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.

If you are injured on the job, you may wonder how to go about seeking compensation for your losses. Who is responsible for your injuries? What are the potential sources of recovery?

You may have heard of personal injury claims and workers comp lawsuits - both of which can reimburse an injured victim for damages sustained in work-related injuries. However, what many people don’t know is that these two types of claims are vastly different. In this blog post, we will break down the differences between them. 

What is the Difference between Workers Compensation and Personal Injury?

The most straightforward way to distinguish the two claims is the issue of fault. Personal injury claims are based on fault, while workers comp claims are not.

Accidents often happen when no one is at fault. However, in a personal injury claim, you must establish that someone acted negligently and this negligence caused your injuries. You establish negligence by showing that the at-fault party owed you a duty of reasonable care, breached that duty, and that breach was a substantial factor in causing your injuries.

In a workers comp claim, however, the traditional negligence analysis does not necessarily apply. Any employee injured on the job is entitled to some payout from the employer’s workers compensation policy. While exceptions do apply, workers compensation generally has nothing to do with fault. In other words, you need not prove that your employer did anything wrong in order to recover some payout.

If I Get Workers Compensation, Can I Still File A Personal Injury Claim?

Generally, not against your employer. Workers comp claims are designed to compensate injured employees while protecting employers from lawsuits against them. As such, if you file a workers comp claim, you generally forfeit your right to sue your employer for negligence. There are a few narrow exceptions to this rule, however, so be sure to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights.

However, if the negligence of a another party caused your injuries, then you may be able to also bring a third party liability claim against that party.

What is A Third Party Liability Claim?

When you are injured on the job, you can bring a workers compensation claim without having to prove fault. However, in some cases you can also bring a third party liability claim. This refers to a bodily injury caused by a third party’s negligent or reckless conduct.

These situations may arise when a third party unrelated to your employer causes the accident. A common example is when someone driving in the course of their employment gets hit by another party.

If you bring a third party liability claim, you will need to prove the third party’s fault. This involves walking through the traditional negligence analysis, just as you would in a personal injury lawsuit.

Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney after A Work-Related Injury

To better understand your case and which course of action is the best for you, contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you pinpoint the best approach for your case, identify liable parties, gather evidence, and preserve your claim before vital evidence fades or the statute of limitations tolls. 

Contact Natasha Misra Law today to schedule a free consultation by calling our office at (414) 210-3834.

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.