Like any other vehicle, ferries are capable of crashing and causing serious injuries to their passengers. Individuals who have been in a ferry crash may suffer debilitating injuries, such as broken bones, amputations, severe head trauma, and in some cases death. In addition to physical harm, passengers who have been injured in a ferry accident may also suffer financial strain due to lost wages and excessive medical bills. While the aforementioned hardships can be devastating, individuals who have suffered them may be able to recoup compensation for any damages suffered due to the accident. Individuals who have suffered an injury in a ferry accident shouldn't hesitate to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool we understand the toll that can be placed on victims of ferry accidents. As a result, we are committed to helping individuals who have been unnecessarily injured in ferry accidents recover the compensation they may be entitled to.
Have you or someone you love suffered an injury in a ferry accident? If so, you may have legal recourse. To see if you are eligible to file a claim, call 212.406.1700 or contact us online for a free consultation. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will review your case to see how we may be able to help you.Do You Have a Valid Lawsuit?
In order to have a valid lawsuit, individuals who have been injured in a ferry accident must be able to prove that the ferry operator or company acted negligently. To prove negligence, the plaintiff must show that a duty of care was broken by the ferry operator or company. A duty of care is a legal obligation an individual or entity has to act in with a certain degree of care when performing potentially dangerous actions. Ferry operators are responsible for operating the vessel in a safe and responsible manner. When a ferry operator fails to act responsibly, them and the company they represent may be found liable for any accident that occurs.
While a breach of duty is necessary for victims to have a valid lawsuit, it is not the only criteria. Victims must also be able to prove that the operator or ferry company's negligence was directly responsible for the accident and their injury. Furthermore, victims must have suffered damages from the accident to have a valid claim. An accident or injury is not grounds for a lawsuit without economic or non-economic damages.
The following may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit after a ferry accident:
- Operating the ferry at excessive speed
- Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Improper Maintenance
- Equipment Failure
- Operator lacks requisite experience
- Operator Negligence
Individuals who have suffered an injury in a ferry accident may be able to receive compensation for any economic or non-economic damages caused by their injuries. Economic damages are any monetary losses the victim suffers because of the injury. Lost wages do to time missed at work and medical bills not covered by insurance are considered economic damages. Long term pain and suffering and loss of life's enjoyment are considered non-economic damages. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool we understand what damages victims of ferry damages may be able to collect. We use our skill at evaluating our clients' claims to pursue maximum compensation.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a 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.