Florida has the highest number of registered boats in the nation. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), there were 704 accidents in 2012, resulting in 386 injuries and 55 fatalities. Many of these accidents were the result of driver inattention, negligence, or inexperience. When a boater's carelessness and disregard for safety result in devastating injuries or death, the victims may be entitled to damages to cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
At Heintz & Becker, our maritime lawyers have more than 30 years of experience helping boating and Jet Ski accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. We handle many claims involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. Over the years, we have obtained many significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our past clients and can help you too. To schedule a consultation with one of our boating accident lawyers in Sarasota or Bradenton, e-mail or call our firm at 941-748-2916.
Common Causes of Boat and Jet Ski Accidents
At Heintz & Becker, our boat or Jet Ski accident lawyers help victims hold reckless parties accountable for their actions. We will advise you of your legal options and protect your rights. We will utilize a host of resources, including accident reconstructionists and investigators to uncover the cause of your accident. The most common types of preventable boating accidents are:
- Sinking, grounding, capsizing, and flooding accidents
- Collisions with other vessels or objects (possibly submerged)
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Passenger ejections
- Water skiing or towable device (including tube) accidents
- Fires or explosions
- Carbon monoxide exposure
- Accidents in which a person is struck by a vessel, a propeller, a propulsion unit, or steering machinery
- Swimming accidents
In some cases, there may be multiple causes, such as a drunk driver and a mechanical failure on the boat itself. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your claim, if another person's negligence caused you to be injured on a boat, you may be entitled to compensation. We will pursue all possible sources in order to maximize your recovery.
Understanding How Maritime Law Applies to Your Boating Accident Claim
Maritime law is a distinct, complex area of law that applies to issues and offenses encountered at sea. Also known as admiralty law, this body of regulations falls under a specific domain of federal law, created through Article III of the Constitution. Because maritime affairs are governed exclusively by the federal branch, states must apply federal laws to all maritime matters.
The Jones Act is a federal statute that allows an injured maritime employee, including cruise ship employees, oil rig workers, fishing boat workers and others, to sue his or her employer for any damages that the employee suffers as a result of an injury. The recovery can include money for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of wages and fringe benefits, and any other damages that you have suffered.
At Heintz & Becker, our maritime lawyers representing injured seamen and maritime workers throughout Florida. Our maritime attorneys work with experts in all fields, including Coast Guard regulations, marine safety and industry standards, marine engineering and vessel navigation.
You only have one chance to have your Jones Act or maritime claim handled properly. Trust your case to attorneys who know how to handle such claims.
If You Were Injured While Boating, Contact an Experienced Maritime Injury Lawyer
To discuss possible litigation surrounding a Jet Ski or boat accident, contact a maritime lawyer at the Sarasota area law firm of Heintz & Becker in Bradenton today and schedule a free consultation. We have obtained many significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our past clients and can help you too. To reach us now, call 941-748-2916.