Boating Accidents

 We are fortunate in Western New York to have vast boating opportunities from Lake Ontario, through the Finger Lakes and the Erie Canal.  Each summer thousands of boaters take to our waterway on a wide range of boats and personal water crafts (i.e., jet skis).  Operation of these vessels takes special skill, training, experience, and in some cases, certification.  Unfortunately, all too often the operators of these vessels fail to follow the rules of the road, do not heed weather advisories, or simply fail to appreciate their surroundings which leads to horrific collisions with other boats, a fixed obstacle, or swimmers in the water. 

Recover with us.  In confidence.

Representative examples of our work include:

Image result for blue arrow Our client was using home exercise equipment when a cable snapped, striking his face and causing permanent eye injury. His occupation requires extensive reading. We worked with a forensic engineering expert from a local university who determined that the design of the equipment was defective. As a result of our litigation team's investigation and advocacy, this federal court case settled for seven times the original offer made during negotiation.  

When products are defective in manufacture, design, or because of inadequate warnings, manufacturers and sellers can be liable for resulting injuries to conscientious users.

 

Image result for blue arrow Our client slipped down icy interior stairs in an office building. She suffered serious injuries to both of her hips, requiring several surgeries. Although the building's management knew the stairs were dangerous due to the ice, they did not act to make the stairs safe. As a result of our litigation team's investigation and advocacy, the case settled for three times the original offer made by the building management's insurance company.

 Building owners and managers have a duty to keep premises safe. When they are made aware of a dangerous condition and do not fix it quickly, they can be liable for resulting injuries.