What started as a fun afternoon at the Lake of the Ozarks can quickly go haywire when someone is killed or seriously injured in a boating accident. People get on Jet Skis or Wave Runners and forget they’re operating a high-speed piece of machinery. They forget that there are lots of other watercrafts sharing the water as well as docks, concrete piers, and submerged natural obstacles. There are a lot of ways that a fun day on the water can go wrong, and only worsen when alcohol is involved.
At Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, we are experienced boating accident attorneys and strong advocates for victims of watercraft accidents. We have handled high-speed boat accidents on lakes and rivers, jet ski accidents, paddle boat drownings and have even investigated race boat accidents at the Lake of the Ozarks. We work with determination to obtain full and complete compensation for our clients’ losses from injury, lost wages, and medical bills.
Operators of boats and other watercraft are subject to safety rules. If you have been the victim of a reckless, negligent or drunk watercraft operator we can help you get compensation for your injuries, including your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
For more information on boating accidents, visit the National Safe Boating Council for education, training, and outreach.
How can a boating accident attorney assist me?
For more than 40 years, our firm has represented accident victims and the families of wrongful death victims.
When you hire our firm, we will act immediately to begin the legal effort. Our lawyers will investigate the cause of the accident and document the negligence of the responsible party. We will work with your doctor or other medical specialists to understand your current and future medical needs.
Our St. Louis boating accident attorneys will also calculate your lost wages and place a value on your pain and suffering for inclusion in your claim. Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard will seek maximum compensation for you.
If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, it’s important to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible so they can begin working on your behalf.