Florida is known as the “Sunshine State” and offers ample boating and cruising opportunities. However, boating and cruise ship accidents occasionally occur, leaving many in Florida with serious injuries. If you have been injured in a boating accident that was not your fault, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney review your case and determine if you can collect compensation.
There are many factors that need to be considered when a boating accident occurs, such as the body of water involved, whether you were a guest on the boat, if the owner is present, or if you were an employee injured on the job while on the boat. A boating accident attorney can help you manage these issues and find the evidence you need to support your case.
The key to winning a personal injury suit is to prove negligence on the part of the at-fault party. Negligence is the failure on the part of an individual to act with reasonable care. If you and your lawyer are able to prove that someone failed to act with reasonable care which resulted in injuries, that person can be held responsible. For example, if the captain of the boat was operating the vessel under the influence of alcohol, he or she was acting in an illegal and negligent way and might be held responsible for any resulting injuries.
What this means is that if you have high medical bills, pain and suffering or other issues as the result of the accident, you can seek compensation from the negligent party.
Types of Boating Accidents
There are several common causes of boating accidents including:
- One boat hitting another boat
- A boat hitting another boat’s wake
- A boat hitting a wave
- A boat hitting a submerged object, like a rock
In some instances, these accidents occur because of a person’s negligence. If a boating accident is the result of negligence, the injured party may be able to seek compensation.
How to Seek Compensation After a Boating Accident
The team of personal injury lawyers and staff at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami have the resources and experience you need to pursue the maximum compensation available for your specific injuries or losses in a boating accident. We operate from our principal office in Miami but also have numerous other offices across Florida and can represent clients throughout the entire state. If you or a loved one have been involved in a boating accident that was the result of another’s negligence, act quickly and call our team. We will provide aggressive representation to ensure you have the best chance at a positive outcome to your case.