Tampa Bay Boat Accident Lawyers
The Tampa Bay boat accident lawyers at PERENICH The Law Firm have more than 60 years combined experience in helping people injured in Florida’s numerous lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico, recover for damages sustained in accidents involving watercraft vehicles.
If you were in a boating accident, we first want to say how sorry we are that this happened to you. You are probably feeling really frustrated, hurt, and overwhelmed. It is difficult to feel like your life has been flipped upside down because of someone else’s carelessness. We are here to guide you through your boating claim so that you can focus on getting healthy. We will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. After you have read about your claim, please call our office today to set up a free consultation with our experienced Tampa Bay boat accident lawyers.
Personal Watercraft Accidents
Not unlike ATVs, personal watercraft (PWC), such as jet skis, present often overlooked but very real and common risks of accidents and personal injuries in Florida. In fact, jet skis and other PWC, can be just as likely to collide, overturn, and cause accidents on Florida’s many waterways, as motor boats. Like ATVs and motorcycles, jet skis can exceed speeds of 70 mph and require significant skill to handle them safely. Therefore, drivers and passengers of these vessels, along with boaters and others in the water, are susceptible to serious injuries from the negligent operation or defective design/manufacture of jet skis and other PWC. Personal watercraft accidents may include:
- Jet skis or personal watercraft
- Water skiing
Types of Boating Injuries
Boating accidents are unique in the sense that there are no seatbelts, you’re in open water, and people often participate in drinking while they’re operating a boat. The injuries are often severe and can cause permanent damage. The most common boating injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- In the worst cases, death
The most important thing to do after the accident is seek medical attention. Your health is a top priority and you don’t want to delay seeing a doctor for any reason. You could worsen the condition you are suffering from and it can also hurt your case. If you don’t see a doctor to get treatment or follow up on their advice, the insurance company who represents the liable party will try to deny your case.
Your First Steps After the Accident
If you have been involved in a boating accident, the most important step to take is to figure out who is responsible for this accident. There are a lot of potential reasons that your accident may have occurred and it is difficult to figure it out without the help of one of our Tampa Bay boat accident lawyers. The possible causes include:
- Reckless or careless driving
- Operating the boat while intoxicated
- Unattended issues with the maintenance of the boat
- Broken Florida boating laws or rules
- Lack of safety equipment on board
You and your attorney will go through the details of the event and they will help you figure out who was at fault for the accident. Once there is a clearly liable party, you can pursue a boating accident claim to either settle it or go to court for your claim to get the compensation you deserve.
Florida Boat Accident Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is the time frame in which you have to file your claim. If you file it after the time runs out, you will be barred from receiving compensation. This is an easily avoidable issue if you move quickly after your accident to speak to an attorney and get them working on your case right away.
Florida law states that you have four years from the date of the boating accident to bring your case or to settle it. There is an added hoop to jump through because of maritime law. A torts claim has to be brought within three years from the date of the accident. These are necessary steps if you want to have a successful case.
How Compensation Works
When you are in a boating accident and you are pursuing a claim, it is so important to have an experienced attorney by your side so that they can take over all of the complex legal components as well as make sure you will be getting the compensation you deserve. There are a number of damages that your claim can be awarded for. They include:
- All of your medical bills including hospital bills, rehab costs, and any other out of pocket expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident
- Any lost wages you have had to take a hit for as well as the wages you might lose in the future if you’re unable to return to the same work
- In-home assistance if you’re severely and/or permanently injured
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for permanent injury
- Wrongful death
You may be surprised to know that the compensation is this expansive. With the help of a great attorney, you can get all of the compensation you deserve for all of your injuries. It is this type of experience that the attorney has that can make all the difference in the result of your case.
Contact Our Tampa Bay Boat Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you have serious injuries following a boating accident, please call our Tampa Bay boat accident lawyers today to set up a free confidential consultation. We will make sure everything is taken care of from start to finish to make sure that you have a strong and successful claim. Do not hesitate to reach out after your accident to let us take the weight of this case off of your shoulders. We are here for you.