NY/NJ Bight (coastal Atlantic), out on a New Year’s celebration party! The party tunes wild and people start enjoying the music and dancing, and then suddenly out of nowhere, a speeding boat hits your boat and the whole party turns into a nightmare.

In a yatch or boating accident, deciding whom to sue for personal injuries can be difficult if it is more than one person

In a yacht or a boating accident, deciding whom to sue for personal injuries can be difficult if it is more than one person.

When you are a passenger on a yacht that is in a terrible accident, deciding whom to sue for personal injuries can be difficult if it is more than one person. When you are someone’s guest in a New Year’s party, you could be on good terms with that person, so suing the party host cannot be an easy solution. So should you sue the owner of the yacht or the boat driver? When you in the middle of a terrible accident staring at dead bodies or severely injured people, you will probably have hard time figuring out these necessary formalities.

What to do next after an injury on a yacht?

Some of the things that you should do after an accident on a large boat, luxury liner, or yacht, are the following:

  • Contact a New York personal injury attorney and find out how much time you have to file a sea-accident related case, talk to them about your case, listen to what they have to say (the first meeting is free), and hear about your options.
  • Think and determine who you should sue if multiple parties are responsible for the accident after listening to a law firm such as RMFW Law. Do not assume anything.
  • Figure out your damages – medical expenses, lost work days, permanent injury if any, pain and suffering.

Contacting a personal injury attorney in New York

The owners of a sea transport—such as a cruise liner, large boat, or a yacht—have a duty of care to their passengers. This means, they must ensure that the conditions in the sea are safe for a journey on a particular day. If during the journey, a horrendous situation on a yacht leads to severe injuries to passengers, then the injured passengers or workers have a legal right to claim compensation unless the passenger did not follow instructions was took unnecessary risks.

Some common issues during sea journeys like food poisoning or slip-and-fall accidents due to poor maintenance can cause injuries, but nearly not the extent that a collision between two boats can cause. In case of food poisoning, some ill passengers may not even think of suing the party host unless the effects are so bad and widespread that someone decides to sue or the illness turns real serious for someone or some people.

Whatever may be your case, you need to quickly locate a personal injury attorney with substantial experience in handling personal injury cases on a boat. For example, some of these claims may be covered by Athens Convention and the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage at Sea Protocol. These regulations have rules applicable to claims which you need to discuss with an expert.

If you have been hurt on a cruise liner, boat, or ferry, do not waste time to find out exactly when you need to file the personal injury case. You need to contact a personal injury law firm in New York like the Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. We understand boat laws and we have the experts who can help bolster your case.

We will help you gather witnesses and build a case for you that is as close as airtight as possible. You need to call us though. We know how to win cases and have been doing it for some time now. 212 697 9280 – make it happen! Let us hear what you have to say.


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