Essential Steps After a Boating Accident in Rhode Island: Your Action Plan

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Feb 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

If you're injured in a boating accident in Rhode Island, you need to do some things right away for your safety, health, and any potential legal action.  Here's what to consider:

1. Prioritize Safety: Immediately ensure that everyone involved is safe.  Move to a secure area and check for injuries.  Use life jackets if you're not already wearing them.

2. Seek Medical Attention: Even if injuries seem minor, it's important to get checked by a medical professional.  Some injuries may not be immediately apparent.

3. Report the Accident: Rhode Island law requires reporting boating accidents to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) if there are serious injuries, fatalities, or significant property damage.  There is a deadline to make this report - consider asking a maritime lawyer (like John Fulweiler) to help you complete the report so that it's accurate and so that it doesn't hurt any future claim you might make seeking money for your maritime injuries.

4. Gather Evidence: Take photos of the accident scene, injuries, and any damages.  Collect contact information from all parties involved and any witnesses. This information will be vital for insurance claims or legal actions.

5. Consult a Boating Accident Attorney: Consider consulting with a maritime lawyer who specializes in boating accidents in Rhode Island - like John Fulweiler.  He's a They can advise you on your rights, help navigate the legal process, and ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.

Taking these steps will help protect your health, rights, and interests following a boating accident in Rhode Island.

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John K. Fulweiler

Proctor-In-Admiralty / Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master Formerly a partner in a New York maritime law firm, John K. Fulweiler graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Marine Affairs degree and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. In addition to being recognized by...


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