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Monday, February 26, 2018

Remedies for Fisherman in Texas Boating Accidents

Q: Who can be sued for injuries from a boating accident?

Texas offshore accident attorneys know that those who work offshore, like fisherman and other seamen, have inherently dangerous jobs. In fact, there are maritime accident laws and other laws, such as the Jones Act, that are specifically designed to protect such workers and to provide compensation from their employers in certain circumstances in the event they are injured on the job.

But even those who boat for recreation have the remedy of a personal injury lawsuit to obtain financial compensation for their physical and psychological damages if they are seriously injured as a result of the negligence or recklessness of somebody else while boating.

If a boating accident victim dies as a result of their injuries, which were caused by another’s negligence, their closest surviving relatives may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit if they are suffering financially as a result of that death. Who has standing to sue and for what specific damages differ on a case-by-case basis-- so it's important to find a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident.

Recently, a violent boat collision reportedly occurred on Lake Austin between two fishing boats that were out after dark, leaving death in its wake. To date, it is unclear if the men involved were commercial fisherman or recreational boaters.

Reportedly, on-shore witnesses called authorities to the scene where two male boaters were found. One suffered minor injuries but the other suffered serious personal injuries necessitating the amputation of his arm and leg.

Based on witness statements, authorities originally believed a third individual swam to shore and ran off so they reportedly ended their search prematurely believing everyone was accounted for. It turns out however that what is believed to be the third missing boater’s body was found in the lake three days later when the search was resumed.

Although the investigation continues, police stated "it appeared one boat was on the wrong side of the buoy and collided head-on with the other boat".

If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one has been killed, in a boating accident or any other transportation accident, the attorneys at Chandler, Mathis & Zivley can help you recover the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact our office today for a free consultation.

From our offices in Houston and Lufkin, we've been fighting for accident victims and their families throughout Texas as well as those injured while visiting Texas for over 40 years.


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