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Portland Boating Accident Lawyer

Oregon Boating Accident Lawyer Based in Portland, Oregon

If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident, you should schedule a free consultation so that you understand all your options.  Chad Stavley is an experienced Portland boat accident lawyer.  His office is based in northwest Portland but he handles boating accident cases throughout Oregon and Washington.  Call 503-546-8812 today.

Oregon Boating Accident Claims We Can Help With  

Oregon is a great state for boating.  Oregonians love to get out on the water from the Oregon coast to the Willamette River and the many popular Oregon lakes.  Unfortunately, many of these beautiful locations are the sites of tragic boating accidents.  Some of the most common kinds of boating accidents  include:

  • Collisions between boats
  • Alcohol-related boating crashes
  • Swimmers hit by inattentive boaters
  • Injuries from boaters striking docks
  • Propeller injuries to swimmers
  • Jet ski crashes

Some of the biggest contributing factors to boating accidents include operator inattention, operator inexperience, excessive speed, keeping an improper lookout, and boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  

Damages in a Boating Accident Case

If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident your damages might be significant.  The damages you can recover include:

  • Medical expenses for necessary medical treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Property damage and other expenses
  • Future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering damages

Our Approach To Boating Accidents

Get All The Evidence

Like any personal injury case, the first stage of a boating accident claim is to gather all the evidence we will need to win your case.  This means getting any pictures, videos, physical evidence, and witnesses necessary to prove liability.  

We will make sure to gather all the evidence available.  

Retain The Best Experts

Sometimes the facts of a boating accident may not clearly point to the person responsible without the help of experts with specialized knowledge.  In these cases, it is important that your lawyer be willing and able to retain the best experts possible who can explain how your injuries are the result of the negligence of the boat operator.  

We will get the best experts available to help build your case.

Understand Your Injuries

A good personal injury attorney can't properly value your injury claim before fully understanding your serious injuries and how those will impact your life.  This is more than just listing your boating accident injuries and medical expenses.  Good Portland boat accident attorneys will meet with your treating doctors and experts to really understand your injuries.

We will meet with your doctors and retain medical experts when necessary to fully understand your injuries so that we can present your case clearly.  

Determine Your Damages

Your damages in a boating accident case can include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, future wage losses, medical equipment, housing modifications in serious cases, property damage, pain and suffering damages, and sometimes punitive damages.  

We will evaluate all the available damages in your case so that you get the best financial compensation possible.  

Keep You Informed

Clients always feel better when they understand what is happening in their case and how it is moving forward.  A good boating accident attorney will make sure that the client understands the process and keep the client updated.  

We will make sure you understand what we are doing and keep you updated on how the case is progressing.  Also, we return phone calls as soon as possible.  You won't be left wondering what is happening in your boating accident case.

Be Aggressive

A good personal injury attorney pushes hard when they have a good case.  There will likely be a huge insurance company on the other side of your case and they will have lawyers dedicated to making sure you fail to recover compensation or get very little.  Your lawyer should be aggressive in pushing every advantage you have.  

Why Choose Us?

When looking for Portland boating accident attorneys you should focus on knowledge, experience, result, and a fair fee agreement.


Chad understands the unique dangers presented in recreational boating accidents.  He grew up in a commercial fishing family in Alaska.  He has operated both powerboats and sailboats.  

More importantly, Chad understands the courtroom. Chad is a trial lawyer with eighteen years of courtroom experience and approximately 100 trials to his credit.  If you are looking for a lawyer to handle your boating accident case, make sure the lawyer has trial experience.  Otherwise, you may be at the mercy of the insurance company.  

Trial Experience

You probably think that every Portland personal injury attorney has significant courtroom experience.  You would be wrong about that.  The civil jury trial is becoming rarer and rarer. Many personal injury lawyers have never had a trial.  

What happens if the defense never makes a good offer on your boating accident lawsuit and it has to go to a jury?  Sometimes insurance adjusters fail to value serious injuries and a trial is necessary.  You will want to make sure you have someone with trial experience.

Chad Stavley has been a trial lawyer with approximately 100 jury trials.  He understands how a trial works and how to present your case so that you have the best chance to recover compensation.

A History Of Results

We are proud of our results and the many five-star reviews we have received from past clients. Take a few minutes to look at our results page and read our reviews to understand what we can do.  

No Fee Until You Win

We don't take any fee until we win your case.  If we don't win, you don't owe us anything.  When considering lawyers, make sure you select a lawyer who will take your claim on a contingency fee basis.  

We also advance all case costs including the costs of obtaining medical records, deposition costs, court filing fees, expert retainers, and other fees.  That can add up to a lot of money.  Make sure your lawyer is willing to fund your boating accident case.  

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Portland Boating Accident Attorney Chad Stavley

Call Portland boating accident lawyer Chad Stavley today for a free consultation.  Let him explain all your legal options.  Call 503-546-8812.

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