Injured On The Water?


Did you get hurt while boating on Lake Wylie or jet skiing on Lake Norman due to someone else’s reckless actions? Our firm offers experienced legal representation for maritime injuries to residents throughout South Carolina and North Carolina.

People injured on rivers, lakes, gulfs and other navigable bodies of water need strong representation when seeking recovery. Our injury lawyers have experience with maritime law claims and know how to protect your rights if you suffer an injury at sea or navigable waters. If you are currently recovering in your home or hospital, we can arrange to meet with you at your convenience for a free consultation.

Who is Responsible for my Injury from a Boating Accident?

People injured while boating, while on jet skis, while diving or fishing can file claims against the parties responsible for their injuries and property damage. These parties could include:

  • Negligent boaters
  • Drunk or otherwise intoxicated boat operators
  • Boat operators without a valid license
  • Owners who allowed unlicensed drivers to operate a watercraft
  • Manufacturers of defective aquatic equipment
  • Repair shops who failed to fix broken components that later led to a crash or serious injuries

Recreational boating can be a relaxing way to spend the day, but operators must remember their responsibility to keep them and everyone else on the water safe from harm. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the most common contributing factors in boating crashes are:

  • Operator inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Improper lookout
  • Excessive speed
  • Navigation rules violation
  • Alcohol use

Alcohol use was the most common contributing factor to boating deaths in 2012.

Lawyers for Maritime Claims and Recreational Boating Injuries

Maritime law applies to anyone injured in navigable waters. The definition of “navigable waters,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency, includes tributaries, interstate waters, intrastate lakes, rivers and streams.

Maritime claims can reach either state or federal courts, and our attorneys have years of experience handling claims in both. Depending on your case, you may have the right to either a jury trial or a bench trial, which involves arguing your case in front of a judge with no jury present. We understand which environment is best suited for your case, and we can help guide you through the process we believe may most likely end in your favor. A maritime verdict or settlement can help pay for your medical bills, lost wages and damaged property, along with the losses you endured from a loved one’s fatal crash.

Find an Injury Attorney for Rock Hill, Columbia and Beaufort* Water Injuries

Not sure if you have a case? We offer free, confidential consultations to all our clients, and we will try to accommodate you wherever you are. Contact our injury lawyers to learn about your options following a water-related injury or death. We serve clients in Columbia, Charlotte, Rock Hill, parts of North Carolina and all of South Carolina. Consultations at our Beaufort* office are by appointment only.


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