What to Do When You’ve Been Injured in a Wisconsin Boating Accident
From Lake Superior to Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, our natural waterways are fitting symbols for one of Wisconsin’s favorite state pastimes – boating.
At GCW our boating accident attorneys have decades of experience handling these complex claims. We have helped clients who were in injured in boating accidents throughout Wisconsin recover compensation for their losses. This includes medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We understand the ins and outs of your local boating laws, the small details that can make or break a case and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Our Wisconsin boat accident lawyers represent clients throughout all of Wisconsin who have suffered personal injuries or lost loved ones in boating accidents and collisions. Many factors can contribute to a boating accident either on a privately owned vessel, a personal watercraft (jet ski) or even a ferry. Some of these factors include:
- Driver error
- Driver inexperience
- Driving while intoxicated
- Equipment failure
- Adverse weather and/or water conditions
Additionally, unlike a car accident, an accident on the water is coupled with the added risk of drowning. As a general rule of law a boat operator and its owner must exercise the highest degree of care to prevent injuries to those passengers in the boat or swimmers or others in the waters or boats around them. When an operator or owner fails to do so and someone suffers serious personal injuries, they may be able to file a lawsuit to hold wrongdoers accountable.
Contact one of our three Wisconsin-based law offices for a free consultation.
- Madison: 608-833-2632 or toll-free at 888-357-7661
- Milwaukee: 414-778-0700 or toll free at 888-357-7661
- Eau Claire: 715-839-9500 or toll free at 888-357-7661
Boat Accident FAQ
I was involved in a boat accident, what should I do?
2) Open a claim with your insurance carrier and the other driver’s insurance carrier. If the other driver’s insurance company calls, you are not obligated to give them a statement, so don't. If you have been injured, first seek the representation of an lawyer before providing a statement to the other person’s insurance company.
3) Finally, call Gingras, Cates & Wachs for a free, no risk case consultation.
Will the boat driver who caused my injury be punished?
When is a boat driver negligent for causing an accident?
If a person dies from injuries involving a boat accident, can the family bring a lawsuit?
Do I still have a claim if my health insurance paid my medical bills?
Do I have the right to bring a lawsuit after a Wisconsin boat accident?
- You are the parent or legal guardian of a child. If you have legal custody of a child under age 18, then you may be able to pursue a lawsuit on behalf of your child to get your child fair and just compensation for his or her injuries.
- Your loved one died in the accident. If your spouse is tragically killed in an accident, then you have the right to bring a claim for the loss of your spouse. In addition, unless a will or other legal document dictates otherwise, you can also bring a claim on behalf of your deceased spouse’s estate for funeral and burial expenses as well as for any conscious pain and suffering that they endured. Juggling everything after someone has been killed can be overwhelming and the lawyers at GCW can help get you through the tough times.