Many warm summer days are often spent at the lake, aboard a watercraft or jumping into the water to cool off. Families do not anticipate disaster to strike during these pleasant days at the lake. However, watercraft accidents can happen any time and frequently lead to severe injuries for anyone involved in the accident. If you or a loved one have experienced chest trauma as the result of a watercraft accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Watercraft accidents are frequently the result of two different factors: watercraft operator inexperience or product defects. Watercraft operator inexperience can manifest itself in a number of ways, including the inability to control the watercraft at a certain rate of speed, the inexperience to understand the boating laws and regulations, and the failure to keep an eye on other nearby watercraft. Watercraft accidents can often result in terrible injuries due to the lack of protection most watercraft offer to passengers. An ordinary motor vehicle crash may not lead to extensive injuries, but an ordinary watercraft accident nearly always does. The force of a personal watercraft impact may either throw the victim into the water (often through a jet stream), or into another watercraft. Both options could lead to serious and life-threatening injuries.
Chest Trauma Injuries
Chest trauma injuries are some of the most common type of injuries stemming from a watercraft accident. A watercraft passenger may sustain chest trauma by a blow to the chests. Many watercraft accidents involve collisions between watercraft or a collision between one watercraft into a stationary object. Passengers are often thrown forward into the water or into the object upon impact, which may result in severe chest trauma. The impact of chest trauma often leads to more serious injuries, including:
- Broken ribs or sternum
- Injuries to surrounding organs, such as the heart, kidney, liver, or spleen
- Injuries to the trachea
As a victim of a watercraft accident which led to chest trauma, you are entitled to seek compensation for these injuries. Damages for chest trauma injuries can include medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, future earnings, and pain and suffering. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to a lesser or increased fraction of the damages. An experienced watercraft accident attorney will be able to assist you in filing the related claim.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Watercraft Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been severely injured in a watercraft accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling watercraft accident cases and in ensuring that his clients receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries. As the victim of a watercraft accident, you should not be responsible for covering your medical expense and should instead focus solely on recovering from your injuries. Tony Malley can assist you in receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our Texas offices today for your initial free consultation.