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New York Boat Accident Lawyers

A boat accident can be a terrifying experience to go through. These accidents have the potential to cause serious or potentially life-threatening injuries. These include broken bones, soft-tissue injuries, burns, amputations, and spinal or brain injuries. But pursuing a claim against big businesses or insurance companies can easily be time-consuming and too complex to handle alone.

When you have been hurt in a New York boat accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to seek financial recovery. A boat accident lawyer from Harris Keenan & Goldfarb can assist you with holding those who were at fault for the accident and your injuries accountable.

Since 1996, our attorneys have dedicated themselves to building a reputation for excellence, ethics, and compassion in our advocacy on behalf of injured accident victims.

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We strive to offer experienced, compassionate service to our clients from the moment they reach out to our firm all the way through the resolution of their case.

We understand the difficulties you may experience after being injured in an accident. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to obtain fair and full compensation for your injuries and losses as quickly as possible so that you can get the treatment and care you need to resume living a normal life.

After you have been injured in a boating accident in New York, contact Harris Keenan & Goldfarb for a free initial case evaluation. We can help you learn how to demand compensation from those at fault for the accident and your injuries. Our firm represents clients in local, state, and federal courts in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and New York.

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Why Choose Harris Keenan & Goldfarb to Help after a Boat Accident?

Being involved in a boat accident can have life-altering consequences. If you have been seriously hurt in the accident, you may need to pursue financial recovery for expenses and losses that you incur because of your injuries. A boat accident attorney can help you with a legal claim. But how do you know which attorney or law firm is right for you and your case? At Harris Keenan & Goldfarb, we believe that we can offer you the legal representation you need and deserve during this difficult time because:

Our legal team’s experience.

We have a combined 80-plus years of advocating for the rights of clients. Our knowledge and skill allow us to offer you innovative and tailored options and solutions to pursue the outcome you want and deserve in your case

Our reputation among our peers in the legal community.

Several of our attorneys have been recognized by groups and publications such as the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Super Lawyers

Our track record of success.

We have obtained some of the top verdicts in New York and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients through settlements and at trial

Our dedication to getting the best possible result for you.

We prepare every case as if it were going to trial so that we can thoroughly pursue your legal options

Boat Accident Statistics

According to New York State Parks, in 2020, there were a total of 240 accidents throughout the state involving recreational boats and watercraft, out of a total of 433,457 registered vessels. These accidents resulted in 127 cases of injury as well as 31 fatalities. 

Common Causes of Boat Accidents

Some of the most frequent causes of boat accidents include:

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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Boat Accident?

One or more parties may be at fault for a boat accident. Liability will depend on the circumstances of the accident. Parties who may be held responsible to compensate you for injuries and losses that you have sustained from a New York boat accident include:

Boat captains or operators

Who can have liability for a boat accident that is caused by their negligence. This may include operators of vessels other than yours, such as if your boat gets into an accident when a larger vessel creates an unsafe wake.

Vessel crew members

Such as engineers or deckhands.

Boat owners

Such as charter or ferry operators or private owners of rented or chartered boats.

Maintenance companies

That may be held liable for inadequate or negligently performed maintenance that leads to an accident.

Boat manufacturers or marine part manufacturers

That can be held liable for design or manufacturing defects that cause an accident.

Compensation Available in Boat Accident Claims

When you have been involved in a boat accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for losses that you have incurred or will incur in the future. A boat accident lawyer from Harris Keenan & Goldfarb will fight on your behalf to secure financial recovery for:

In addition, you may also receive an award of punitive damages in a boat accident trial. An award of this type is intended to “punish” the party or parties at fault for the boat accident for reckless or egregious conduct. Also, it deters others from committing similar acts in the future.

What to Do When You’ve Been Involved in a Boat Accident

Following a boat accident, you should remember to take the following steps to protect your legal rights for pursuing a claim for compensation:

Finally, meet with a New York boat accident lawyer from Harris Keenan & Goldfarb to learn what else you can do to pursue financial recovery for the losses you’ve sustained due to an accident that wasn’t your fault. 

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How a Lawyer Can Help with
Your Boat Accident Claim

When you have been injured in a boat accident in New York, you should pursue a claim for compensation against the party or parties responsible for the accident. Let a lawyer from Harris Keenan & Goldfarb help you seek accountability and justice for your injuries by:

At Harris Keenan & Goldfarb, we can take the stress of pursuing your case off your shoulders. Then you are able to focus your time and energy on recovering from your injuries and getting back to normal life after a traumatic boat accident. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions that we hear about boat accidents include:

It is inadvisable to try to pursue a boat accident claim on your own. Boat owners and operators and their insurers will likely have substantial resources at their disposal to delay and deny your claim for compensation. A boat accident attorney can stand up for your interests and advocate on your behalf to demand full financial recovery. A lawyer can thoroughly investigate the accident, prepare an effective and persuasive case, and aggressively pursue a negotiated settlement or a verdict in your favor at trial. 

The attorneys of Burns & Harris represent injured victims of accidents on a contingency-fee basis. When you hire our firm for your boat accident case, you will not be required to pay legal fees upfront. We are only paid when we win money for you by securing a negotiated settlement or a verdict in your favor at trial. That way, you won’t need to worry about paying for a lawyer when you are already dealing with other financial burdens, like medical bills or lost wages from not being able to work. You have no financial risk in pursuing your legal rights to demand compensation from those whose actions caused your injuries. 

Following a boat accident, you have limited time to file a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for the accident. The statute of limitations under New York law  gives you only three years from the date of a boat accident to file a suit for compensation. A boat accident lawyer from Burns & Harris can review the details of your case and advise you when you will need to file a lawsuit to continue your claim.

If you file suit after the statutory deadline has passed on your boat accident claim, you risk letting your claim be permanently dismissed out of court and losing the opportunity to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. 

Although most cases involving personal injury are settled long before going to court or to trial, we cannot predict whether litigation will become necessary in your case. Various factors will affect whether you may need to file suit or go to trial. Among those factors are the type and severity of your injuries, the amount of compensation you are seeking for your expenses and losses, and whether the party or parties you are seeking compensation from deny liability for the accident or your injuries. While we work diligently to secure full compensation for you as quickly as possible, you can trust that we will provide you with honest advice. When going to court or trial is the best option for pursuing maximum financial recovery in your case, we’ll tell you. 

Contact Us for Help in Recovering Compensation for Injuries Suffered in a Boat Accident

When you have been injured in a boat accident, you need experienced legal representation. We will help guide you through the complex issues that can arise in your case and get the compensation you deserve. Call Harris Keenan & Goldfarb at 800-724-6529 today for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can also fill out our intake form. Then a member of our team will call you. Let’s discuss how a boat accident lawyer from our firm can make a difference in your recovery from a life-altering accident. 


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