You could be entitled to recover compensation for damages if you were in a boating accident. Under Florida law, you can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the party that caused your accident.
We can help you take legal action and pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers to get help from a Florida boating accident lawyer: 855-529-0269.
Causes of Boat Accidents in Florida
Boat operators, passengers, and others in or near the water may file a boating accident lawsuit if they suffered injuries. Some types of vessels or individuals who may be involved in a boat accident include:
- Recreational boats and speed boats
- Fishing boats
- Charter fishing boats
- Commercial boats
- Shipping vessels
If you were in an accident that involved a boat or other vessel, you may have grounds to file a boating accident claim or lawsuit.
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Necessary Elements in a Florida Boat Accident Case
To successfully resolve your boat accident case, you must establish that another party caused your accident and you suffered injuries as a result. Your case must prove the following four things.
Duty of Care for Safe Boat Operation
Boaters owe others on the water, including their own passengers, a duty of care to operate their boat safely and to maintain the boat to ensure it is safe to operate.
Negligent Operation or Maintenance of the Boat
Your case must prove that the defendant – typically a boater, boating company, or boat maker – violated duty of care. Some examples of negligence that can cause boat accidents include:
- Operating a boat while intoxicated
- Operating a boat while distracted
- Operating a boat at a high rate of speed
- Reckless operation of the boat
- Poor maintenance of the boat
- Defects in the boat or a boat part
Further, violation of any of Florida’s boating laws could cause or contribute to a wreck. You can find a list of some of Florida’s boating regulations on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.
Link Between Defendant’s Negligence & Your Injuries
Your case must make a connection between the defendant’s negligence and your injuries. For example, your case must prove that a boat operator operated the boat recklessly and this led to your accident. Or you must prove that your accident was the result of the poor condition of the boat.
Damages Suffered as a Result of Your Boating Injuries
Finally, your case must prove that you suffered damages as a result of your injuries. For example, you may establish that you incurred expenses, physical injuries, and emotional distress as a result of the accident.
Work with a lawyer who can help you build your case to prove all of these elements with supportive evidence. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers for help: 855-529-0269.
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Damages You Can Recover in a Boating Accident Case
Your boating accident case may seek compensation for any financial losses as well as the physical and emotional effects of injuries you suffered in a boating accident.
Some common types of recoverable damages in Florida boat accident cases include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
Your recoverable damages depend on how your injuries affect your life. Our attorneys can help you identify recoverable damages in your case. Call us for a free case consultation: 855-529-0269.
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How Chalik&Chalik Injury Lawyers Can Help You with Your Boating Accident Case
Gather Evidence to Support Your Case
Our team investigates every aspect of your case, from who is at fault to the value of your damages. Among the documents we can retrieve are:
- Medical records
- Accident or police reports
- Records on the boat or boat operator
We can secure other evidence of your wreck too, including:
- Photographs of the accident
- Eyewitness testimony
- The boat or other vehicles involved in the wreck
Our team may work with expert witnesses also, such as medical experts, vocational specialists, engineers, economists, and lifecare planners.
Negotiate a Settlement
You should not have to fight with insurance companies as you are recovering from serious injuries. Your Florida boat accident attorney will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. We will request documents, respond to insurer requests, and negotiate a fair settlement.
If we are unable to reach a settlement, we can take your case to trial to fight for a successful resolution to your case, so you get the compensation you need.
Free Consultation Wherever Is Convenient
We offer free consultations for victims of boating accidents in Florida. Our team serves the entire state of Florida. We can travel to your home, or wherever is convenient, so you do not have to worry about traveling to our office. You just rest and recover from your injuries.
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Statute of Limitations for Florida Boat Accident Lawsuits
Florida allows four years to file a personal injury lawsuit, including one for a boat accident, per Florida Statutes § 95.11. If you lost a loved one in a boating accident, you have two years to file your wrongful death lawsuit.
Please contact a Florida boating accident lawyer at Chalik&Chalik Injury Lawyers as soon as possible so we can get started on your case. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can start investigating your case, filing necessary insurance claims, gathering evidence, and building your case.
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Our Florida boating accident lawyers can help you fight for a successful resolution to your boat accident case, so you get the money you need to pay your bills, get medical care, and compensate you for your pain and suffering.
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