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Injured in a boat accident?

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We serve accident victims in San Diego, Escondido, Oceanside, El Cajon, Poway, La Jolla, Del Mar, Chula Vista, and all other towns and cities in San Diego County and beyond


We’re fighting for the rights of the injured and to make our communities safer for everyone.

If you’ve been hurt in a boat accident in San Diego, fight back with an expert personal injury attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

The attorneys here at the Elia Law Firm in San Diego are experts in the field of boat accident injuries as they pertain to the law. We have an over 95% success rate in obtaining monetary recovery our personal injury clients. We will ensure that negligent parties are held accountable for their actions (or lack thereof), and will seek compensation on your behalf to help cover the costs of medical bills and other fees that are associated with your boat accident and injury.

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Just what compensation from your boating accident are you entitled to?

1. Property damage: This includes damages to your car and other personal property.

2. Past and current medical bills: If you were seriously injured in an auto accident, or even if you only suffered minor injuries, you are entitled to full compensation.

3. Future medical bills: You may not be fully healed, or you may have injuries that have long-term effects that need ongoing medical treatment. We are well-versed on what those may be and what their potential value is. We’ll fight for these for you.

4. Current and past lost wages: If you could not work because of your injuries, you are entitled to seek recovery for any and all lost wages.

5. Future lost wages: While ongoing lost wages are easy to calculate, future lost wages are not. Will you be able to work next month or next year? It’s not always easy to predict. We know how to get you the maximum amount you are entitled to.

6. Pain and suffering: This is not easy to put a value on, but here again you are entitled to compensation for any pain and suffering you have to endure as a result of your car accident whether it be physical or mental. We will seek to recover money for all the pain and suffering you have already endured, and that which you may have to endure in the future.

7. Loss of enjoyment: If you are no longer able to do the activities you once enjoyed because of your injuries, you deserve compensation.

How long will your boating accident case take?

Getting to trial may take 1-2 years or more. See the timeline here.

Careful! You can ruin your boating accident case!

Here are 20 ways you can ruin your chance of success in your case.

Driver inattention and reckless driving kill on water as on land

Boating accidents may not be as prevalent as motor vehicle accidents, but they are deadly nevertheless. Without lanes, stop lights, or even many other boats out on the open water, a handful of boating enthusiasts do not consider the ramifications that reckless steering of a boat truly has on other individuals. When safety standards are neglected, and individuals are injured out on the open seas, those responsible for causing the boating accident can be held responsible for their reckless actions.

Boating accidents are on the rise and becoming a greater cause for concern amongst boating enthusiasts.

According to the Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, there were 5,223 recreational boating accidents in 2007, an increase of 256 incidents from the previous yearProperty damage resulting from recreational boating accidents hit a record $53,288,858 in 2007, crushing the record set the year before. Furthermore, and most importantly, the number of injuries sustained from recreational boating accidents rose from 3,474 in 2006 to 3,686 in 2007, an indication that boating accidents are becoming a greater cause for concern amongst boating enthusiasts and all others who find themselves partaking in recreational boating.

As with any other vehicular accident, the causes of boating incidents resulting in injury center-around negligence. Driver inattention, reckless driving of the boat, including traveling at speeds in excess of those recommended to preserve safety, and driving under the influence of alcohol, are all factors that contribute to boating accidents. Furthermore, a lack of training and knowledge in operating boats, and a refusal to follow safety procedure are other factors that greatly increase the likelihood of a boating accident occurring. In fact, almost 75% of deaths that occur on boats result from the boat operator not having been properly trained in either safety procedure or general driving practice.
  • Injuries that result from boating accidents in San Diego are not always the fault of the individual that was injured.
  • If another person chooses to operate a boat in a reckless manner, and someone is hurt as a result, then the reckless boat operator can be held liable for damages associated with the accident.
  • Medical bills, physical therapy fees, and other costs associated with injuries brought on by the accident are all compensatory damages that may be sought after in a court of law.
  • If a San Diego boating accident results in personal injury or even wrongful death, then individuals affected by the accident, including family members, are also allowed to seek damages from negligent parties.

Regardless of the type of injury, it is important to remember that the best plan of action in any San Diego boating injury case is to retain the services of skilled legal counsel that has experience dealing with maritime accidents.

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If your boat accident injury is due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation.

Obtaining compensation isn’t easy. First you need to prove negligence, and then you need to be prepared to face the opposing side. You need tough boating injury attorneys. You need the San Diego Elia Law Firm, APC.

So don’t stand back and take a token settlement, or worse, do nothing. And don’t delay. You may have limited time to retain an attorney and file a civil lawsuit.

If you’ve been injured in a boating accident in the San Diego area, consult with one of our attorneys now. We will let you know if you have a case and even what it is worth. The sooner we go to work, the sooner you can pay for the medical attention you need.

There is never any fee until we win! 

Suffering with injuries sustained through no fault of your own?

Contact our San Diego law firm for a free case evaluation today!

Frequently asked questions on boating accident cases

The value of your case depends on many factors. Every San Diego boating accident case is different. One factor is the nature and extent of your injury. Some people heal faster than others. One person may heal in a week, while another may take six months, a year, or may never heal from the injury. Another factor is the amount of your medical bills, future medical bills and lost earnings, etc. Contact our office at (619) 444-2244 for accurate advice on the value of your case.

Our office works with a variety of doctors in the San Diego who can provide immediate medical treatment and defer payment until the case is finished.

You pay us only IF we recover compensation for you through a settlement with the insurance company or a verdict through the court. If we do not recover compensation for you, you do NOT have to pay us for our time.

This depends on the extent of your injury. Typically, a San Diego personal injury case takes anywhere from two to eight months. Sometimes, cases take longer if they are more complex or if a lawsuit is filed. See our personal injury lawsuit timeline page for all the details on how long your case may take.

Not necessarily. Sometimes you are far better off without filing a lawsuit. Our San Diego personal injury law office typically files a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, if any. We then attempt to negotiate with the insurance company. If you are dissatisfied with the insurance company’s offer, we may decide to file a lawsuit.

  • Property damage
  • Past, current and future medical bills
  • Past, current and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment

Putting a monetary value to each of those is what boating accident attorneys do for their clients, and then we fight hard to attain you what you deserve. As in all San Diego personal injury cases, you are up against a behemoth in the insurance company which does not have your best interests in mind. They goal is to pay you as little as possible, and you are at a disadvantage if you try to take them on yourself. There is no need. That’s what we are here for. Let us fight the battle. 

Some of our achievements…

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$4.0 M

MVA vs. Pedestrian


MVA vs. Pedestrian vs. Hit & Run (maximum insurance policy limits obtained)


$3.9 M

Auto Accident


Settlement for a rear end car crash resulting in catastrophic injuries


$3.8 M

Wrongful Death


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$2.0 M

Premises Liability


Premises Liability


$1.7 M

Wrongful Death


Wrongful death case (limited insurance – multiple claimants)


Numbers have been rounded up to fit in allowable space. For actual numbers see our Case Results.


Protect yourself!

If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you may deserve compensation. Don’t go it alone. It’s very likely an attorney can get you more and get you fully compensated. 

Request a free phone consultation now. Find out what your case is really worth! We will also send you our “20 ways you can ruin your case” PDF to print out and help you even more!