Upstate New York Girl Loses Arm and Leg in Boating Accident
Kaelynne Driscoll, an 8-year-old girl injured when she and her father were run over by a boat on Skaneateles Lake, has lost an arm and a leg. The New York Daily News reported that the boat’s propeller struck Driscoll and her father, and their condition remains serious.
While the investigation into the crash continues, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Sgt Jon Seeber stated that the deputies have not yet released the names of the boat’s operator or other passengers on the vessel.
While the details on the accident remain unknown, Driscoll’s injuries may ground for a lawsuit if the boat operator’s actions violated a duty of care. A duty of care is a legal obligation that individuals have to take certain precautions when performing an action that could potentially cause harm. After a boating accident, the following may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit: operating the boat at excessive speed, operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, improper maintenance, equipment failure, operator’s negligence, or lack of requisite experience.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, we recognize the financial burden that a boating accident can cause individuals and their families. Individuals who have suffered an injury in a boating accident may be able to receive compensation for any economic or non-economic damages caused by their injuries.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a boating or ferry accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To see if you have a valid lawsuit, call (212) 406-1700. We take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no charge unless we secure a recovery.