Boat accidents kill thousands of people each year, and injure hundreds more. Gilman Law, LLP is a leading personal injury law firm that has helped countless Florida residents recover damages for injuries caused by boat, cruise line, ferry or Jet Ski accidents. Whether your injury was the result of negligence or recklessness on the part of the vessel’s operator, or caused by defective components on the boat, the Boat Accident Lawyers at Gilman Law will work hard on your behalf to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your boat accident lawsuit.
Florida Boat Accidents
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, from 2003 to 2007, there were 3,364 boating accidents in Florida, resulting in 351 deaths. The most serious boating accident injuries are usually the result of collisions with other vessels or fixed objects, skier mishaps, falling overboard and capsizing. The operator of a vessel has a legal duty to operate the water craft in a safe manner and to follow Florida boating laws. The owner and operator can be held liable for boating injuries sustained as a result of:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Careless operation
- Failing to have a proper lookout
Victims of boating accidents are entitled to collect damages for medical expenses and future care, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. In a fatal boating accident, family members may be entitled to recover damages for funeral expenses, emotional trauma, and loss of net accumulations and contributions of the deceased.
If you are thinking about pursuing a claim for an injury sustained as a result of a boating accident, you need to be aware that such lawsuits are subject to a Statute of Limitations established either by Federal Maritime law or Florida state laws, depending on where the accident occurred. For that reason, it is important to contact one of the experienced Boat Accident Attorneys at Gilman Law as soon as possible so that any Statute of Limitations does not expire and prevent a recovery.
Legal Help for Victims of Boat Accidents
Gilman Law, LLP is a leading Florida personal injury law firm committed to helping the victims of negligent accidents obtain fair compensation for their injuries. We offer free legal consultations to all victims of Florida boat accidents. For your free evaluation, please fill out our online form, or CALL TOLL FREE (1-888-252-0048) today.