Maritime Personal Injury – Recreational Boating
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, boaters in Texas have more than 3,700 streams, 150 lakes, 15 rivers, and the gulf to explore. With so many boating destinations in the Lone Star State, it is no wonder why cruising, fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, water skiing, and other aquatic activities are so popular among Texans. Unfortunately, these activities can be dangerous. In fact, between January 2021 and April 2021, boating fatalities increased by 40% from the previous year.
If you or someone you care about was injured or killed in a Texas maritime accident, you might be eligible to recover monetary compensation for your damages. The Stepp & Sullivan personal injury team has over 80 years of combined experience in maritime law and has a proven track record of fighting for the rights of maritime injury victims. We are proud to represent clients injured in boating accidents in both federal and state courtrooms, where we pursue justice for the harm they have suffered.
Common Types of Maritime Personal Injury Accidents in Texas
Since Texas is a popular boating and cruise ship destination for both local Texans and out-of-state tourists, our waterways are used by all types of vessels. Common maritime accidents in Texas include the following:
- Jet ski accidents
- Motorboat accidents
- Pontoon boat accidents
- Canoe accidents
- Kayak accidents
- Sailboat accidents
- Speed boat accidents
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and many other maritime and boating accident cases may require the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney. Maritime laws differ significantly from typical personal injury laws, which means your attorney must be familiar with the unique complexities of maritime personal injury accidents. At Stepp & Sullivan, our lawyers have extensive experience in maritime law, and we understand exactly what it takes to achieve justice for our clients.
How Can a Maritime Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Just as boating accidents differ from car accidents, maritime personal injury cases differ significantly from standard cases. At Stepp & Sullivan, we understand the elements of boating accident claims and can apply our knowledge and skills to your case. Some of the many ways our attorneys can help you include the following:
- Conducting a thorough investigation into your claim
- Negotiating with all parties on your behalf
- Filing all paperwork correctly and on time
- Gathering crucial evidence and witness testimonies
- Advocating aggressively for your rights and interests inside and outside of the courtroom
- Guiding you through the Texas legal system
- Answering your legal questions and keeping you updated about your case
When you partner with a skilled attorney from Stepp & Sullivan, you can rest assured that your case is in the hands of a specialized and skilled legal professional.
Seek Compensation for Damages Suffered in a Texas Maritime Personal Injury Accident
Maritime personal injuries can leave victims suffering from emotional, physical, and financial damages that could impact the rest of their lives. Despite the potential lifelong effects of maritime accidents, victims often end up having to foot the bill. However, if your injuries resulted from the carelessness or recklessness of another party, Texas grants you the right to seek compensation for your damages.
At Stepp & Sullivan, we are committed to seeking justice for maritime personal injury victims in Houston and throughout Texas and the United States for damages, including the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capacity
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy
- Funeral costs
- In-home rehabilitation
- Change in lifestyle
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
While no amount of financial compensation can make your pain miraculously disappear, it can help replace damaged property and relieve stress so you can better focus on your journey to recovery.
Contact a Skilled Maritime Personal Injury Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
Negligent parties and insurance companies will typically do anything they can to avoid paying out a fair settlement to victims injured or killed in maritime accidents. Insurance companies handle injury claims on a daily basis and employ attorneys to protect their interests. To even the scales, you need an experienced attorney on your side. At Stepp & Sullivan, our attorneys have a proven track record of successfully achieving favorable outcomes for their clients as they stand up to insurance companies.
To schedule a free consultation with a Stepp & Sullivan maritime personal injury attorney, call our office today at (713) 677-2635 or complete our convenient contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.