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KaplunMarx Boating Accident Cases
Boating accidents are a common occurrence in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of boating accidents in these states, leading to numerous personal injuries and fatalities.
In Pennsylvania during 2020, there were a total of 58 recreational boating accidents reported in 2020, resulting in 39 injuries and 11 fatalities.
These accidents are often caused by operator inattention, reckless operation, operator inexperience, and alcohol use. To reduce the risk of boating accidents, it is important for boaters to always wear life jackets, avoid alcohol use while operating a boat, and take boater safety courses.
KaplunMarx is a personal injury law firm that specializes in helping victims of boating accidents receive compensation for their injuries. With decades of experience, their team of experienced attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a boating accident, it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Contact KaplunMarx today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal rights and options.
Why You Should Talk To Us First
✓ 98% Success Rate - Attorneys with a track record that shows they personally care about every case and go the extra mile every time.
✓ No upfront costs - we front all of the legal fees and get paid on performance. In fact, we don't get paid unless you win
✓ We are local and we KNOW Pennsylvania's system - Just because a firm gets a license to practice law here and buy up a bunch of bill boards around town doesn't mean that they have real experience fighting cases in PA's legal system every day. We are a locally based firm with attorneys that focus on Pennsylvania injury cases. We eat, drink and breath this every day.
✓ We are not intimidated by litigation- We do not allow insurance carriers to strong arm, intimidate or stagnate claims. We will not hesitate to take them to court to fight for you when needed.
✓ No shortcuts - we go the extra mile to make sure that you get the highest compensation possible rather than settling right away as many injury firms do.
✓ We focus on you, not on getting the most cases in town like the guys on the billboards.
✓ Proprietary methods of case management for your very best client experience and ensure greater odds of success compared to high volume, low-touch firms.
✓ Talk directly to your attorney instead of getting passed off on case managers (if you've ever been through a car accident case, you'll know how valuable this is).
✓ We're consistently rated 5 stars by clients and have over 450 5-star reviews for a reason.
✓ No cost consultations we'll help you find out if you have a case. If you don't, we'll help point you in the right direction. Win-win.
✓ We get results without compromising service - It's not easy to find a firm that provides our brand of one-on-one service but which has the resources to get results that smaller practices may not be able to.
Sailing, fishing, waterskiing, or boating on the Delaware River is a popular pastime for Philadelphia residents. Although a relaxing pastime, boat wrecks are a common occurrence and often result in devastating harm.
Many novice boaters are not experienced enough to operate their vessels safely, while others may be under the influence of intoxicants, or operating recklessly. Sometimes poor maintenance or mechanical failures lead to accidents.
Regardless of the specific reason, if another person’s negligence resulted in a watercraft collision, you should contact a Philadelphia boat accident lawyer. A well-practiced injury attorney can guide you through the process of filing a civil claim for damages.
Deadline to File a Boat Crash Claim in Pennsylvania
Each state limits the amount of time an injured person has to file a lawsuit against a person whose actions caused their injuries. 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Annotated §5524 allows plaintiffs two years from the date of the boat accident to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages. Failure to file before the legal deadline expires could bar them from recovery.
When the Pennsylvania government is a potential defendant, plaintiffs have even less time to act. A governmental entity might be a defendant in a watercraft accident case if:
- There was a collision with a vessel owned by the Commonwealth or a local government
- Navigation markers were absent, misplaced or faulty
- Failure to enforce laws led to a dangerous condition that caused an accident
- Known hazards in a waterway were not marked or removed
Pennsylvania law requires anyone wishing to file a claim against the Commonwealth to file a notice of claim within six months. If the notice of claim is not filed, the claimant loses all rights to seek compensation from the government. Due to these strict legal deadlines in Pennsylvania, it is imperative to speak with skilled attorney after suffering harm in a boating accident. Get your free consultation here.
Proving Negligent Boater Liability in Pennsylvania
Plaintiffs must prove another party was negligent in order to be entitled to damages. Unfortunately, insurance companies and defense lawyers often attempt to find fault with the plaintiff’s behavior rather than acknowledge the liability of their insured. Our experienced boat and marine accident attorneys can identify all the potentially liable parties for a watercraft collision and hold them accountable for their part in causing the claimant’s injuries.
The owners of boats have a duty to keep their vessels well maintained and refrain from sailing in conditions that the boat cannot handle safely. Boat operators must be competent to handle their vessels, obey all navigation laws and safety regulations, and take reasonable care to operate the watercraft safely. Failure to do any of these could be evidence of negligence and result in them being liable for the claimant’s damages.
In some cases, the plaintiff could also be negligent. As long as the plaintiff carries less than 51 percent of the fault for an accident, they can collect damages from the other negligent parties. However, the amount of the damage award will be reduced by a sum equal to the plaintiff’s degree of responsibility.
Contact Pennsylvania Boat Accident Lawyers at KaplunMarx Today
Most boats offer little protection in an accident, causing boaters to suffer catastrophic injuries. Additionally, there is the added risk of drowning when a person suffers devastating harm.
Therefore, you should allow a seasoned professional to handle the complex legal process so you may focus on your physical recovery. Contact our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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Our Lawyers Fight for Maximum Compensation
Our duty is to hold the insurance company responsible for the maximum amount of compensation owed to you. Studies have shown that hiring an experienced attorney can lead to more than 3.5x the amount of compensation! Our legal team is aggressive in court and compassionate with our clients. It's not your fault you are injured, and we want to make sure those at fault are held responsible.
We Work With Doctors to Lower Your Medical Bills
The local medical community has a good working relationship with us. The doctors we recommend are not only experienced in treating serious injuries, but many are willing to work with us to negotiate your medical bills down to put more money into your pocket.
We Make it Easier to Find Medical Treatment
Whether you have health insurance or not, our goal is to help you get in quickly with medical care professionals and specialists.
We Protect Our Clients' Rights
Insurance companies are notorious for using underhanded practices that lower your case's value or deny your claim altogether. So, when you hire us, we will act as a barrier between you and the insurance company, ensuring they can't contact you regarding your injuries without going through us first.
You Will Not Be Alone During This Process
We know the personal injury claims process is complicated. Our team is here to guide you every step of the way and answer your questions anytime.
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What People Say
Providing clients with exceptional service is a core value at KaplunMarx personal injury law firm in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Take it from our satisfied client testimonials.
"I went through a lot when I was in my accident. Ted was professional and concerned about how I was doing...
...The office staff is extremely friendly and quick to assist your needs. They not only contacted me for updates, they checked in on my wellbeing. I can't express how grateful I am for their kindness and professionalism. I've never seen an attorney's office that cares as much as they do for their clients. I highly recommend their office and personally vouch that Ted Kaplun is a great attorney to have."