Despite being landlocked, Colorado is home to a large number of boating enthusiasts. Whether zipping across a reservoir with family and a pair of water skis or floating lazily along with a fishing pole and time to kill, Coloradans love being on the open water. However, the unsafe operation of a boat or jet ski can transform a fun or relaxing day into a tragic experience for you and your family.
If you have been harmed by some form of watercraft, the experienced boating accident attorneys at Leventhal Sar Law can help you pursue compensation for your injuries and unexpected financial burdens. Call us today at 720.667.3030 or contact us online to discuss the merits of your case for free. Our Denver office welcomes clients from Cherry Creek, Aurora and throughout Colorado.
Types of Boating Accidents
Reckless boat and jet ski operators can severely injure innocent people who may be fishing, canoeing, water skiing or swimming. Our boating accident lawyers have the knowledge, experience and passion you need when determining who is at fault for your injuries and evaluating the maximum compensation you deserve.
The lawyers of Leventhal Sar Law help clients who were injured in boating accidents caused by:
- Unsafe marinas or docks
- Defective life jackets
- Defects in a boat’s design or performance
- Boating under the influence (BUI)
- Unlicensed or inexperienced boaters
- Excess speed
Tragically, many boating accident cases can be fatal for swimmers who were struck by a reckless boat operator. In these difficult situations, you can trust the Denver boating accident lawyers of Leventhal Sar Law to provide you and your family with compassionate assistance while aggressively working to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Damages in a Boating Accident Case
We always hope that the thousands of Colorado boat and jet ski owners take the necessary precautions to ensure our common safety. Unfortunately, many boat owners and operators aren’t aware of their responsibilities or fail to adhere to appropriate regulations and laws. These negligent oversights can have several devastating consequences, including wrongful death by drowning or life-ending injuries.
You may be eligible to recover compensation for other damages, including:
- Destruction of personal property
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Lifestyle accommodations for mental or physical disability
- Medical care costs
In some cases, families may be able to recover punitive damages if the person who caused the injuries or death committed gross negligence or performed a willful bad act. Punitive damages “make an example” of a defendant by punishing them with additional compensation for the victim’s family.
How long after a boating accident can you sue?
In the state of Colorado, you have up to two years to file a lawsuit following injury in a boating accident. However, waiting to take action is not a good idea.
Establishing liability can become increasingly difficult when a significant amount of time has passed. This can impact everything from your settlement to your ability to file at all. It is best to take action as soon as possible to help avoid unnecessary complications.
What is the maximum settlement for a boating accident?
By and large, there is no upper threshold for economic damages in personal injury claims in Colorado. These include medical expenses, lost wages, and other objectively verifiable damages. However, Colorado Statues section 13-21-102.5 caps non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
The best way to determine what your claim is worth is through a one-on-one consultation with an experienced boating accident lawyer.
How is a boating accident settlement paid out?
In most boating accident claims, the insurance company of the liable party will be responsible for making payment. This may be done as a structured settlement, where you are paid over a period of time or as a lump sum payment, made all at once following a settlement or verdict.
Your lawyer can help you determine which scenario makes the most sense for your needs.
How much does the lawyer get in a boating accident settlement?
A majority of boating accident attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that you will pay your lawyer a portion of your final settlement or verdict. This amount should be agreed to prior to hiring an attorney. It does not include court fees, which you will be responsible for regardless of the outcome of your claim.
Unlike several personal injury firms, Leventhal Sar Law does not charge interest on contingency fees. With us, there are no hidden fees, no buried costs, and no surprises.
How long does it take to get money from a boating accident settlement?
It typically takes around six weeks to get compensation following a boating accident settlement. Depending on the specifics of your case, your compensation may come sooner or take a bit longer.
Legal Representation for Your Boating Accident Injuries
Our Denver boating accident lawyers are committed to helping injured victims rebuild their lives. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys understand how to develop your most compelling case and deal with insurance companies and other responsible parties.
During your free initial consultation, which can be conducted at your hospital room if necessary, you will meet directly with our boating accident lawyers, not an assistant or paralegal. We will listen carefully and talk to you honestly about the strength of your case. We will answer your questions and empower you to make the important decisions about your legal case and your future.
We take all injury cases on a contingency basis. We don’t get paid until you do.
If you or someone you love has suffered due to the negligence of a boat or other watercraft operator, contact our Denver boating accident attorneys today by calling 720.667.3030 or completing the form on this page. We protect the right of victims from Cherry Creek, Aurora and throughout the greater Denver area.