Fishing is one of this country’s most cherished pastimes and is the basis for the traditional bond between father and son. But fishing is not only for those father and son moments and it is not only for those who have their own fishing boat and fishing gear. It is common in coastal cities like San Diego for people to gather their family and/or friends and charter a fishing boat for a fun and relaxing fishing trip. You don’t have to have your own boat or your own fishing equipment to enjoy the relaxation and delicious spoils of a traditional fishing trip; that is, as long as nothing goes wrong.
As popular as chartered fishing trips are, they are also dangerous. Injury accidents are unfortunately more common than people would like to believe and are often the result of negligence or recklessness on the part of the boat’s crew. If you or a loved one has suffered injury while on a chartered fishing boat in Southern California, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your losses. An experienced San Diego boating injury lawyer could advise you on the best course of legal action for your particular situation.
Accidents that Cause Fishing Injuries
There are a number of things that can go wrong on a chartered fishing boat, most of which can be attributed to negligence and thus subject to legal action. The boat may crash into another vessel or run aground due to negligent driving; the boat may break down or malfunction due to improper maintenance; poor training of personnel can lead to mishaps; poor maintenance of the boat environment can create hazardous conditions which lead to slip and falls or other falling accidents; and faulty fishing equipment can result in a number of injuries.
Liability for Fisher Injuries
When negligence either directly or indirectly causes a person to suffer injury on a chartered fishing boat, the victim may be able to hold the at-fault parties accountable by pursuing compensation for losses such as medical costs, rehabilitative care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even future medical expenses. The circumstances of the accident will determine who is at-fault for the incident and may include actual boat personnel and/or the charter company.
How Effective Legal Representation Can Help
Suffering an injury on a chartered fishing boat can not only create undue physical hardship but can also be very confusing in terms of your legal rights and options. Fisher injuries, though related to personal injury and premises liability law, cannot be handled like any type of injury. The fact that the accident occurred on water makes such a case much more complicated, which is why it is important to retain the services of an attorney with experience in such cases.
The knowledgeable San Diego boating accident lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group have the skills and resources you need to successfully pursue legal action against the at-fault charter company and/or fishing boat personnel whose negligence resulted in your injuries. For a consultation of your rights and options, call us at (888) 233-5020.
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