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What Damages Can I Recover from a Boating Accident Lawsuit?

The damages that can be recovered from a boating accident lawsuit can include the victim's medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, property damages, pain and suffering, and other types of damages to an amount that depends on the severity of the injuries, liability and circumstances of the accident.

In 2012, the Coast Guard counted 4,515 accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3,000 injuries and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. Victims who suffered these losses have the right to monetary compensation, in case they can prove:

  • the defendant is liable for the accident;
  • the accident resulted in injuries;
  • the injuries led to financial losses.

Like in other personal injury cases, plaintiffs can recover the following damages:

  • costs of medical treatment;
  • pain and suffering;
  • loss of income during recovery;
  • loss of earning capacity;
  • loss of companionship;
  • property damages.

The amount of compensation each victim will receive varies greatly, depending on the severity of the injuries, the circumstances of the accident and whether the victim shares liability for the accident or not. The general purpose of monetary awards is to restore the victim's pre-accident financial condition. In case the defendant acted in an extremely negligent manner or his attitude can be characterized as outrageous, the plaintiff might be awarded punitive damages as well.

If you are a Miami resident who suffered a boating injury due to someone else's negligence call Sean M. Cleary - Miami boating accident lawyer today.

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