Boating is a pastime enjoyed by thousands of British Columbians each year. Unfortunately, accidents happen. Studies show that the leading cause of accidents involving boats and personal watercraft are alcohol, inattention, inexperience and speeding.
If you or a member of your family are injured in a boating accident due to the fault of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Sadly, about one-third of water-related deaths in Canada are linked to boating. If your family member has passed away as a result of a boating accident caused by someone else, you and your family may be entitled to a payment for the loss to your family under British Columbia’s Family Compensation Act. Claims under the Family Compensation Act are often referred to as wrongful death claims.
To ensure that your claim to compensation is preserved, you should see a lawyer for a consultation. Depending on the nature of the accident, you may have to bring your claim in a certain court. Additionally, there are time limits within which you must sue in order to remain entitled to compensation. You should be aware that in some instances, legislation limits the amount of compensation that can be recovered from an owner or operator of a boat.
Our experienced lawyers have handled numerous personal injury and wrongful death claims, and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to arrange for a free consultation.