Were you injured in an accident out on the water? Trust the Best team with your claim.

If you were involved in an accident on our waterways or out at sea, you need a team you can trust to get you your Best possible result.

What do you need to know about Water Sport and Boating Accident Compensation Claims?

With access to so many beautiful dams, lakes, rivers and beaches, a lot of Queenslanders spend much of their time outdoors. Unfortunately, accidents happen anywhere, including while out boating or enjoying water sports.

Thankfully, the Best Injury Lawyers team are experts in all types of water accident claims. 

These claims cover accidents that involve boats and jet-skis, as well as other water sports such as surfing, kayaking, canoeing, diving and snorkelling, as well as tours operated out at sea. Because of the wide range of accidents that can happen on the water, it’s best to talk with an experienced Brisbane personal injury lawyer to understand what your options are.

The Best team is standing by for a free, confidential conversation about your accident and type of claim you may be eligible for.

What other personal injury claims can Best help with?

The Best team are experts in all types of other personal injury claims and are standing by to review your case for free. Find out more about the types of other personal injury claims we can help you with:

What other questions do you have about making a water accident claim?

You can seek compensation for various water accidents in Queensland, including boating incidents, swimming pool mishaps, and water park injuries, provided there’s evidence of negligence or liability.

These incidents encompass:

Boating Accidents: Whether you’re a passenger or involved in a boating accident, compensation claims are possible for issues like operator negligence or equipment failure.

Swimming Pool Accidents: Slip and fall accidents, diving injuries, or incidents due to poor pool maintenance can lead to claims if property owners or operators are at fault.

Water Park Injuries: Accidents in water parks caused by equipment malfunction or inadequate supervision can warrant compensation.

Beach Accidents: Beachside incidents like slips, collisions, or injuries from unsafe conditions may qualify for claims if negligence is evident.

Jet Ski Accidents: Injuries during jet skiing due to operator inexperience or equipment problems may be compensated.

River and Creek Accidents: Boating accidents or injuries during water-related recreation in natural waterways may lead to claims when negligence can be proven.

Drowning incidents are emotionally distressing, and it’s crucial to act swiftly and calmly. Always prioritise safety and professional medical help.

You should:

  • Call 000 for help
  • Perform CPR, if trained
  • Ensure safety
  • Follow instructions provided to you by emergency services
  • Await medical help
  • Document details about what happened, including to the police

Compensation can be available in drowning incidents, depending on the circumstances – you can find out more here or contact our team for a free, confidential chat today.

To ensure a successful water sports or boating accident claim in Queensland, follow these steps. Firstly, prioritise your health by seeking immediate medical attention for any injuries, no matter how minor they may seem, as your medical records will be essential evidence for your claim. Next, report the accident to the relevant authorities or the responsible party, such as the boat operator or water sports facility, to create an official record.

At the scene, gather crucial evidence, including photos of the accident site and any hazards, damaged equipment, or relevant details. Additionally, collect witness statements if there were any bystanders, or at least note down the contact details of the witnesses. Preserve all documentation related to the accident, including medical expenses, treatment receipts, and records of missed work.

Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who specialises in watersports and boating accidents to evaluate your case, establish liability, and guide you through the legal process.

The team at Best are experts at watersports and boating accident claims. We will investigate the incident, file a compensation claim with the responsible party’s insurance company, and negotiate a fair settlement covering medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

In Queensland, the statute of limitations sets a specific timeframe within which you must file a water accident claim if you’ve suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Typically, you have three years from the date of the incident to initiate legal proceedings. This three-year period is known as the limitation period.

In some exceptional circumstances, the court may allow an extension of the limitation period. However, relying on such exceptions is risky, and it’s best to adhere to the standard timeframe.

It’s important to note that specific circumstances may affect the limitation period, so ask the team at Best about whether you are still within time to pursue your case.

The number one factor that will influence this is whether you have the right legal representation. The team at Best are experts at water accident claims. We acted for many people injured on the water and our team are locals, who also love spending time on the water themselves.

We will prepare and submit your claim and negotiate with the insurer to achieve the Best result possible.

Read the rest of the FAQ’s on this page. Make sure you secure as much evidence as possible and get in touch with us for a free consultation about your incident.

The exact compensation for your Water Accident Claim depends on factors such as the severity of injuries, medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, negligence, and insurance coverage.

