Summertime in Wisconsin is perfect for enjoying time on the water. Whether you are setting sail on a family-friendly pontoon, fishing boat, or old canoe, a day on the lake just can’t be beaten.

However, there are safety risks involved with boating. Speeding, negligence, drinking, and inexperience are all common causes of boating accidents in Wisconsin. In this post, we want to share a few tips to help you stay safe on the water this summer.

How to Stay Safe While Boating in Wisconsin

  • Wearing a life jacket - According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 80% of boating accident deaths could be avoided by wearing life jackets. When a boating accident occurs, you have limited time to stretch and get your stowed life jackets. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure that you and everyone on board has a life jacket while boating.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol - Alcohol consumption while boating is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on board. Remember that intoxicated swimmers and passengers are also more likely to drown.
  • Be weather-wise - Whether you are operating a boat during the summer, spring or fall season, always consider carrying a radio and watching out for the weather. Sometimes, wind shifts and choppy water can be telltale signs of a brewing storm. Get to shore as soon as you realize the weather is about to change.
  • Don’t overload the boat - It’s essential to follow your boat’s load limit restrictions. Overloading your boat can make it unstable and surge the risk of swamping or capsizing.
  • Ensure all operators are trained - Human error is a leading cause of boating accidents. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that all operators can effectively navigate and operate the boat. You can do this by ensuring boating operators take a boating safety course that includes reading the weather, boat handling, and navigation.
  • Maintain a safe speed - Like on the road, you can face penalties or fines for overspeeding on the water. Since there are no lanes on water and different water vessels zig-zag everywhere, it can be challenging for speeding boats to avoid collisions. Therefore, it is essential to ensure you excess caution and obey the speed limits.

What Should You Do After a Boating Accident?

After a boating accident, you should ensure that everyone on board is safe. If there are injuries, loss of life, property damage in excess of $2,000 or the total loss of a boat, you are required to report the incident to law enforcement without delay.  

As with other accidents, it is essential to gather evidence immediately. You need to collect police reports, witness testimonies, videos, and photos of the scene. A Milwaukee boating accident attorney will help you gather the evidence you need to establish a strong case against the party at fault.

Contact a Milwaukee Boating Accident Attorney

At Natasha Misra Law, we are ready to help you get the compensation you need to move forward after a boat accident. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist in strengthening your case.

In this blog post, we explore some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury law. While personal injury can encompass many practice areas, such as car accidents, dog bites, and slip and fall, the basic premise of each claim is similar. Keep reading to learn more about personal injury law and how you can recover compensation for your injuries after an accident.

Who is Responsible for My Accident?

The person responsible for your accident is often one who caused it to happen. However, liability may depend on several factors, including when, where, and how the crash happened. Auto accidents, for example, often occur due to driver negligence, recklessness, or distracted driving. However, poor road conditions, lack of signage, manufacturing defects and other factors can impact who is ultimately responsible for an accident.

Sometimes, more than one party can be liable for the accident. For example, multiple motorists may be at fault in a highway pile-up. In some cases, a car manufacturer or government entity may be responsible for the accident.

At Natasha Misra Law, we will review the facts of your case to uncover all sources of potential recovery.

What Can I Recover from a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

If you sustain injuries in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the person who caused your injuries in the form of damages. The types of damages you recover from a personal lawsuit include:

  • Past and future medical expenses – including medical bills, medical supplies, hospitalization, diagnostic care, prescriptions, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and other medical services
  • Pain and suffering – including psychological turmoil and physical pain suffered due to the crash
  • Lost wages, and lost overtime pay for missed work and loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage – including compensation for repairing or replacing property such as vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and personal possessions
  • Loss of consortium
  • Permanent disability

What Types Of Accidents Are Considered Personal Injury?

The common types of practice areas that can be considered personal injury include:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian injuries
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective product
  • Wrongful death

Other forms of personal injury cases may include animal and dog bites, hit and run accidents, uninsured motorist claims, nursing home neglect or abuse, legal malpractice, spinal cord injuries, boat accidents, and other catastrophic accidents. Natasha Misra Law firm handles a wide range of personal injury cases and can give you the legal representation you need.

What Does A Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney Do?

A Milwaukee personal injury attorney will handle your legal claim for compensation from start to finish. Your attorney will be your representative in negotiations and in court, advocating for your rights to recovery at every stage of your case. Above all, your personal injury attorney will provide guidance, support, and advice that will help you navigate the ins and outs of your claim and maximize the compensation you are owed.

At Natasha Misra Law, we provide compassionate, yet aggressive representation for accident victims. Among other things, our law firm can help you with:

  • Collecting evidence and investigating your claim
  • Gathering and reviewing your medical documents
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Documenting injuries and expenses
  • Determining damages
  • Representing you through trial
  • Protecting you from the legal system and insurance companies

When Do I Need To File A Personal Injury Claim?

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party's fault and received medical treatment, you should not wait to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims have a filing deadline, known as a Statute of Limitations. If you fail to file your claim within this time frame, then you will not be able to seek compensation for your accident in the future. Starting the process now can help you avoid a last-minute rush to the courthouse or risk of missing the filing deadline.

Should I Try To Settle A Personal Injury Claim On My Own?

After an accident, insurance representatives may start calling to try to settle your potential personal injury claim. They may offer an initial settlement offer, pressuring you to accept less than what your case is worth.

While you are within your rights to discuss your claim with the insurance companies and attempt to negotiate payment on your own, it is wise to consult with a personal injury attorney first. Insurance companies have their own attorneys who are willing to fight your case and diminish the value of your claim. By hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you, you can focus on your physical recovery knowing that your attorney is fighting for payment for your medical bills, property damage, and other losses.

Insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind. Contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney like Natasha Misra today for a free consultation and learn more about how an attorney can help your case.

What Should I Do After An Accident?

Immediately after an accident, the first thing you should do is to stop and make sure that you and everyone else is safe. Take a moment to assess your injuries and property damage (if you can) before calling law enforcement or first responders. If it is safe to do so, you may also want to take photos of the accident and collect contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.

Of course, you should seek immediate medical treatment after an accident. Even if your injuries appear relatively minor, you should get a proper medical diagnosis. Not only will medical records help support your claim, but you may also discover underlying injuries, such as a brain injury, broken bones and soft tissue damage.

What Should I Expect When Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

When you hire Natasha Misra, you can expect personalized attention, fair treatment, and dedication in fighting for your rights to achieve impressive compensation for your losses and injuries. At Natasha Misra Law, consultations are free of charge, and represent clients on a contingency fee basis - meaning you do not pay unless we win. Our team will handle every aspect of your case from start to finish, keeping you informed along the way.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.