Laws And Repercussions For Boating Accidents & Maritime Claims In Louisiana

Riding in a boat or going out on a fishing trip should provide nothing but relaxation. However, when a design defect leads to a collision or when someone on the water is acting negligently, you may suffer critical life-altering injuries. In the worst-case scenario, someone may even suffer fatal injuries on a boat. The combination of drinking alcohol and boating is often the cause of collisions on recreational vessels.

If you or a loved one has been in a serious boating or maritime accident, consult with a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible. The law in Louisiana recognizes that victims should not have to pay the consequences due to someone else’s reckless behavior. At Joubert Law Firm, APLC, our experienced boating accident lawyers can help evaluate your case’s legal aspects and inform you about your next steps going forward. 

Maritime Claims: Filing A Legal Claim For Your Injuries 

Maritime claims pursue compensation for persons who are injured on the water — not just in an area lake or on the coast in recreational boating or fishing, but also including those who work on rigs or fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico or on the high seas. 

Boating and maritime accidents can turn your life upside down. You may never be able to return to work, or you may have to return to work on a limited basis following the accident. This significantly impacts your earning capabilities and can add additional stress and frustration when you are already coping with the challenges recovering from your injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Loss of limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Loss of hearing or sight
  • Paralysis

If a victim is rendered unconscious as a result of being thrown off the boat or hitting their head on something, the drowning risks also increase significantly.

Filing a claim for your injuries begins with speaking to a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options. Recovering compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and past and future wages associated with the injury from all negligent parties depends on providing evidence that someone else was not paying attention or not exercising appropriate care. If their reckless or negligent actions led to your injuries, the law holds them responsible for compensating you.

Boating accident cases and maritime claims frequently involve multiple responsible parties. Your lawyer’s primary concern should be to investigate the cause of the collision and determine the identity of all liable parties. Our attorneys will investigate the impacts of the accident on your life and aggressively seek the maximum compensation. 

Getting The Support You Need

A boating accident may forever change your life. If someone else wasn’t paying attention, was drinking and boating, or was otherwise engaged in reckless behavior that put you and others at risk, you need to protect yourself by consulting with a lawyer as soon as possible. You have a narrow window of time in which you may be able to file a personal injury or maritime claim, so it is vital to engage a lawyer sooner rather than later. We can help you. Call Joubert Law Firm, APLC, at 225-424-5399 or email us to begin

Recent Case Results

A recent maritime collision involved the wrongful death of a recreational jet-skier on a local lake. The decedent’s parents brought a wrongful death action against another recreational boater and used expert testimony to prove that the recreational boater was negligent in failing to see the client, striking the jet-skier and killing him instantly. The parties reached a settlement at mediation, immediately before trial, for six figures. Read more on our Case Results page.