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Loved one's fatal boating accident potentially compensable

With the passing of Labor Day, it's the unofficial end of summer. While summer may be nearly over, the events of this summer could affect the rest of a person's life. This is because every summer, Berks families and other Pennsylvania area families experience boating accidents. Some prove to be fatal.

A fatal boating accident could happen on rivers or lakes. It could happen out on the ocean. These incidents are often very sudden and unexpected and can cause a lot of trauma for the loved ones left behind. Oftentimes, loved ones aren't present at the scene of the fatal boat accident. Trying to get a grip on the events leading up to the accident can feel overwhelming and daunting.

With any fatality, an investigation will be conducted by authorities. Depending where this is, it could mean local law enforcement, the Coast Guard or another investigative body. The investigation can release clues as to what caused the accident. Depending on their findings, the family could seek damages against another person believed negligence, an employer believed negligence or potentially even the boat company themselves if the boat had a manufacturer or design defect that caused the boat to operate improperly.

Proving fault of the appropriate parties could mean damages for the loved one's family members. Spouses, children and even parents have been named as plaintiffs in past wrongful death suits. Wrongful death suits seek damages for losses loved ones have incurred, and will continue to experience, with their loved one not being a part of their life in the future. They can seek damages related to medical expenses, funeral expenses and lost wages.

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