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We know that the last thing you think about when you head out on a boat is that you may get into an accident. Whether you are heading out for some water recreation with the family or whether you work on the water, we know you take the steps necessary to stay safe.

Unfortunately, there are times when other people’s negligence can cause you serious harm on the water. If a boat company or captain is careless in their duties, accidents are bound to happen. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we want to help you hold the people responsible for your injuries accountable. When you need a Renton maritime accident attorney, you can call us today.

How They Happen?

We see news occasionally about boating accidents, but we give them little thought. We should pay more attention because they show us that these accidents often occur because of the negligence of the people operating the boat or the company who owns and operates the vessel.

Maritime Workers

We can look at two major laws that work to protect those who work and live on commercial water vessels. These are the Jones Act from 1920 as well as the Longshore Workers’ Compensation Act. These protections extend to ships, boats, oil rigs, and other water vessels that people work on.

  • The Jones Act gives those who make a living on water vessels protections from injuries they incur while performing their duties.
  • The Longshore Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal law that provides for the payment of compensation, medical care, and services for those disabled in the course of their duties while working on a water vessel.

If you are injured in the course of your work on the water, you need to secure an attorney who understands these laws.

Recreational Water Journeys

Many people enjoy getting out on the water for some fun watersports, fishing, or a leisurely trip. When you do this, you fully expect that those who control the vessel to act safely. You also expect that the owners of the boat regularly inspect the vessel to ensure everything is in working order.

Owners and operators have a duty to:

  • Ensure that there are enough life vests for everyone on board and that they are properly trained to use them before departing.
  • Follow all maritime laws and regulations.
  • Monitor the weather before and during an outing to ensure the safety of their passengers.

What Are Your Options?

It is the last thing you expected to happen, but now you have to deal with the aftermath. A boating accident can change people’s lives and if they do not receive compensation for accident-related expenses, they can be financially ruined.

At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we do not want that for you or your family. Our team will work with you to recover compensation for all of the expenses related to your accident, from medical expenses and lost income to loss of enjoyment of life damages. When you need a Renton maritime accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842. We will get to work today.

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