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Boating is a wonderful way to spend time; however, when a boating accident occurs, the result can be tragic and result in severe injuries and death. Survivors may be left dealing with major pain and suffering and mounting medical and household bills at a time they may be unable to work.
While some boating accidents are due to weather conditions and may be unavoidable, too often someone’s negligent or reckless behavior caused the accident. If you or a family member was injured or someone died in a boating accident due to someone else’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you received through insurance or a lawsuit.
However, Alabama personal injury laws are complicated. Insurance companies try to deny claims, pay out as little as possible, or even blame the accident on you, so it is not easy to fight for compensation alone.
At this challenging time, the Birmingham, Alabama, boating accident lawyers at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana can help you get fair compensation for your injuries. We know how to deal with insurance companies and their lawyers to achieve an optimum settlement, and we are fully prepared to advocate for you in court if negotiations break down.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and determine the best way forward. We work on a contingency basis, so you pay nothing unless we win. Call us today for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.
There are many lawyers, and it is important to find one you feel comfortable with who also has the experience and resources necessary to aggressively negotiate and litigate complicated personal injury claims. Here are some reasons why we feel Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana is your best choice:
Federal and state laws may apply to your case depending on where the crash occurred, so your attorney must be familiar with maritime and admiralty laws to handle your case. Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana has this knowledge, and when you retain us, we start working for you immediately.
Our Birmingham boating accident injury attorneys are fully committed to our clients and getting the best settlement possible. `
To win your case, our Birmingham boating accident attorneys must prove that the defendant in the case was negligent, at fault, and therefore liable for the accident. Through investigations, evidence, and expert testimony, we must show the existence of the following legal elements:
Section 220-6-.06 of the Alabama Laws and Regulations states that a boating accident report should be submitted within 10 days from the date of the accident to the Marine Patrol Office and the Coast Guard Reporting System. This report often has valuable information as to how the crash happened. Common causes for boating accidents that may be negligence include:
In many of these situations, boating accidents were caused by preventable boat operator errors, and these operators could be held liable. In cases where there was failure of boat machinery, the manufacturer of the boat or its parts or a mechanic who failed to repair the boat properly may be held liable.
Our boating accident attorneys would look to identify all potentially liable parties, as they all may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement.
In a successful case, our Birmingham boating accident attorneys may win compensation that covers all your losses, which are called “damages.” Your damage award should include both your “economic” or monetary damages and your “non-economic” damages that do not have a specific dollar value, but negatively impact your life.
There is a wide range of settlement amounts that may be awarded for a boating accident injury, from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the circumstances of the case. Consideration is given to factors such as the seriousness and permanence of injuries, whether a wrongful death occurred, and the degree of negligence involved. In some rare cases where there was gross negligence, punitive damages may also be awarded to deter similar behavior in the future.
When you consult with our attorneys, we will examine your costs and the ways in which your injuries have affected your life to determine approximately what fair compensation would be. We will negotiate aggressively with insurers for a reasonable settlement but are fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.
The boating accident injury attorneys at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana have the experience and resources needed to handle even the most complex boating accident cases. We work diligently to recover optimum compensation to help you move forward with your life.
While most injury cases settle out of court, we are experienced and skilled trial lawyers who are always ready to go to trial to fight for the recovery that you need and deserve. You will pay us nothing unless we win a monetary settlement for you.
Do not delay as there are time limits for filing. Alabama has a statute of limitations (Alabama Code Section 6-2-38), so you generally have just two years from the date of the accident to file a claim or the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case.
Call our Birmingham boating accident injury lawyers today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to learn about your legal options.
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