Riding in a watercraft can be just as dangerous as riding in an automobile, if not more so. And just as automobile drivers must observe the rules of the road, watercraft operators owe passengers, swimmers and other boaters a duty to operate their watercrafts legally and responsibly. If you or a family member has been injured due to the negligence of a boat, jet ski or other watercraft operator, my law office can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has been injured because a watercraft operator has:
My Atlanta Watercraft Injury Law Firm has extensive experience handling claims for all types of watercraft accidents. As an experienced Atlanta Watercraft Injury Lawyer I will promptly and thoroughly investigate your case to assess damages and determine fault. Once hired, I will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. I will give them only the information they need to evaluate your claim and protect your privacy. If the insurance company refuses to recognize the true value of your case, I will not hesitate to file suit and present your case before a jury so that you can be awarded the compensation you deserve.
Why Should You Hire an Atlanta Watercraft Injury Attorney?
The insurance company for the person whose fault caused the watercraft injury will start an investigation immediately. It is the insurance company's responsibility to try to limit the compensation of the injured person to the lowest possible amount in order to protect their profits. Insurance companies have established very specific and elaborate policies on handling watercraft injury claims, especially in the early stages. Insurance company will take recorded statements from the persons involved in the car accident, have the vehicles examined, have photographs taken, obtain reports and try to establish the extent of the injuries suffered in the watercraft injury. The insurance company is usually completes these tasks within the first week after the watercraft injury and many of them within the first 24 to 48 hours after the auto collision.
Insurance companies try to reach a quick settlement with an injured person. They often do this before the true extent of you injuries are known. Their purpose is to avoid responsibility for future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that are likely to develop. This is a situation that an experienced Atlanta Watercraft Injury Attorney can help you avoid.
When a person is injured, it very often takes months to completely assess the person's injuries. At that point, the person may need surgery, physical therapy or other extensive treatment. The injuries may even leave the person permanently disabled. Therefore, the true value of a claim can only be assessed after most of the medical treatment has been completed. The State of Georgia provides in most, but not all, cases a two-year period of time in which to file a lawsuit on a claim. Accordingly, there is no need to rush to a settlement with an insurance company.
Other areas where an experienced Atlanta Watercraft Injury Lawyer can help you.
There are other significant issues that develop for persons injured in a watercraft. For instance, if your health insurance company pays for your medical bills they will very often seek reimbursement from your settlement with the other person's insurance company. There are several legal limitations on these rights to reimbursement. An experienced Atlanta Watercraft Injury Attorney can use the various laws in Georgia to maximize the amount of recovery that you, the injured individual, gets to keep.
Since insurance companies have vast experience in evaluating watercraft injuries, they often will pay the lowest compensation possible.
It is important to have an attorney on your side with considerable experience dealing with these insurance companies. It is always best to have an attorney who will not settle your case for anything less than its full value. If the insurance companies are not being reasonable in their valuation of your case, you need an attorney who will fight for you, who will file a lawsuit, take your case to trail and prove why you deserve to be compensated. My law firm will do that for you.