How Can Litco Law Watercraft Accident Lawyers Help?
When watercraft accident victims first contact us
for a free consultation, they are often feeling scared, angry, sad, and simply overwhelmed as they try to make sense of what happened to them and what comes next. Litco Law watercraft accident lawyers believe that our clients are people first, and as people who have experienced a horrible accident, they deserve a compassionate and caring advocate to listen to their story, learn how they are feeling, and get to know them as individuals.
Once we’ve learned about you and your case, it’s our turn to explain exactly how we can help. As Alberta’s largest personal injury firm, for over 40 years we’ve assisted accident victims as they deal with insurers, coordinated medical assessments and treatments for their recovery, and advocated for them as they’ve sought fair compensation for their injuries.
While many lawyers may have familiarity with motor vehicle accident claims, as a firm specializing in personal injuries we have developed familiarity with the complexities of other types of cases. Watercraft accidents fall under the Canada Shipping Act
and the Marine Liability Act
. The Canada Shipping Act
regulates motorized watercraft and details registration and licensing requirements, speed limits and age-related restrictions. Complicating matters are exceptions to licensing, however. Visitors to Canada, people renting boats, and people who can otherwise prove competency do not require a license. Moreover, owners and operators of motorized watercraft have legal responsibility for their vessels, but a manufacturer may be liable for injuries if a defect in the vessel caused or contributed to an accident.
The federal Marine Liability Act
outlines the rules and limitations for lawsuits involving personal injury, loss of life and damages. Section 29 of this law limits personal injury and loss of life claims to $1 million for vessels with under 300 tons of gross tonnage unless a plaintiff can prove a defendant was not only negligent, but also knowingly and deliberately reckless and could foresee this recklessness could cause injury. This Act also limits other damage claims to $500,000.
While $1 million may sound like a lot of money, if your injuries are catastrophic and you do not have other insurance to draw on, it may not be enough to cover a lifetime’s worth of expenses and lost earnings. Therefore, Litco Law will always do a full investigation of the circumstances around your accident to determine if we can build a convincing case to break this cap on compensation. By preparing court-ready cases, we have a better chance of convincing a defendant’s insurer to make a fair offer to you.
And although marine time may be complex, we always ensure we use plain language to make the entire process understandable. Taking the time to keep a client informed is part of our commitment to treat you as a person first.