Boats float on water. Water is wet. Wet things are slippery. Common sense dictates caution when walking on a boat due to the high probability of slippery conditions. However, slip and fall accidents can impact even the most cautious among us, often resulting in serious, sometimes permanent, injury.
Do you have an obligation to practice caution while on a boat? Of course. But you also have a right to use walkways for their intended purpose without fear of injury. When proper precautions are not taken by the owner or operator of a boat and you suffer as a result, you are entitled to seek compensation through legal action. The attorneys at Kelleher Law are here to help.
Causes of Marine Slip and Fall Accidents
Some of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents on boats include:
- Inadequately maintained decks
- Lack of non-skid surfaces or paint
- Loose lines
- Improperly stored cargo
- Poor lighting
- Lack of guardrails and barriers
- Unmaintained stairways
- Unmarked obstructions
- Inadequate housekeeping measures
Poor staff training and general negligence can also lead to slippery conditions on a boat.
No matter the cause, if you have slipped, fallen, and been injured on a boat, you may have cause to file suit and seek compensation for your damages.
Damages in a Slip and Fall Case
You may be entitled to damages for medical expenses, wages lost during recovery or due to an inability to work, and personal pain and suffering. It is important to remember that insurance companies seldom provide full compensation for these damages. Talking to an attorney remains one of the most effective ways to truly understand what your claim is worth.
Here to Help
The attorneys at Kelleher Law are committed to helping victims of serious injury get justice. Experienced, dedicated, and effective, our boating accident attorneys know what to look for in these cases to establish liability and move claims forward.
If you have been injured and you do not know if you have cause to file suit, please use the contact form on this page or call us at 239-351-2142 to schedule a free consultation today.