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Old 08-29-2017, 02:55 PM   #1
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Recommendation for a Maritime Attorney

Need some recommendations for maritime attorneys that can practice in Washington State. The idiot that distroyed my dock shed did not have insurance on his boat.

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Old 08-29-2017, 03:40 PM   #2
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:38 PM   #3
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Hardly seems like a maritime event if the shed was built on land. Would have thought any decent attorney would be able to sue for damage to a building whether caused by a car or a boat.
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Hardly seems like a maritime event if the shed was built on land. Would have thought any decent attorney would be able to sue for damage to a building whether caused by a car or a boat.
Saw a photo...shed was on floats.
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So I guess it was a boat vs boat collision
Did the shed have its nav lights on??
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I would want a maritime atty for this situation. If it goes to litigation,the boat owner will surely have one...... And he'll hope the boathouse owner doesn't.
Attorneys specialize for a reason.
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The specialty I s called admiralty law and is different than general civil law
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Wouldn't you go to your insurance company....and then they'd go after the other guy ?
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Is the shed covered by your insurance? If so, file a claim with your insurance, and let them go after the other person. Let it be their problem, not yours. That's what you pay premiums for.
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Before I spent any money on an attorney I wold investigate the person that did the damage.

The thought is that if he doesn't have boat insurance, does he have any assets?

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Also, does the damage fit within small claims limits?
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Also, does the damage fit within small claims limits?
Boating and SMALL claims sounds like an oxymoron.....
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Good point made to have your insurance cover the loss, then subrogate on your behalf. Their pockets are much deeper than yours...
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Boating and SMALL claims sounds like an oxymoron.....
I don't know the extent of the damage, but California allows suits for $10,000 in small claims, more than most states. $10,000 for individuals to sue, $5,000 for Corporations.
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Good point made to have your insurance cover the loss, then subrogate on your behalf. Their pockets are much deeper than yours...
They also can afford better lawyers and they know when it's worth suing. They will often decide just to pay and you might be upset they did so, but they recognized that the cost of litigation vs the likelihood of ever collecting money wasn't worth it.
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So the shed is part of the dock and not on land. The boat owner who caused the damage is uninsured and his wake in a "no wake" zone is the cause of the damage.


I have insurance on my dock, but it is only liability. Bummer me on that one. I have been trying to get full coverage on it, but have not been able to find a company that will insure just docks. Floating home, yes not just docks.
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An update on the sinking of my storage shed.

Well the jerk, Robert Brown, that sunk our storage shed on our dock has been found guilty of "Reckless Operation of a Vessel" was found guilty and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $31,000. That amount does cover all the damage, but helps.
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Tom, would your insurance cover the balance? Or his liability insurance?


Also, did you notify the USCG of the accident? I would think they'd be interested in knowing about this jerk's lack of ability at the helm and lack of financial ability.
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If that judgment is in Washington and Mr. Burns is as well then take that judgment and record it with the auditor in the county where Mr. Burns lives. The judgment will become a title lien against any real property he may own which would be paid in the event of his refinance or sale. The recording may also protect you in the event he files bankruptcy. You can also do a title search to see if he owns property anywhere else, and make a similar recording. Recording should cost you about $110 for each county.
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If that judgment is in Washington and Mr. Burns is as well then take that judgment and record it with the auditor in the county where Mr. Burns lives. The judgment will become a title lien against any real property he may own which would be paid in the event of his refinance or sale. The recording may also protect you in the event he files bankruptcy. You can also do a title search to see if he owns property anywhere else, and make a similar recording. Recording should cost you about $110 for each county.

Thank you. We will do that.



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Tom, would your insurance cover the balance? Or his liability insurance?


Also, did you notify the USCG of the accident? I would think they'd be interested in knowing about this jerk's lack of ability at the helm and lack of financial ability.
I did contact the CG when it happened, but was told to contact local authorities. Based on the amount, I wonder if they would get involved.

Mr. Brown did not have any insurance of any kind on his boat. My insurance does not cover it.
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