One of our recent cases involved a driver whose extremely intoxicated driving caused our client to fall off of the boat, and then the driver ran over her. The propeller caused significant damage to limb, resulting in permanent disability. Attorney Eric Hageman, our lead lawyer on the case, won $5 million for our client.
5 Things You Should Know about a Lawsuit
- If the driver of the boat was drunk, the injured person may be able to sue a bar or restaurant that served the driver alcohol before the accident. This is important because the insurance policy covering that business may provide for substantially more compensation to an injured person than the insurance policy of the boat owner.
- If a family member is too injured to take the steps to sue, you may be able to sue on that person’s behalf. This is important because the injured person needs his or her medical bills paid, and the family should be compensated for the money lost because that person cannot work.
- When a child is severely injured in a boating accident, the parents may have the right to sue on the the child’s behalf and put any money recovered in a trust for the child. This money can be used for current and future medical bills and other expenses.
- If you accidentally ran over your loved one, that person may have to sue you to get compensation for pain and suffering. This can be an emotionally difficult situation, and our lawyers know how to handle cases like this. This is more common than you may think, and it is just how the insurance policies work.
- It is possible to get a settlement without filing a lawsuit, but in most cases that does not happen. In most cases, the other side refuses to settle for full and fair compensation before a lawsuit is filed, often claiming that they are not at fault. Please know that our lawyers are not paid unless you win, so our goal is always to get you the best compensation package possible, not to have the case drag on for years.
Questions You May Have for Lawyer Eric Hageman
Can we sue the owner of the boat if he or she was not driving it at the time of the accident?
If my child is in the hospital after being run over by a boat, can I get compensation for the time I cannot work?
What if the boat or jet ski was subject to a recall?
How long will it take for our family to get money from the lawsuit?
What if the accident happened in Minnesota, but I am from another state?
What if I owned the boat and someone else was driving?
Lawyer Eric Hageman has won numerous multi-million-dollar settlements for his clients, a number of whom have lost limbs in accidents. One of his clients said Eric was a “warrior” for him. If you need legal help, contact Eric by calling 612-338-0202 or by using our online free consultation form.
Boating Accident Causes
The following are the top 5 contributing factors in boating accidents, according to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG
- driver inattention
- improper lookout
- driver inexperienced
- excessive speed
- alcohol use.
According to the USCG, the use of alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities.
“It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats (from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships)” (Coast Guard).
Contact our law firm for a free consultation if any of the following happened to your loved one:
- Run over by a boat propeller
- Burned in a fire or explosion
- Injured while water skiing or tubing
- Injured in a crash between two vessels
- Fell overboard and was drowned
- Electrocuted due to a stray current
- Sickened or killed by carbon monoxide exposure.
We are a Minnesota law firm, and we love our 10,000 lakes. We believe a lawsuit in cases like these is a crucial deterrent against highly dangerous conduct that puts at risk all those who use our lakes in Minnesota.
Attorney Brendan Flaherty’s daughter and her friend enjoy a Minnesota lake. Make sure all of your passengers are wearing life jackets and do not drink and drive.