Nashville Boating Injury
Nashville Boating Injury
What to do if you or a family member is seriously injured in a Nashville boating accident.
I could spend pages explaining to you what the law is in Tennessee and spend more pages explaining the Tennessee Boating Safety Act, and the statistics for boating accidents in Tennessee, but I won’t. If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a Nashville boating accident, the last thing you want to know about are technical issues related to the Tennessee law regarding boating accidents. We can cover all of that information and develop a plan to proceed forward when we meet in person. From years of personal injury practice I have learned that what you want to know is what to do following a Nashville boating accident.
What you do immediately following a Nashville boating accident event can affect the value of your case. The most important thing to do is to call the Metro Nashville police, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and get prompt medical attention. After you comfort and protect the injured victim and before you have a conversation with the owner, if he/she are present, engage the voice recorder on your cellphone and put it in your pocket and record everything he or she says. You do not have to engage the offending party, wait until the police officials arrive and be courteous and tell them your story. Take photos of the victim, the surrounding area and the boat or dock where the accident happened. Seek out a Nashville board-certified personal injury lawyer to review your case and advise you on your rights and remedies. This interview should be available at no cost to you. You should never try to negotiate an injury claim by yourself.
When the representative for the insurance company contacts you, avoid giving a statement and never sign any releases or other paperwork. Refer them, instead, to your lawyer. The adjustor will tell you that you don’t need a lawyer, that the lawyer will take all of your money and that can handle this matter on your own. Don’t believe them, they get paid based on how much they beat you out of. The insurance company is interested only in paying as little as possible, not in providing you with fair compensation.
Nashville board-certified personal injury lawyer
As soon as you can, contact an experienced board certified personal injury lawyer. Choose an attorney who limits his/her practice to personal serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Board-certified personal injury attorney Phillip Miller is one of the most experienced lawyers in Nashville. He has a thirty-year track record of recovering money for injured victims and has earned the highest possible rating with Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, and Super Lawyers. He’ll handle the insurance company, launch an immediate investigation of the accident, and if necessary, call on boating safety experts to prove that the injury was caused by the negligence of the boat operator that caused the crash. He’ll gather proof of your damages—economic damages such as medical expenses and lost earnings, and non-economic damages, like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you’ve lost a family member or suffered a serious injury in a Tennessee boating accident, call Miller & Associates for a free consultation. Time limits apply, so protect your rights by calling today. We take cases on a contingency fee arrangement, so you pay nothing unless we win money for you.
For more information on Nashville boating accidents, and how to avoid injuries during boating excursions, check this link for an all inclusive blog post on the subject.