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Lose a loved one in a fatal offshore accident? Help is available

Rhode Island is home to a gorgeous coastline and beautiful waterways. Needless to say, boating activities are a common occurrence in this state. Unfortunately, boating accidents do occur on occasion, and those who have lost a loved one in a fatal offshore accident may wonder if they have any legal recourse.

Boating laws are different than driving laws, but this doesn't excuse boaters who exhibit reckless behavior from facing any consequences for their actions. It is possible to be charged for boating accidents that are caused due to negligent behavior. Apart from any criminal charges filed in association with reckless boat usage, victims of that negligent behavior retain the right to pursue civil claims in an effort to recoup any financial losses suffered as a result.

Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal offshore accident may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim, along with any appropriate survival actions, against the individual believed to be responsible. Claims that are successfully litigated in a federal court or in a Rhode Island civil court can be awarded monetary relief. To learn more about how a personal injury attorney can help you with a wrongful death action case, please visit our Newport Personal Injury Attorneys page.

Boating is generally a fun and relaxing past time. Sadly, accidents do happen and lives are lost. When a fatal offshore accident does occur due to negligent behavior, it can be difficult for surviving family members to move forward. A personal injury attorney in Rhode Island can help those who have lost a loved in this way one fight for compensation, and hopefully help them gain a sense of closure in the process.

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