Those who are injured in accidents when someone else is at fault have the right to discuss their options with a lawyer, and the family members of those who are killed, have the same right. Personal injury law in British Columbia outlines the options those people have under a definitive set of guidelines. The people who were hurt — and the families of those who were killed — in a recent boating crash involving Canadian TV personality Kevin O’Leary have the option of launching personal injury lawsuits.
The drivers and owners of the crafts involved in the incident could be faced with lawsuits involving millions of dollars. The maximum amount the owner of a smaller private vessel can be sued for loss of life or personal injury under Canada’s Marine Liability Act is $1 million per boat. The Aug. 24 boat crash happened on Muskoka’s Lake Joseph and resulted in the deaths of two individuals.
The OPP has been investigating boaters’ injuries and forensics to figure out where everyone was sitting in each boat during the crash. It has not said whether alcohol was involved. Apparently, O’Leary has been trying to get a video of the crash from a cottage surveillance system to show the other boat didn’t have lights on.
Suffering a personal injury can be a life-changing experience. It can affect a person’s ability to earn a living and cause pain and suffering. British Columbia residents who suffer these injuries may find it helpful to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible to get advice on how to proceed in the compensation process. Family members of those who die as a result of someone else’s negligence also have the right to discuss their options with a lawyer.