Boating AccidentInjuries

Six Most Common Injuries after a Boating Accident

Chris Feb 21, 2019

There are plenty of opportunities for boaters to enjoy the waterways of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When you go out for a day on the water you are taking risks. You can be the safest boater on the water, but if you encounter other boaters who don’t follow the rules or are reckless, you could easily find yourself involved in a boating accident. Today, we will examine the six most common injuries after a boating accident in Louisiana.

Injuries to the Brain

Injuries to the brain occur quite often in boating accidents. Head trauma is a serious problem that can change your life in an instant. Brain injuries occur in two ways when a victim is involved in a boating accident. The first cause is impact. When the boat collides with another boat or a standing object, the passengers will be thrown about. A victim who hits their head can suffer a brain injury or other trauma. The second way brain injuries happen is via oxygen deprivation, which most often occurs when a person is submerged under water for a prolonged period.



Drowning is one of the most common boating injuries. When a boat crashes, capsizes or catches fire, the passengers can be thrown into the water. If they cannot swim, have trouble swimming, or are knocked unconscious, they can wind up drowning. Swimming can be impossible if the victim is sucked underwater by the pressure of the boat sinking or other factors.

Injuries to the Spinal Cord

The spinal cord can suffer severe injuries in a boating accident. The injuries could be so serious that the victim becomes disabled. There doesn’t need to be a boating accident for a passenger to suffer spinal cord injuries. If the boat is traveling too fast and bounces too hard up and down on waves, a passenger’s spinal cord can be compressed, which can lead to serious injuries.


Whiplash, much like injuries to the spinal cord, can also be caused during a boating accident or without an accident. It doesn’t take much for a boat passenger to suffer whiplash. If the captain accelerates too quickly and the passenger is not prepared, their head could snap backwards, causing whiplash. Whiplash is most common when a boat is impacted by another boat or when it hits a standing object.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are common boating accident injuries, but they are not as severe as the other injuries mentioned. Broken bones might still require surgery to repair and months on end to rehabilitate and they are likely to wreak havoc on your daily life. A passenger can suffer a broken bone simply by slipping and falling on the boat’s wet floor or tripping and falling over a piece of equipment that wasn’t stored properly.


Boat passengers can be electrocuted if the appliances aboard the ship or the ship’s electrical system are not properly maintained. With so much water around the boat, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for a boater to suffer electrocution during a boating accident.

Contact an Attorney Today

Were you or a loved one injured in a boating accident in Louisiana? If so, it’s important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney about your situation. Contact the Schwartz Law Firm in New Orleans at 504-837-2263 to schedule an appointment.

About Author: Chris

Legal Support and Marketing Director

Schwartz Law Firm was founded by Christopher Schwartz in 1997. After obtaining his MBA and law degrees, Christopher Schwartz served as a Workers Compensation claims adjuster. This experience gave him a view of the system from the inside and inspired him to begin his own practice. Christopher Schwartz has successfully represented many injured employees in Longshore claims, Jones Act claims, and Personal Injury claims. He is a tough negotiator, whose track record includes multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Chris has also authored a book titled “The Road to Justice”. In his book, Chris outlines how he and his colleagues fight for public safety and what role his clients can play in winning their own personal injury cases. Chris is a native of New Orleans and has practiced law in Louisiana for 14 years. As a result, he understands local laws and feels a special loyalty to local people. He takes every case personally. Chris is available to represent clients anywhere in Louisiana and Maritime clients anywhere in the Gulf South. But he is also qualified to represent Defense Base Act clients anywhere in the world outside the U.S. He also focuses on auto accidents, semi-trailer accidents, 18-wheeler accidents and slip & fall accidents.