Sunny days spent boating are among the treasured memories of many Canadians. We look back on special times on the water spent with family and friends, canoeing, sailing, driving or riding in a powerboat. For those who are present when someone is injured in a boating accident the experience is traumatic. When the injured person is yourself or a family member, this trauma marks the beginning of a long, challenging recovery period. When serious injuries are caused by the careless actions of another person, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Types of Injuries
Boating injuries often involve trauma when the person falls or is thrown out of the boat after a collision. The result can be head injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and far too often, death. Drowning is a major cause of death in boating accidents due to a number of reasons listed below. In more than 75% of drowning accidents, the victim was not wearing a properly fitting life jacket.
How are these accidents caused?
- Improper loading of the boat
- Driver inexperience
- Driving the boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Stormy weather
- Falling out of the boat due to excessive speed or sudden stops
- Standing up in the boat
- Inattention by either driver or passenger
- Boat overturns
Out of 4515 boating accidents during the year 2012, there were 651 fatalities and 3000 injuries reported.
Serious injuries reported include:
- Spinal Cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
Serious injuries such as the ones listed above require ongoing medical care, rehabilitation and specialized treatment. Injured persons, unable to work still require income to pay regular bills added to the huge costs of medical treatment and support not covered by OHIP.
It gets more challenging
This situation is made even more difficult in situations where insurance companies deny claims and fail to make payout for damages. These funds are crucial to quality of life for the victim and his family now and in the future.
Furlong Ford Boating Accident Lawyers are experienced in dealing with insurance companies who dispute or deny claims. We help cover daily living and essential costs. We represent your best interests without charge until your case has been won.
Be aware that time limits apply
If you wish to start legal proceedings, we recommend that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible in order to be made aware of your rights to damages.