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Seattle, WA Boating Accident Lawyer – Herschensohn Law

  1. What Is Shipping and Boating Accident Compensation?
  2. Our Shipping and Boating Accident Team Can Assist You
  3. Statute of Limitations for Shipping and Boating Accidents
  4. We Want to Help Seattle Shipping and Boating Accident Victims

If you were injured in a Seattle shipping and boating accident, the lawyers at Herschensohn Law would like to help. We can determine the monetary value of your case and pursue damages from the liable party or parties.

After any sort of negligence-related maritime accident, you deserve prompt justice, trustworthy legal representation, and proper monetary compensation. To learn more about how a Seattle boating accident lawyer can serve you, call (206) 588-4344 for a free case review.

What Is Shipping and Boating Accident Compensation?

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“Compensation” is any money you receive after someone else’s negligence causes you unnecessary pain and financial suffering. The compensation you can receive after a shipping or boating accident may depend on:

  • What kind of injury you suffered and how bad it is (e.g., are you expected to make a full recovery?)
  • How much money you had to spend due to the accident
  • The effect the accident had on your ability to earn a living

Below are common examples of the compensation we pursue for our clients. You may or may not qualify for these items. Our injury lawyers would be happy to investigate your case and determine what types of compensation you could receive, such as:

  • Lost income, or the money your injury prevented you from earning at your job
  • Lost job opportunities, or the jobs that you no longer qualify for due to permanent injuries
  • Medical expenses, or the cost of receiving necessary treatment for your injuries
  • Pain and suffering, or the physical and psychological distress stemming from both your injuries and the accident itself
  • Disfigurement, if the injuries left permanent marks on your body that cause physical and/or mental discomfort
  • Disability, or the loss of use of any part of your body (this can also include intellectual disabilities or brain damage)

Compensation is also available to individuals who lost a loved one in a fatal shipping or boating accident. We can file a wrongful death case on your behalf for the money that you deserve for your own losses and your late loved one’s suffering.

Our Shipping and Boating Accident Team Can Assist You

The dedicated team at Herschensohn Law understands how intimidating it is for the average person to file a lawsuit and stand up to powerful insurance companies. Please know that you are not alone in this fight—many people have faced similar situations. Herschensohn Law has helped others, and now we are ready to help you.

Reducing stress for our clients remains a high priority. Our Seattle shipping and boating accident lawyers will:

  • Allow you to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable
  • Work for a contingency fee, so you pay no attorney’s fees unless you get paid damages
  • Explain how the legal system works and help you make the best decisions for yourself and your family
  • Be proactive about updating you whenever something new happens with your case

We are also dedicated professionals who can handle your entire case, releasing you from the burden of navigating the legal system alone. We do this by:

  • Investigating the accident: We can start by taking your testimony, then collecting evidence from your doctor, video footage, the maritime authorities, and other sources.
  • Negotiating with the insurer: Paying a pretrial settlement is often much faster and cheaper for the insurance company than going to trial. Therefore, we may be able to persuade them to pay a fair amount without ever setting foot in a courtroom.
  • Fighting for you in court: If your lawsuit does go to trial, we will not back down. Our attorney can stand up for you in court by presenting your case and making sure the defense does not violate your rights.
  • Handling paperwork: Before you can get any money, we have to file various legal forms, such as a demand letter. You would not have to do any paperwork by yourself.
  • Quantifying your losses: You only get one chance to sue for damages, so you want to make sure that you sue for the right amount of money. We can calculate an amount that covers your past and projected losses.

Trying to handle these tasks on your own would be time-consuming and taxing. The last thing you need right now is more uncertainty. Herschensohn Law is ready to fight for you so you can keep your attention where it belongs—on your medical treatment and your loved ones.

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Statute of Limitations for Shipping and Boating Accidents

The statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit in response to your shipping or boating accident injuries. In Washington, that deadline is three years from the accident date, per RCW § 4.16.080.

This statute is just one factor you should consider when deciding if you want to take legal action. We also urge you to remember that:

  • Any delay in filing could also lead to a delay in recovering compensation
  • Evidence may begin to deteriorate or disappear
  • Remaining evidence may lose value as time goes on (e.g., witness testimony might be less detailed or reliable)

For these reasons and more, we advise potential clients to get in touch with us promptly, such as:

  • After you receive initial medical care and a diagnosis
  • Before you speak with anyone’s insurance company (they might try to push you to accept a small but fast settlement)
  • Before you contact the liable party or try to initiate any legal action on your own

While we can still help clients who have already started their cases, it is often easier for you to let us handle everything from the beginning. We invite you to contact us at your earliest opportunity.

We Want to Help Seattle Shipping and Boating Accident Victims

Whether you survived a traumatic crash or are coping with the passing of a loved one, Herschensohn Law wants to help. Our Seattle shipping and boating accident lawyers are here to help you exercise your legal right to pursue compensation. Call (206) 588-4344 for a free case evaluation today.

“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

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  1. Washington State Department of Transportation. (2019). Crashes Involving – Motorcycles. Retrieved from  

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