Boating and jet ski injuries

What to do if you were Injured in a boating incident

Boating accidents

Boating should be a fun and enjoyable experience for all, but accidents and injuries can occur. If you’ve suffered from a watercraft incident such as a boat, jet ski, trawler, catamaran, etc., take control and file a lawsuit with Cronauer Law to receive compensation for your pain, suffering, lost income, and medical expenses.

If the boat itself caused injuries

Federal, state, and international maritime laws regulate boat design to ensure passenger safety and prevent common boating incidents such:

  • Water entering the cabin
  • Engine gas leaks
  • Gas fumes accumulating
  • Loss of control of the boat

Insurance companies are quick to blame the passengers of the boat if anything goes wrong. It takes a law firm who is experienced in uncovering evidence to prove the boat was the cause of the accident. 

If somebody was reckless/ negligent

An operator may be considered negligent for:
  • Hitting a wave or wake at an excessive speed
  • Deciding to navigate in a storm that could cause people to fall overboard
  • Propellers making contact
  • Operating at a high speed
  • Failing to carry safety equipment on board
  • Collisions with other boats or fixed object(s)
  • Overcrowding and overloading the vessel

Operating the boat under influence

Illinois state law prohibits operating or being in actual physical control of any watercraft within the state while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the individuals responsible to control the boat safely was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact Cronauer so that we can review your case.

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You may be entitled to compensation

We represent people throughout the United States who have been seriously injured or killed by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of others. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial burdens that our clients face during these times, and we work tirelessly to secure the compensation they deserve.

If you have been injured, or your loved one has died as the result of another’s careless conduct, contact us today. We can be reached at (815) 895-8585.

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How much time do you have to file a case?

The law limits the amount of time you can file a claim and collect damages for your injury. That law is called the Statute of Limitations. No matter how great your loss, you will not be able to collect if you miss this deadline. Your lawyer will know all the deadlines and limits the law has outlined for your injuries. Putting a claim together can take time, so it’s important to consult with a lawyer near you as soon as possible.

The statute of limitations that generally applies to personal-injury claims in Illinois is found in 735 ILCS 5/13-202.

“[a]ctions for damages for an injury to the person . . . shall be commenced within 2 years next after the cause of action accrued.”

If you don’t file a lawsuit within 2 years from the date of the accident, your case will not be able to be heard in court, and lose your right to get any compensation

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Cronauer Law has years of experience representing clients who have been seriously injured.

We know what it takes to win, and have prepared the  the steps we need to take to get the best outcome clients can expect from hiring a lawyer.


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If you were injured in any way–medically, emotionally, physically, in a car, at work, on the street–then you may have a case. Employers, companies, and individuals have a “duty of care.” This term refers to each person’s obligation to avoid actions or situations that endanger other people.

Personal injury attorneys offer their services on what is called a “contingency fee” basis. That means we pay for all the upfront costs of your case–hiring specialists, paying court fees, even assessing medical care. You owe us nothing, and we only take a fee if you win your case.

As soon as possible, ideally. Give our personal injury law firm a call to speak with one of our staff members confidentially, even if it’s not normal business hours where you are. Also feel free to fill out our contact form with some basic information about you and your case. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Once we’ve investigated the basic details of your injuries and your case, we’ll be able to tell you how much compensation you’re entitled to. While we (and no ethical attorney) can make promises regarding your case, we can help calculate the costs and lost wages caused by your harm.

Cronauer law injury attorneys have tried virtually every type and size of plaintiff’s claim possible. We’ve handled cases on behalf of people injured in car crashes, Engineers injured in a slip and fall, and even businessmen who have been wronged by their partners. Our firm has made a name for itself in a variety of legal areas. Our results in complex areas like commercial litigation, trucking accidents, Criminal Defense, and Product Liability barely scratch the surface. Whatever the nature of your injury, we have the experience and resources to demand compensation on your behalf.

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Duty of Care

In tort law, a duty of care is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others. It is the first element that must be established to proceed with an action in negligence. The claimant must be able to show a duty of care imposed by law which the defendant has breached. In turn, breaching a duty may subject an individual to liability. The duty of care may be imposed by operation of law between individuals with no current direct relationship (familial or contractual or otherwise), but eventually become related in some manner, as defined by common law (meaning case law).