San Diego Boat & Watercraft Accident Injury Attorneys
Our San Diego Lawyers Advocate for Victims of Boat Accidents
Helping you recover for watercraft- and boat-related injuries from negligent operators
Southern California is well-known for its beautiful beaches, coastline, rivers and lakes. People come from all over the world to enjoy boating, swimming, surfing, paddling and diving in its waters. However, these activities become dangerous when people or corporations act negligently.
Sidiropoulos Law Firm, APC has focused exclusively on personal injury recovery since our inception in 1996. Our lawyers handle such life-shattering boating events as drownings, propeller accidents, crashes and carbon monoxide poisoning. We help you recover the maximum compensation possible for your head trauma, spinal damage, amputation, puncture wound or laceration, or the wrongful death of your loved one.
Recreational boating accidents
The operator of a private vessel has an absolute duty to ensure the safety of all the passengers onboard. Our lawyers can help you recover compensation for a recreational boat accident involving another vessel, a dock or a bridge abutment. We also handle claims involving injuries you sustained while on a boat or on the deck or from falling overboard. When alcohol is involved in the crash, the operator may be liable under both criminal and civil law for boating under the influence (BUI).
Personal watercraft (PWC) like wave runners and jet skis provide enjoyable recreation and transportation. However, a collision with another boater or an object or getting thrown from a personal watercraft can end a day on the water in a catastrophe. Swimmers are also put at risk of being hit by a PWC. The reasons for the accident may range from watercraft design defects to the personal negligence of the driver.
Commercial boat accidents
The captains of commercial yachts, dive boats, fishing boats and ferries are generally held responsible for the safety of their customers. Passengers may have a valid cause of action for injuries linked to ferry crashes, being left in the middle of the ocean on a dive, sailing in bumpy seas, or infections and lacerations from fishing equipment.
Cruise ship injuries
Cruise ship accident claims may be governed by state, federal, international or maritime rules of law, depending on a variety of factors, including the location of the ship when the injuries occurred. The cruise line may be responsible for injuries you suffered as a result of:
➣A slip and fall
➣A water slide, swimming pool or wave pool accident
➣An accident on a cruise line-promoted expedition at a port of call
➣A sexual attack or physical assault by cruise ship crew or passengers
➣A food-borne illness, such as salmonella, gastrointestinal infections or virus infection
➣Medical neglect or negligence by the ship doctor
Recover compensation for your boating-related injuries
For more information about recovering for your boat accident injuries, call Sidiropoulos Law Firm, APCat 619-696-7005 or contact us online. Your first consultation with our firm is free. Our attorneys handle your case with a contingency fee arrangement.
Our legal office is conveniently located at the edge of downtown San Diego near Balboa Park and in close proximity to the civil courthouse. In addition, we maintain satellite offices in Los Angeles, Imperial County and Vista, California to serve communities throughout Southern California — including Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we are also available after hours and on weekends.