Spending time out on your boat with family and friends is often a relaxing and enjoyable experience. However, this picturesque image comes shattering down if a watercraft injury occurs, especially one which results in an explosion. Explosions do not occur often as a result of watercraft accidents, but they are often life threatening when they do occur. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a watercraft accident resulting in an explosion, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Watercraft Explosions
There are various causes for watercraft explosions, many of which stem from the manufacture of a watercraft or the misuse of the watercraft. The risk of watercraft explosion often increases if a watercraft is improperly assembled.
Watercraft operator inattention or carelessness can also lead to explosion injuries if the operator steers the watercraft into another watercraft or stationary object. This type of impact may cause an explosion within the watercraft and could severely injure everyone onboard.
Damages from Explosion Injuries
As a victim of an explosion injury, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries once you determine the responsible party. The manufacturer and the watercraft operator both owe you duties regarding your use of the watercraft. A manufacturer guarantees that the watercraft is safe for ordinary use. Any outside use aside from how the watercraft should be used may not be covered by this guarantee. However, if you are simply operating the watercraft in its intended manner and an explosion occurs, the manufacturer is likely at fault for an error which occurred during the assembly process.
A watercraft driver who steers the watercraft recklessly or negligently may be found liable for causing an explosion if the facts clearly indicate this reckless behavior led to the crash which caused the explosion. An experienced watercraft accident attorney will be able to help guide you through the different scenarios and the probable outcomes.
Damages stemming from explosion accidents include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Future earnings
- Loss of consortium
These damages cover both the victim and the victim’s family. Severe injuries could limit the type of work a victim can perform in the future which not only affects the victim’s well-being, but also their family. A court can consider all types of situations in reviewing the claim for damages from a watercraft explosion.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Watercraft Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in an explosion caused by a watercraft accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with bringing claims against the responsible parties after an explosion occurs. The responsible parties may include manufacturers, watercraft operators, or other third parties. You should not be responsible for covering your own medical costs as well as struggling through the inability to receive a paycheck due to your injuries. Contact our Texas offices today for your initial free consultation.