No one ever wants to be in an accident, much less a boating accident, but we all know they happen (like the cartoon here shows). Maybe someone fell out of the boat and got hurt, maybe someone fell in the boat and got hurt, and maybe, worst case scenario and god for bid, there was a collision with another boat or serious injuries happened in some other way. Whatever the cause, at some point, on your boat, someone is going to have something happen to them.
No matter how or why the injury occurs, there is always going to be the question out there of "when should I call a fishing accident lawyer"? The question will either be because you need the help or because you expect someone to sue you.
The great news is, that like hiring a truck accident attorney, the answer to the question whether you are hiring one to help you defend against an accident or you are pursuing damages is the same. You should hire contact them as soon as possible. This doesn't mean a week. This doesn't mean a month. This means within hours after the incident.
Why would you want to do that? For a couple of reasons. First, like with your truck accident attorney, your boat accident lawyer is going to be able to keep you from saying, doing, and, most importantly, signing things that it wouldn't be in your best interest to sign. Often right after an accident an insurance adjuster comes in and takes statements. Before you say anything you need to know if what you are saying can get you in trouble (it usually can).
Second, they are going to begin to investigate the accident while the evidence is still fresh and while what exactly happened is still fresh in everyone's mind. This is important because the more information that is gathered the better prepared you are to beat the guys on the other side.
The short answer is you want to talk to someone as soon as possible after the incident. Don't make a big deal of it, and don't make threats. The last thing you need is to start things off contentiously with someone you want to squeeze some money out of. Be polite, be cordial, and then pick up the phone and call someone who can help.
If you think you don't need a lawyer to help, that's okay too. But understand that you are probably leaving thousands on the table.