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Who Can You Hold Responsible for Your Charter Boat Injury?


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5/20/2015
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When your friends asked you to come along on a charter boat trip, you were excited. After all, you’ve never been before and you love spending time on the Gulf. As the boat left the port, you had a feeling you wouldn’t forget this expedition for a long time. Unfortunately, you were right, but for different reasons.

As the water got choppier, the ride became increasingly rough. So much so that you and your friends were tossed about, and you actually hit your head on a piece of furniture on the boat. Because you were nauseous and dizzy after the incident, you asked the captain to turn around so you could go to the hospital. A trip to St. Luke’s revealed a concussion, and you’ll have to miss time away from work to fully recover.

Who is Responsible for Your Injuries?

As the victim of an accident, you don’t feel you should be held responsible for the medical bills related to the injury. You may be able to hold one of the following parties responsible for the negligence:

  • Owner vessel. The person who owns the boat is typically required to handle the maintenance and to ensure all systems are working properly. If the accident occurred because of a problem with maintenance of the vessel, you may be able to make a claim against the owner.
  • The captain and crew. The captain and crew working on the chartered boat have a legal responsibility to operate the vessel according to maritime law. If they fail to do so and an incident occurs, they may be held responsible.
  • The person who chartered the boat. If an accident was the result of negligence by the person who chartered the boat, he may be ordered to pay for the negligence. Negligence includes illegal use of the boat and disobeying ship rules.

Stand Up For Your Rights

Don’t allow the person who is responsible for your injury to get away with it. Attorney Steve Lee wants to fight for your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve.



Category: Maritime and Offshore Cases

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