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Navigating Troubled Waters: Legal Recourse for Victims of Boating Accidents in Florida

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All persons driving boats in the state of Florida must do so while sober, and within the bounds of the laws and rules surrounding boating in the area. If you or a loved one has been harmed or worse in a boating accident caused by another party, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. A Florida personal injury lawyer from Clark Fountain can assist if you or a loved one has suffered injury or worse due to the recklessness of a boat operator in Florida.

Personal Injury Claims Recover Medical Bills and Lost Earnings

If you are injured in a boating accident caused by the negligence of another, you can collect compensation for the associated costs through a personal injury claim. You’ll gather evidence to measure your present and future medical costs and any lost wages or earnings linked to your injuries, then file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. You need to prove that the other party owed you a duty that was breached, and that because of that breach an accident happened that caused you damages that can be measured. 

The insurance company may try and negotiate a reduced claim, or deny your claim altogether. In that instance, a lawsuit is necessary, and one of our Florida boating accident lawyers can handle that entire process on your behalf, and we only get paid if we win. 

Wrongful Death Suit 

If you have lost a loved one in a boating accident caused by the negligence of another party in Florida, you could be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death action. The purpose of a wrongful death suit is to compensate the surviving family for the medical costs linked to their loved one’s accident, and also to replace any lost income or contributions that they made to the household. These lawsuits can be especially difficult to pursue on your own during a time of loss, and working with an experienced Florida boating accident attorney from our firm will remove the stress of the process from your day-to-day life as we handle everything on your behalf. 

Discuss Your Claim with a Florida Boating Accident Attorney 

Boating accidents can lead to long-term, life-altering injuries, or wrongful deaths. If the negligence of another party, whether through improper maintenance, speeding, or boating while intoxicated, was the cause of your injuries, then you are entitled to damages. Damages are meant to put you in the same financial position as though the accident had never happened, and calculating these amounts can be difficult. To learn how we can help, reach out to a Florida boating accident lawyer from Clark Fountain, visit our site here or give us a call at 561-783-2581.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of boating accidents does your firm handle?

We handle a wide range of boating accidents, including collisions with other boats, capsizing, grounding, falls overboard, propeller strikes, fires or explosions onboard, carbon monoxide poisoning, swamping, colliding with fixed objects, and sinking due to leaks or structural failure.

How can I determine if I’m entitled to compensation after a boating accident?

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a boating accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced attorneys can evaluate your case and help you understand your legal rights and options.

What steps should I take after a boating accident?

After a boating accident, it’s important to prioritize your safety and seek medical attention if needed. You should also gather evidence, such as photos of the scene and witness statements, and report the accident to the appropriate authorities. Then, contact our firm to discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney.

How can a personal injury claim help me recover from a boating accident?

A personal injury claim can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the accident. Our attorneys will work diligently to build a strong case on your behalf and pursue the maximum compensation available.

What if the insurance company denies my claim or offers a reduced settlement?

If the insurance company denies your claim or offers an inadequate settlement, we can help you pursue legal action through a lawsuit. Our skilled litigators will advocate for your rights in court and strive to secure the compensation you deserve.

What costs are typically covered in a personal injury claim for a boating accident?

In a personal injury claim for a boating accident, you can seek compensation for medical expenses, including both current and future treatment costs, as well as lost wages or earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

Do I need to prove negligence to win a boating accident case?

Yes, to succeed in a boating accident case, you must establish that the other party’s negligence caused the accident and your injuries. This involves demonstrating that the party owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused your damages as a result of their negligence.

How can your firm assist me with my boating accident case?

Our experienced Florida boating accident lawyers can provide comprehensive legal representation throughout the claims process. From investigating the accident to negotiating with insurance companies or pursuing litigation, we will aggressively advocate for your rights and seek the best possible outcome for your case. And remember, we only get paid if we win your case.