If you were hurt in a boating accident in Shreveport, you may be able to build a case for compensation against the boat owner or operator responsible for your injuries. The Shreveport boating accident attorneys at the Morris Bart law firm can help you.
We provide free case consultations for boating accident victims. Let us assess your rights and legal options based on the facts of your case. We can determine your next steps toward pursuing compensation and seeking justice in your boating collision claim.
Recoverable Compensation Depends on Your Injuries, Expenses, and Losses
The compensation that our attorneys may be able to recover for you depends significantly on your injuries, expenses, and other damages.
During our investigation into your boating accident, we’ll gather evidence to document the harm you suffered. This evidence supports the insurance claim or lawsuit we use to seek financial recovery on your behalf.
Some examples of recoverable damages after a boating accident include:
- Past and future medical care
- Past lost wages
- Future diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Additional related expenses
Wrongful Death Damages May Also Be Available
If your spouse, parent, or child died due to injuries sustained in a Shreveport boating accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death action under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2. This type of lawsuit allows you to seek damages based on your own experiences.
For example, you may seek a payout that includes compensation for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Reduced household income
- Loss of services
- Intangible damages
It may also be possible to recover the damages normally available to a surviving victim even if your loved one died. This route is via a special type of action known as a survival claim. Our team can answer your questions about these methods and offer advice based on the facts of your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Boating Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call (318) 553-5470
Identifying the Liable Party in a Shreveport Boat Accident Case
The liable party in a boat accident is generally the operator of the boat in question. However, there are some circumstances when the boat owner, a rental company, or another party may be responsible or vicariously liable.
When a potential client approaches our team to review their boating accident case, we can often make a preliminary identification of who is liable on their behalf. We can also discuss any accident facts that could make this more complex, such as if the boat operator was working when the incident occurred.
Our Shreveport boating accident attorneys can help boat accident victims in a wide variety of circumstances and many types of watercraft, including:
- Canoes and kayaks
- Deep sea fishing charter boats
- Guided tours of the Red River
- Fishing boat collisions
- Falling overboard of a recreational watercraft
- Incidents on bayous and reservoirs
- Rental boats on Cross Lake
If you suffered injuries and financial harm due to a careless or reckless boat operator, you may be able to hold them responsible for their negligence.
How Long do I Have to Decide if I Need to Sue the Boat Owner or Operator?
The statutes of limitations come quickly in Louisiana. Generally, accident victims only have one year to begin the process of taking a case to trial. In most cases, they must name the negligent party in the official paperwork to start a lawsuit by the first anniversary of the accident. These deadlines are set by:
- Civ. Code Art. 3492 in personal injury cases
- Civ. Code Art. 2315.2 in wrongful death cases
However, these deadlines come with a caveat. There are exceptions to these statutes of limitations. If an exception applies to your case, you could have longer to decide if you need to sue the boat owner. Some exceptions reduce how long you have to act, though.
An Attorney from Morris Bart, LLC May Be Able to Help With Your Shreveport Case
At the Morris Bart law office, our team of Shreveport boating accident lawyers wants to ensure your case gets the attention it deserves. We take steps that include:
- Investigating the injury incident
- Calling in experts as needed
- Developing a strong claim
- Negotiating for an appropriate payout with the insurer
- Preparing the case for trial, as necessary
- Protecting their rights
- Managing all aspects of your legal case
- Representing your best interests
Our firm has 15 locations. In addition, for more than 40 years, our team has fought for the rights of injured victims throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you develop a strong case and hold the at-fault party legally responsible.
In 2019, we won compensation in 6,500 cases for our clients. In our online testimonials and reviews, you quickly see how our former clients feel about our attorneys, support staff, and services.
You can learn more about our law firm’s personal injury attorneys and how we help boating accident victims. Our initial case evaluations are always free for victims of Shreveport boat collisions and other injury accidents.
Discuss Your Shreveport Boating Accident With Our Team Today for Free
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have someone standing by to speak with you about your boating accident, injuries, and losses today for free. During your case assessment, we can determine the strength of your claim, the potentially liable party, the deadlines that may apply, and more.
You can reach the Morris Bart law office in Shreveport, LA, by calling by phone or filling out our online contact form. Get in touch with a boating accident lawyer in Shreveport today.
Questions?Call (318) 553-5470
to find a Morris Bart office near you.