The U.S. Coast Guard recorded 25 accidents and six fatalities in their 2020 recreational boating stats in Mississippi. If you suffered injuries in a boating collision or another type of incident caused by a careless boater, the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help.
It may be possible to build a case against the boater and recover compensation via an insurance claim or lawsuit. Our boating accident attorneys in Pascagoula can review what happened and explain your options for taking action for free today.
Compensation May Be Available for Your Pascagoula Boating Accident Losses
When an attorney from our law firm represents a victim of a boat accident in Pascagoula, we follow a specific process to seek the financial recovery they need based on the harm they suffered. We generally attempt to reach an out-of-court settlement before going to trial.
The ways we may be able to recover compensation in this type of injury case include:
- Negotiating a fair and appropriate settlement based on the at-fault boater’s insurance
- Filing the correct paperwork and navigating the process to take the case to trial, then presenting strong evidence for a court award
The goal of either of these methods is to secure a just payout for our client based on the damages they experienced due to the accident. This includes:
- Medical charges to date for injury treatment
- Future treatment for injuries or ongoing care and support costs
- Lost income, including reduced ability to earn in the future
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket costs already paid, with receipts
- Pain and suffering losses
Wrongful Death Damages
Our personal injury lawyers also pursue wrongful death damages for qualifying clients based on Miss. Code Ann. § 11-7-13. These damages are available to surviving family members of those who died from their boat accident injuries.
A staff member can discuss this type of claim with you during your free consultation. In general, family members who qualify to file this type of case include:
- The victim’s spouse
- Surviving children
- The victim’s parents, if the victim does not have a spouse and/or children
For a free legal consultation with a Boating Accident lawyer serving Pascagoula, call (228) 207-5266
Determining Liability in Pascagoula Boating Accidents
There are specific rules boaters must follow to prevent collisions, accidents, and injuries to themselves, passengers, and others sharing the waterways. When they fail to follow these rules because of carelessness or reckless actions, someone may get hurt. If this happens, it is negligence.
All boating accident cases require the victim to prove negligence to recover compensation. The Pascagoula boating accident attorneys from the Morris Bart law office know how to:
- Uncover evidence
- Gather support for their clients’ claims
- Prove negligence and liability
Our team can represent victims of many types of boating accidents, including:
- Motorboat collisions
- Canoe or kayak accidents
- Boat versus swimmer injuries
- Drunk or intoxicated boater accidents
The range of injuries our clients suffer is wide. We have helped families with wrongful death claims, cases based on catastrophic injuries, and collisions that resulted in fractures and lost wages.
We may be able to help you if you were hurt in a boat accident that occurred on:
- Pascagoula River
- Marsh Lake
- Chateau Lake
- Inner Harbor
- The Point (Point Park)
- Pascagoula Bay
- Gulf of Mexico
- Other bodies of water in southeast Mississippi
You Can Count on Our Team to Help You Understand Your Legal Options
When our firm’s boating accident lawyers in Pascagoula review an injury case, we work to determine:
- A preliminary cause of the injuries
- If they have a viable legal case
- Who may be liable
- The strength of the evidence against the liable party
- How long the potential client has to take action
During your free consultation, you can learn about your case and the applicable laws, as well as how our team may be able to help you. There is no obligation to sign a contract with us or pursue legal action if you do not want to. However, we can help you make up your mind.
How do I Know Morris Bart, LTD Can Handle My Case?
The Morris Bart law firm has helped accident victims seek justice and compensation for more than 40 years. We have 15 offices and serve four states in the Gulf South, including Mississippi. We are a contingency-fee firm.
Our reviews from former clients speak for themselves. We frequently receive reviews using descriptors such as:
- Thorough and informative
- Dedicated and determined
- Knowledgeable and professional
We secured compensation through settlements and court awards for 6,500 clients in 2019.
How Long do I Have to Decide if I Need to File a Lawsuit?
Under Miss. Code Ann. 15-1-49, victims who suffered injuries caused by another person’s negligence usually have three years to file suit against them. The statute of limitations is the same for wrongful death lawsuits.
This does not mean you will have three years to get started on your case. There are exceptions to this rule that could extend or reduce your time, as well as several steps you will need to navigate before you are ready to file the paperwork to begin a lawsuit.
We encourage you to speak with a representative from our Pascagoula law office as soon as possible to ensure you are aware of the deadlines and timeline for your case.
Talk to a Staff Member at Our Pascagoula Office about Your Legal Options Today
The Morris Bart law firm provides complimentary consultations and case assessments to victims of boating accidents in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region. This includes areas in and around Pascagoula, MS.
Call us by phone or fill out our online contact form now to speak with a Pascagoula boating accident attorney about your crash, injuries, and options for pursuing compensation.
Questions?Call (228) 207-5266
to find a Morris Bart office near you.