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3 catastrophic injuries in boating accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Personal Injury

Recreational boating is a great way to unwind and enjoy the serenity of the water, soaking up the sun with family and friends. However, accidents happen and unfortunately, some can result in catastrophic injuries.

Victims of boating accident injuries can pursue legal avenues for compensation if the accident was caused by negligence. Catastrophic injuries may include the following.

1. Traumatic brain injuries

In a boating accident, victims may experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the force of impact with another vessel, a stationary object or even being thrown overboard. TBIs can lead to cognitive problems, memory loss and other debilitating symptoms that can significantly impact one’s quality of life.

2. Spinal cord injuries

Boating accidents can cause sudden and severe trauma to the spinal cord, causing various degrees of paralysis. The impact of a collision, especially at high speeds, can compress or fracture the vertebrae, damaging the delicate spinal cord tissue. Depending on the location of the injury, victims may experience paraplegia (loss of movement and sensation in the lower body) or quadriplegia.

3. Drowning

Boating accidents can lead to individuals being thrown overboard or trapped underwater, putting them at risk of drowning. Even strong swimmers can struggle to stay afloat in turbulent waters or if injured during the accident. Drowning is a leading cause of death in boating accidents and can occur rapidly, especially if the victim is unconscious or incapacitated. 

Survivors of near-drowning incidents may suffer from secondary complications such as hypoxia (oxygen deprivation to the brain), which may cause long-term neurological damage or cognitive impairments. The emotional trauma of experiencing or witnessing a drowning can also have lasting effects on survivors and their loved ones, making it a catastrophic outcome of boating accidents.

To improve the likelihood of success in a personal injury claim stemming from a boating accident, consider seeking legal guidance.