Owners and operators of yachts are responsible for the safety of their ship, its crew and passengers, and its compliance with maritime laws and regulations. When injuries occur as a result of negligence or safety violations, a yacht's owner can be held liable. At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., we work with investigators, maritime safety experts, and other professionals to determine the cause of a yachting accident. We also interview eyewitnesses and crew members to determine what happened and what could have been done to prevent the accident that caused your injuries. In cases involving collisions with other vessels or fixed objects in inshore and offshore waters, we determine if alcohol was involved, if sea lanes were violated, or if poor ship upkeep was to blame.
If you've been seriously injured in a yacht accident, contact maritime attorney John W. Merting today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case and how we can help you.
Injuries Sustained In A Yacht Accident
Our personal injury attorney represents injured passengers, crew members, water skiers, and others in yacht accidents that result in the following:
- Head trauma/brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crushed vertebrae
- Drowning/near drowning
- Severe lacerations
- Onboard fires and burns
- Wrongful death
Liability, Regulations And Yacht Owners
Yacht owners are required to comply with laws and regulations that govern the safety of a sea going vessel. Consequently, life preservers, fire extinguishers, ship rails, and other safety features should be in place and maintained. If a drowning occurs, or someone is injured by falling overboard, a ship's owner can be held liable if safety violations were involved. Even if certain safety devices or features were in place but malfunctioning, a yacht's owner can still be held accountable for not performing the general maintenance and safety checks that are intended to ensure everything is in good working order.
Determining The Compensation Value Of A Serious Injury
Most accidents on board yachts involve slip and falls, falling overboard or falling debris. As a result, accident victims may face significant medical expenses and lost wages. In order to ensure our clients receive compensation proportional to the financial impact of their injury, our attorney consults medical planners and life care planners who can accurately quantify the costs of an injury, including medical needs and expenses for the permanently injured person's entire future life expectancy.
In cases involving drowning or near drowning, the costs associated with brain damage or death may leave families facing an uncertain financial future. As your attorney, John W. Merting can help you establish a Special Needs Trust, or another type of trust if appropriate, with any proceeds from a settlement or award, to provide lifetime financial support for injury victims or family members after an accident.
Contact Yacht Accident Lawyer John W. Merting Today
We have the investigative resources and experience needed to hold negligent yacht owners and operators financially accountable for the injuries and accidents they cause. To schedule a consultation to discuss your case, contact yacht accident attorney John W. Merting today.