Recovering Damages for Beach Injuries
You may be able to recover damages for beach injuries
For many of you, spring and summer weather means it’s time to go to the beach. While the fun and sun are wonderful, sometimes injuries will happen. In those cases, it can be difficult to find compensation for those injuries. You need experienced legal help to identify the causes and recover damages for beach injuries.
Common Injuries at the Beach
Besides the fun and relaxation available there, the beach offers plenty of potential dangers including the following:
- injuries from water sports
- animal attacks
- cuts from discarded items
- illness from pollution or transmittable diseases
Many of these can be mild, but the risk for illness, severe injury, or death should never be taken lightly. Exercise caution when you are at the beach, and avoid drinking or other dangerous behaviors when you are there.
What to Do After an Injury
If you are injured at the beach, you need to seek treatment right away. A lifeguard or other personnel on site can help with immediate needs, but even if one isn’t available, you need to make sure you treat any injuries you sustain. When you are able, see a doctor to follow up and ensure you aren’t missing anything or allowing an infection to spread. If the accident involves witnesses to what happened, make sure you know what they saw, in case you need them to speak or testify on your behalf later. Finally, take notes when you are able so you can remember the circumstances of your injury.
Causation and Compensation
If your injury came about because of someone else’s negligence or intentional act, you are entitled to recover damages. This may be difficult for some injuries; the negligent person or people are sometimes difficult to identify. Your witnesses and notes can help here. Beyond that, make sure you speak with an experienced attorney, who can help you identify the cause and understand your potential for recovery.
If you have been injured at the beach, don’t just assume you can’t do anything about it. Contact Eisenberg Law Offices, online or at (608)256-8356, to see how we can help you.