Florida has the highest number of registered recreational boats and water vessels of any state in the U.S. Unfortunately, as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports, Florida is also No. 1 in boating accidents. In 2012, for example, there were 661 accidents aboard recreational vessels in Florida that caused at least $2,000 in damage.
Boating accidents can do much more than cause damage to property. If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a boating accident, the incident can change your life forever. If someone else caused your boating accident, you deserve to be compensated for the damage that you have endured. An experienced Florida boating accident lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help you take legal action and pursue the money you need to cover medical costs and other losses.
Boating injuries and fatalities can occur for many reasons, including but not limited to:
Drowning is a top cause of boating-related injuries and deaths, but other types of accidents can also occur aboard recreational vessels as well. If you are injured by a boat operator who is driving the vessel you are on or by the operator of another boat on the waterways, you need to determine the cause of the harm you’ve endured. If another party was to blame, you can take legal action to recover compensation.
In many cases, the person responsible for a boating accident is a friend whose boat you may have been on at the time when the incident occurred. While you may be reluctant to pursue a claim against a friend, you should be aware that boaters have insurance just like drivers do. This means your friend who owns or operated the boat won’t be paying, but instead, the insurance company will.
Boating accidents can cause serious injuries including brain damage if you are deprived of oxygen. You may experience ongoing medical costs and your injuries may make it impossible for you to work. The financial losses can also be significant if your loved one is killed in a boating incident.
To recover compensation, you can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit or you can settle outside of court with the boater or his insurance company. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our experienced and caring Florida boat accident lawyers have helped many clients get full and fair compensation for their injuries. We will work to negotiate a settlement or prove your damages in court so you can get coverage for:
We have represented more than 32,000 injured clients since 1997 and have recovered millions in compensation. Contact us today at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Orlando, Okeechobee to learn more about how we can put our legal experience to work for you on your boat accident claim. Your initial consultation is free and there is no obligation to retain our services.