Missouri lakes offer scenic views that can’t be beaten, and canoeing, sailing, jet-skiing, and fishing are popular activities of both locals and tourists throughout the state. Unfortunately, a leisurely day on the water can turn into tragedy in the blink of an eye. Careless and reckless boaters in Missouri can cause severe or even fatal injuries to those who share the water with them.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a boating accident injury in or near Missouri, you could be eligible to recover compensation for the damages you have incurred. A personal injury lawyer with Goza & Honnold may be able to perform a thorough review of your accident to determine your legal options.
Damages You Could Recover After Suffering an Injury in a Missouri Boating Accident
A Goza & Honnold attorney may be able to recoup financial resources for various damages concerning your emotional, physical, and financial suffering due to a boating accident in Missouri. We may be able to pursue costs pertaining to:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Mental anguish
- Reduced earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Reconstructive surgery
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
- Change in lifestyle
- Boat damage
- Other property damage
Unlike auto insurance, which is mandatory in both Kansas and Missouri, boating insurance is optional, and many boaters do not carry coverage. Because of these gaps in coverage, your boating accident attorney may need to file a civil lawsuit to recoup your damages from the negligent party.
How Can Our Boating Accident Team in Missouri Serve You?
At Goza & Honnold, we are committed to seeking the compensation you deserve for the damages you have accrued because of another party’s negligent behavior. Our personal injury lawyers can pursue the total cost of your losses through a legal claim or through an out-of-court process
In order to show how the negligent party’s actions led to your accident, we will conduct a thorough investigation. To help prove your claim, we may collect evidence such as:
- Accident reports
- Dashcam footage, if available
- Eyewitness statements
- Medical reports
- Photos of any property damage
- Photos of the accident scene
- Photos of your injuries
- Police reports
Your Goza & Honnold boating accident lawyer may also utilize statements from the following parties to gain more insight into your situation:
- Accident reconstruction specialists
- Bystanders from the shoreline
- Healthcare professionals
- Local authorities
- Others in the boat with you
When it comes to your legal options, you will not have to do any guesswork with the Goza & Honnold team. We will conduct a detailed review of your situation on your behalf to discover whether you qualify for compensation by determining whether the following are true about your boating accident:
- Another party owed you a duty of care (they were responsible for operating their vessel with reasonable care)
- That party violated their duty of care
- You suffered an injury in the boating accident
- The other party’s conduct was the cause of your injuries
Injuries caused by accidents with jet skis and other personal watercraft can be more severe than other boating injuries because riders are more exposed and often traveling at higher rates of speed.
Injured in a Missouri Boating Accident? Schedule a Free Consultation Today
The personal injury lawyers with Goza & Honnold have decades of experience achieving successful results for injured clients and their families in Missouri and Kansas. Our team has been awarded some of the most prestigious trial and litigation awards and has earned the respect of our peers.
If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a Missouri boating accident, we will review your claim at no cost. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, you can fill out a contact form or call our office at (913) 451-3433.