While it’s challenging to provide an exact figure upfront, the team at Best are experts at assessing the value of Water Accident Claims. We will assess your case’s specific details, negotiate with insurers, and strive to secure fair compensation that accounts for all your losses. Keep in mind that compensation amounts vary widely based on individual circumstances, and legal representation can significantly impact the final settlement.

The duration of a Water Accident Claim varies based on complexity, negotiations, and legal processes. Simple cases may settle quickly, while complex ones involving serious injuries or disputes can take years.

Negotiations with insurers impact speed, depending on their willingness to settle. Court proceedings extend timelines, often spanning several months to years. Gathering evidence, securing legal representation, and considering settlement offers also affect duration. Mediation or alternative dispute resolution may expedite resolution, and appeals can further delay the process.

Consulting a personal injury lawyer is key for an accurate estimate. Balancing the desire for a swift resolution with fair compensation is crucial when navigating the timeline.

The types of damages you can recover, include:

  • General damages – for pain and suffering;
  • Past and future loss of wages;
  • Loss of superannuation;
  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Other past and future out of pocket expenses;
  • The cost of past and future care; and
  • Legal costs.

For more information about what you can claim, click here.

We know it can be overwhelming to know which firm to trust with your road accident claim, there’s a lot of us out there! We also know it can sound a little biased when we tell you to choose Best.

There are a few reasons we think you should choose Best as your road accident lawyers:

  1. We hire the Best people: our team aren’t only some of the sharpest legal minds in Queensland (no really, we win awards for it) but they’re also genuinely good people, who care about their clients. When we say we hire the Best, we mean we hire people who care about every case and every client, people you’d want fighting for you that you’d also happily catch up over a cuppa with.
  2. We will never leave you out of pocket: how so?
    • No Win, No Fee. Forever. You will only be charged if we win your case, so you can rest easy that we will be doing everything we can to put you in a better place than when you started your CTP claim with us.
    • 30% fee cap. Some firms take around 50% of your compensation claim, we cap at 30% +GST to cover our fees (so even if our fees are more than that, we won’t charge you for it).
    • We cover out-of-pocket expenses. There are necessary expenses that must be incurred to successfully run your claim, because we want you to focus on your recovery and not the cost of your case. We will cover the cost for outlays needed to run your case, and you will only be expected to pay for these if your case is successful (these will be added as a part of your compensation claim, for the insurer to pay for).
  3. We take on cases other firms won’t, and we win them: we have a history of taking on claims other firms won’t, because we’re not afraid of hard work and because we know the difference a successful claim will make to you and your life.

Would you like to learn more about why you should choose Best? You can read more about our firm and our promises to you here.

How easy is it to get your water sports accident claim underway with Best?

We want to ensure it’s as easy as possible for you to get your water sports accident claim started, so that you can focus on treatment and recovery. So what can you expect from us, should you start the process today?


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These are our promises to you, every case, every client.

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We put our Best on your case from day one, and we take on cases others won’t – because we really are the Best.

No Win, No Fee.

If we can’t win your case, you owe us nothing. We never let you walk away in a worse position.

30% +GST
Fee Cap

Because your Best outcome only matters if it’s in your pocket and goes towards your Best life.

Your Case,
Our Best

We hire the Best industry professionals and place senior lawyers on all cases, so you get your Best result.

What do clients say about
working with Best?

Ryan Stehlik from Best Injury Lawyers and his team are without a doubt the best law firm I have dealt with. He was very clear of the process every step of the way. Not only did Ryan achieve a great result, but his service was always very professional, was always focused on the matter and was always available to discuss any questions.
Alan M.
A big thank you to the team at Best Injury Lawyers. Outstanding services across all elements, from communication, the efficiency in their work and dedication they show throughout. My entire experience was stress free, Ryan in particular is an amazing lawyer who provides constructive legal advice, reassurance, and exceptional client service. Nothing but pure professionalism from Best Injury Lawyers. Number one law firm
Julia K
Quality plaintiff lawyers who have their client’s best interests at heart are hard to come by, but Ryan is definitely one of them. Professional and personable, he is certainly the only plaintiff lawyer I would recommend to friends/family.
Elanor F.
I would highly recommend Ryan and his team to represent you should you require his services. Ryan and his team are professional, will tell you what you need to know and keep you informed every step of the way. They are a pleasure to deal with and take all the stress out of your claim for you.
Arch D.

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