Fort Pierce Boating Accident
Boating accidents are responsible for hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries every year. These statistics are tragic in their own right, but when you consider the fact that virtually all boating accidents could be prevented if operators exercised reasonable care, the numbers become even more alarming.
Fortunately, victims are not powerless when it comes to pursuing justice in the wake of an accident with a negligent boater. If you or your loved ones were hurt in a boating accident, the legal team at Donaldson & Weston can help you pursue compensation for all resulting damages.
Our personal injury attorneys have an unwavering commitment to the physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of our clients. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of Fort Pierce's leading boating accident lawyers.How to Prove Damages in a Boating Accident Claim
In order to build a winning boating accident claim, you must be able to prove not only that the opposing party is liable but also that you incurred damages as a direct result of their negligence. Demonstrating economic damages is relatively straightforward because there should be some kind of record for each one. Examples of such documents include:
- Hospital bills;
- Copay invoices;
- Pharmacy receipts;
- Paystubs and income statements;
- Quotes from a repair shop for fixing any property damage; and
- Home care invoices.
Proving non-economic damages is a bit more challenging because each loss is not necessarily accompanied by a receipt or tangible record of any sort; however, there are other ways to demonstrate your pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Evidence that can contribute to the strength of your claim by helping you prove non-economic damages includes:
- Photographs: Taking photographs of any visible injuries as they heal-and of any scarring or disfigurement that remains-is an effective way to illustrate the pain and suffering your injuries have caused.
- Journal Entries: Your boating accident attorney will encourage you to write about the daily struggles you now face because of the injuries you sustained. These entries can be as brief or as detailed as you like as long as they document the challenges associated with recovering and include any limitations the injuries have imposed.
- Statements from Medical Experts: Your treating physician can write a detailed letter explaining your prognosis. To assuage the insurance adjuster, who may accuse him or her of being biased, it may also wise to include statements from medical experts who have not worked with you personally but specialize in treating the kinds of injuries you sustained.
If a negligent boater ruined your day on the water, turn to Donaldson & Weston to determine the most strategic way to proceed. By letting us handle the logistics of your claim, you can focus on your health without worrying too much about your case. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Fort Pierce.