Were You Injured On A Lake Or River?
People living in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois are fortunate to have access to recreational opportunities on the lakes and rivers of our beautiful state. These bodies of water support industries such as shipping, fishing and tourism. However, these same waterways are also the locations of many accidents involving recreational, personal and commercial watercraft — accidents that are often caused by negligence and other misconduct.
At Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. our lawyers represent clients in a wide range of boating accident cases. We build strong cases and take matters as far as needed to obtain a fair award or settlement for our clients.
As experienced trial lawyers, we are always fully prepared to proceed to trial. Over the years, we have found that this strategy encourages the other side to offer fair settlements rather than face our attorneys in the courtroom.
Personal Experience With Boating And Accident Cases
We represent clients in matters involving:
- Jet Skis and other personal watercraft
- Motorboats, pontoon boats and other motorized watercraft
- Barges and tugboats
- Container ships
- Tour and sightseeing boats
Two of our lawyers are highly experienced boat captains and sailors.
Our law firm is known for conducting thorough investigations and consulting with relevant experts and specialists to determine the cause of an accident and the long-term cost of that accident to the victim.
Your Boating Accident May Involve Products Liability
Some of our boating accident cases are products liability cases, caused by defects in the design, manufacturing or marketing of the watercraft.
For example, in one case we tried, we held Bombardier liable for the defective steering design of its 1994 Sea-Doo XP personal watercraft. Other cases involve the negligence of others such as other boaters, people on shore, marina personnel and guests onboard. Still others are workplace accidents on barges, ships or other commercial watercraft.
To speak with one of our attorneys about your accident, email us to set up a free initial consultation. We serve clients from around the Chicago region and throughout Illinois.