The state of Florida is a boating paradise. With vast oceans, lakes and rivers at your disposal around seemingly every corner, the sheer amount of choices for fun in the sun are limitless. Although a day on the water is commonly a great stress reliever and rejuvenator, sometimes accidents occur. If you have been hurt in a boating accident caused by due to another’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation with the help of a Fort Lauderdale boating accident attorney.
The last thing you want to think about is dealing with an injury while boating. Unfortunately, even if you are acting in a safe and responsible manner, it is very difficult to escape the effects of others’ careless or reckless actions by those around you.
A boating accident injury can range from minor to catastrophic. Similar to automobile accidents, victims of negligence have the right to file suit against the offending party.
Fort Lauderdale Boating Accident Attorney
With the help of a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney, you can move forward with personal injury litigation in a professional and efficient manner. Our legal team at Lisa S. Levine P.A. has been handling boating accident cases for many years, and have developed a strong and thorough understanding of Florida law regarding these claims.
Considering that you will likely be demanding compensation from defendants or insurance companies that are attempting to protect their own interests, an aggressive and forward-thinking lawyer is essential. Our Fort Lauderdale boat accident lawyers handle every element of the case personally, from gathering evidence to arguing for you in court, making us a strong option for comprehensive representation.
In addition to this, we also provide great value by offering our legal services on a contingency basis, meaning that we will only collect lawyer fees if you win your case. A serious injury will likely be a major strain on your finances and we want to mitigate the risk of taking legal action by being a cost-effective option.
As a Broward County based practice, our firm proudly represents individuals and families throughout Southeastern Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miramar, Sunrise, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, and Weston, among others.
We consider timely representation to be of high importance, so we will get started on your case immediately following a free and confidential consultation. To schedule a meeting to go over your boating accident case in detail with a qualified attorney, please call (954) 256-1820 or send an online message today.
Florida Boating Accident Information Center
- Florida Boating Rules and Regulations
- Common Injuries in Boating Accidents
- Damages in a Boating Accident
- Boating Accident Resources
Florida Boating Rules and Regulations
According to the Florida Conservation Commission, the operator of a vessel involved in a boating accident where there is personal injury beyond immediate first aid, or if there is damage to the vessel(s) and/or personal property of at least $2,000, must by the quickest means possible, give notice to one of the following:
- the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
- the sheriff of the county in which the accident occurred, or
- the police chief of the municipality in which the accident occurred, if applicable.
It is unlawful for any person operating a vessel involved in a boating accident to leave the scene without giving all possible aid to the involved persons and without reporting the accident to the proper authorities.
Anyone who operates a vessel with willful disregard for the safety of persons or property will be cited for reckless operation (a first-degree misdemeanor).
All operators are responsible for operating their vessel in a reasonable and prudent manner with regard for other vessel traffic, posted restrictions, the presence of a divers-down flag, and other circumstances so as not to endanger people or property.
Failure to do so is considered careless operation, a civil infraction. A violation of the Federal Navigation Rules is also a violation of Florida law.
Common Injuries in Boating Accidents
Considering lack of protection on most boats, the potential for serious injury is quite high if an accident occurs. The causes of injuries can vary widely, from reckless operation and excessive speeds, to boating while under the influence. As for the resulting issues from these negligent actions, some of the most common injuries resulting from a boating accident include:
- Back or spinal cord injures
- Brain or head injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Loss of limb
- Blunt force trauma
- Nerve Damage
Damages in a Boating Accident
‘Damages’ is the legal term for the measure of actual harm and injuries, and the costs associated, caused by the accident. This can be both direct and indirect costs. A boating injury will likely include both economic and non-economic damages:
Economic Damages – These damages are awarded to the injured party for all financial losses they have incurred or will incur in the future as a result of a boating accident:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses.
- Loss of income.
- Diminished earning capacity.
- Loss of job.
Non-Economic Damages – These damages are awarded to the injured party for damages and losses they have suffered as a result of the boating accident, including:
- Pain and suffering.
- Mental anguish and emotional stress.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of consortium.
Boating Accident Resources
United State Coast Guard – Boat Safety – This link sends you to the primary boating safety page within the USCG web site. It contains information of practicing safety, regulations, recalls and safety defects, multimedia resources and statistics.
National Safe Boating Council – Clicking here will send you to the home page of the NSBC. The goal of the council is to enable safer boating through education, outreach and training. It has information on boat training, boat control, news, resources and proper safety techniques and equipment.
Florida Boating Regulations – This link sends you to the boating regulations page of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It contains all the relevant Florida laws and regulations concerning vessel registration, boating accidents, reckless operation, boating under the influence and equipment and lighting requirements.
Finding an Experienced Broward County Boat Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured while boating in Broward County, you need to align yourself with a qualified and experienced auto accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who has the knowledge and legal resources to effectively represent you during the litigation process.
Our attorneys have handled boating accident cases throughout Florida and can bring this insight and experience to your case. We are ready and willing to take personal injury litigation as far as it needs to go, be it a settlement, arbitration or trial. Our legal strategies involve analyzing facts and developing a claim based on objective evidence.
Our firm is strongly committed to protecting your rights, and will fight against the selfish interests of defendants and insurance providers until you receive the compensation you deserve. As a Broward County practice, we gladly extend our service to individuals and families throughout Southeastern Florida, including the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Davie, Plantation, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, and nearby areas.
We offer free meetings for all who believe they have a boating accident claim in Florida. To schedule a free consultation with a qualified attorney at our firm, please call (954) 256-1820 or send an online message today.