Admiralty / Maritime / Boating Accidents

The attorneys at Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens have nearly 40 years of experience handling "boating accidents." "Boating accidents" refer to any type of watercraft in which personal injury and property damage occurs as the result of someone else's fault. Types of cases include recreational boating collisions, as well as commercial boating injuries. Accidents may occur on any type of vessel, including crew boats, supply boats, recreational boats, fishing boats and certain types of oil rigs.

Boating and watercraft accidents can be very complex and often involve state, federal and maritime regulations. The attorneys at Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens understand the highly specialized aspects of maritime law and boat-related disputes.

Admiralty/Maritime Law

Admiralty/maritime law is a complex set of regulations dealing with injuries and transactions that occur in our waterways. These include Jones Act violations, cases under the Long Shore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, under the Death on the High Seas Act, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.


Boating litigation deals with recreational boat accidents, including collisions, capsizes, and jet ski accidents. Boating accidents can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, cuts and lacerations, spinal cord injuries, and brain injury. If the boating accident occurs as the result of the boat operator's negligence or a defective boat or boating equipment, the negligent party may be held accountable.

Factors influencing whether you may be compensated for a boat injury include, but are not limited to:

  • Whether the boat operator was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • An inadequate number or type of life jackets on board
  • Reckless or negligent boat driving
  • Driving boat in excess of posted speed limits or a reasonable speed for the conditions present
  • Missing or inoperable equipment required by state or federal agencies
Depending on the nature and circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover medical costs, rehabilitation costs, past and future loss of wages, impaired earning capacity, pain and suffering and emotional distress. In certain cases you may be able to recover punitive damages. If a loved one has been killed or injured boating accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

The attorneys at Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens have been successfully representing those who suffered property damage or personal injury while on or near the water for more than twenty-five years. They have the knowledge, skills and resources to handle any type of admiralty or boating injury.

For more information, please see our FAQs regarding Boating Accidents or contact WPTC for a free consultation with one of our Boating Accident attorneys.

Boating Accident Resources

American Boating Association
Boating Research Center
U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Safety
National Rivers Website

Boating Accident FAQs

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