Fishers, boaters, tourists, and even the most experienced boat owners and operators can be involved in boating accidents. Passengers can be involved too. If you or someone you care about is a victim of a boating accident, you have legal options available to you. You may be eligible for compensation.
Connect with us at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers if you’d like to determine your eligibility for a claim or even a lawsuit. We can introduce you to a Sarasota boating accident lawyer who would be happy to represent you and your needs.
Compensating Boating Accident Victims
Being in a boating accident can change a person’s life, affecting their daily routine, their family life, and even their life expectancy. The injuries and traumas can be expensive to treat and manage too. A person shouldn’t have to suffer such problems without compensation.
You may be able to claim certain damages if the accident was another party’s fault. You could claim:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Ongoing and future home care costs
- Wages you’ve lost due to an inability to work
- Additional wages you may lose in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering
- Lost or damaged property
- Wrongful death damages if someone in your family is deceased due to their injuries
You may be able to seek additional or other damages too. A lawyer from our firm can advise you about this.
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Common Kinds of Boating Accidents in Sarasota, FL
Some kinds of boating accidents tend to be more common than others. Our lawyers in Sarasota commonly handle cases involving:
- Collisions involving other watercraft or hazards like rocks
- Slips and falls on boat decks
- Docking errors resulting in injuries
- Passengers who fall overboard
- Propeller-related accidents
You may have been involved in another kind of boating incident. If so, our lawyers can look into your case to see how they can help you recover damages.
Common Kinds of Injuries
The injuries caused by boating accidents can be minor or severe. For example, a simple slip and fall might result in a sprained ankle, but another slip and fall incident may result in a serious head injury, like a concussion. Such injuries are actually very common. Other boating accident injuries are cuts, bruises, dislocations, and broken bones.
Physical injuries cause physical symptoms, but they can also cause emotional symptoms, like anxiety. For instance, a traumatic brain injury can cause insomnia and depression. A victim of such injuries deserves compensation.
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Establishing Negligence in Boating Accidents
A boating accident may be due to a person’s mistake or carelessness. For instance, if a boat operator ignores a speed regulation and travels too fast, this is careless and dangerous. If you believe speeding contributed to or caused your accident, you may be able to take legal action against the careless party. You could take legal action if you think any kind of carelessness or mistake contributed to or caused your accident.
In any kind of incident, if any kind of negligence was involved, a victim may be eligible for compensation. However, it can be difficult to establish negligence. In your case, you will have to prove that:
- The other party owed you a duty of care (a responsibility to act in a manner that would protect you from getting hurt)
- The party breached their duty of care (they failed to meet their responsibility)
- The breach of duty caused your injuries
- Your injuries resulted in damages you can show
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A Sarasota Boating Accident Lawyer From Our Firm Can do a lot to Help
In addition to helping you establish negligence in your case, one of our lawyers can also help you gather materials for your case, determine which damages you’re owed, and do much more for you.
The first thing your lawyer will do is sit with you to discuss the accident and your injuries. Your lawyer will give you the attention you deserve and give your case the concern it deserves. Once your lawyer has a better understanding of your situation, they’ll go over your options for pursuing compensation.
If you and your lawyer decide together to file a boating accident claim against the other party, your lawyer can take care of this for you. Alternatively, your lawyer can file a lawsuit if you decide to do that instead. Your lawyer will represent you in court if necessary. To prove your case in court, your lawyer can find witnesses for testimonies or refer to experts like accident reconstruction experts.
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You Have a Time Constraint in Filing a Boating Accident Lawsuit
In the state of Florida, you have four years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit (a boating accident lawsuit), according to Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). You have only two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d). For your lawsuit to be valid, we must file it before the applicable deadline.
To help us meet your deadline, contact us right away. We can likely get started on your case immediately. We can also start collecting evidence before it becomes obsolete. For instance, a source of evidence, like a witness, may forget what happened during your incident. Before that happens, we can contact the witness and get their testimony.
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At our firm, our partners personally handle our cases, so you’ll be able to speak with one of them instead of a firm associate. This is the kind of attention we give each of our clients. You can expect your lawyer to be attentive and provide you with personalized legal counsel. Instead of treating you like just another client, we’ll treat you like family and a valued member of the Sarasota community.
During a consultation with us, we’ll tell you more of what we can do for you and what we’ve done for so many other people like you. Your consultation with us will be free of charge. Contact us today at (941) 315-4404 or fill out a contact form.
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