Milwaukee Boat Accident Lawyers
A Wisconsin boating accident can happen at any time of year and in any body of water. Anyone who operates a boat in Wisconsin, including from a Milwaukee boat slip, in the Bay of Green Bay, on Lake Michigan, on Lake Monona, on Lake Wapogasset or on any other body of water, needs to be aware of the risks. In 2008, the United States Coast Guard reported 4,789 recreational boat accidents that resulted in 709 deaths and 3,331 injuries.
The experienced Wisconsin boating accident lawyers of Pasternak & Zirgibel represent boat accident victims who have been injured due to the negligence of others and the survivors of boat accident victims who died because of the negligence of others.
A Wisconsin Boating Accident Lawyer Can Help You with your Legal Claims
Your first meeting with a Pasternak & Zirgibel Wisconsin boating accident lawyer will be a free consultation. At that meeting, your attorney will ask you questions about the circumstances of the boating accident and about your injuries or about the impact of your loved one’s death on your family. If you and your Wisconsin boat accident lawyer decide to file a lawsuit then the complaint must be filed in court within three years of the date that the injuries occurred.
If the circumstances of your case warrant it then your Wisconsin boating accident lawyer will file a complaint in state court alleging that the boat operator was negligent and therefore owes you damages. In order to be successful in a boating accident negligence or wrongful death case, the Milwaukee boating accident attorney must prove that:
- The boat driver had a duty of care to the person who was injured or killed. Boat drivers have a duty of care to the occupants of their boat and to the boat drivers and occupants of other vessels with whom they share the water.
- The boat driver breached his duty of care by failed to act like a reasonable boat driver should have acted given the circumstances. According to the United States Coast Guard, the top causes of recreational boating accidents include careless/reckless operation, operator inattention, lack of a proper lookout and, operator inexperience. Evidence of any of these problems may be used to support the plaintiff’s claim that the boat driver who caused the accident breached his duty of care.
- The boat driver’s actions caused the victim’s injuries or fatality and the injuries or fatality would not have occurred but for the boat driver’s actions.
- The plaintiff is entitled to damages because the above three elements of the case were satisfied.
After the complaint is filed, the defendant will have the opportunity to answer the allegations and then the case will move into the discovery phase. Your Milwaukee boat accident lawyer will guide you through the depositions, written interrogatories and requests for documents that often occur during this stage of a lawsuit.
At any time, your attorney may discuss settlement offers with you and provide legal counsel on the merits of a potential settlement. If the case does not settle then your attorney will represent you at trial where you may recover damages if the judge or jury finds in your favor.
Boat Accident Victims May Be Entitled to Damages
The amount of damages that may be recovered by a boat accident victim or his or her survivors depends on the actual damages sustained. Typically, plaintiffs who are successful in their lawsuit may recover compensation for past and future medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income and pain and suffering. Your Wisconsin boat accident lawyer will discuss your potential damages with you.
Contact Pasternak & Zirgibel – Experienced Wisconsin Boating Accident Lawyers
You do not get a second chance to bring a claim against a negligent boat operator. Therefore, it is important to hire experienced Wisconsin boat accident lawyers to represent you. The attorneys of Pasternak & Zirgibel specialize in representing personal injury victims. We are concerned about the needs of your family and will zealously fight to protect your rights.
Our firm of Wisconsin boating accident attorneys represents clients throughout the state of Wisconsin including in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas such as Cudahy, West Allis, West Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Washington County, Racine County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County and Ozaukee County.
We invite you to call us at (262) 785-0802 or to fill out our online contact form. We would be pleased to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation at your convenience. Our firm is committed to representing those who have been harmed by others in a Wisconsin boating accident and we will not collect a fee unless you recover damages.