Serious Injury by Vessel (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.4)

Legal Commentary. In Georgia, boating is a popular recreational activity, whether you are boating at Lake Lanier or Lake Hartwell. However, sometimes one careless mistake can turn this outdoor activity into a tragic accident. These boat accidents are usually the result of inexperience or recklessness and often result in serious injury to the boat operator, including but not limited to brain injury, broken bones, and spinal cord injury.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a boating accident, send a message to Scholle Law today. Charles Scholle is an experienced Georgia boat accident lawyer with a record of successes. As with auto accidents, those involved in a boat accident can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that came about as a result of the accident. Charles Scholle will fight to get you the compensation you are entitled to and deal with the insurance companies, so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.

See the full text of the statute below:

Serious Injury by Vessel (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.4)  

Whoever, without malice, shall cause bodily harm to another by depriving him or her of a member of his or her body, by rendering a member of his or her body useless, by seriously disfiguring his or her body or a member thereof, or by causing organic brain damage which renders the body or any member thereof useless through the violation of subsection (j) of Code Section 52-7-8.2 or Code Section 52-7-12 or Code Section 52-7-12.1 or subsection (b) of Code Section 52-7-13 or subsection (a) of Code Section 52-7-14 or subsection (c) of Code Section 52-7-25 shall be guilty of the crime of serious injury by vessel. A person convicted under this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years.

HISTORY: Code 1981, § 52-7-12.4, enacted by Ga. L. 1995, p. 236, § 2.