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Injured In A Boating Crash? Let Us Help.
We can guide you through the recovery after a boating accident injury.
According to a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida leads the nation in registered watercraft vessels, with over 870,000 accounted for in 2014. Unfortunately, because of this, the Sunshine State also leads the nation in boating accidents by a landslide, with nearly 700 unique incidents being reported by recreational vessels in 2014 alone. The risk increases during the summer when school is out and several people come to Florida on vacation.
Common causes of boating accidents include:
- Operator Inattention
- Improper Lookout
- Alcohol and Drug Impairment
- Machine Failure
- Operator Inexperience
- Navigational Rules Violations
- Hazardous Waters
- Inclement Weather
- Excessive Speed
- Force of Waves/Wake
- Careless Passengers
- Operating Tired
Boating accidents can cause serious injury in many situations. Boaters thrown from a boat in an accident may suffer broken bones or accidental drownings. People swimming or scuba diving may be injured if a boater fails to notice them. Boats hitting ramps or other structures on or near a shore can hurt the passengers and others on the shore.
Boating Accident Injury Cases Types That We Handle
There are as many types of boating accidents as there are potential injuries in these situations. Collisions with other boats or structures, capsizing, and hitting people in the water are all unfortunate possible consequence of boat driver negligence. Here are just a few examples of some of the types of boating accidents we assist our clients with:
- Speeding over waves or wakes
- Head-on Accidents
- Collisions with Bridges
- Canal Bank Impacts
- Rear End Collisions
- Intersection Accidents
- Marina Parking Accidents
- Docking Accidents
- Capsizing Accidents
Common Boating Accident Injuries
Investigating a boating accident requires an individual approach to each situation. At the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A., our team is dedicated to uncovering all aspects of a boating accident from the physical evidence, Coast Guard report, etc. Possible injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Bruises, Cuts and Scrapes
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Muscle Sprains
- Fractures and Broken Bones
- Jaw, Chest, Rib, and Pelvic Damage
- Crushed Trachea/Larynx
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Broken Neck
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Severe Burns
- Permanent Sensory Deprivation
(Vision, Hearing, etc)
- Fatalities (i.e. Wrongful Death)
The boating accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. will take the time to investigate the details of your case and work alongside you to determine the most advantageous legal strategy to pursue to obtain the most compensation possible for your injuries.
Liability & Damage Recovery
It is the responsibility of any boat operator to proceed responsibly, so that they do not endanger others. If that duty is ignored, people can be harmed due to the negligent conduct of the boat operator. The boat operator is then liable for bodily injuries or deaths that take place as a result of their negligence.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a boating accident, the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. may be able to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to. Boating accident compensation may include:
- Hospital & Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Boat Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Cost of Future Care
- Property Damage
Don’t rely on the insurance company to inform you. Insurance agents and adjusters work on behalf of the insurance company and are not seeking what is best for their injured clients. It is crucial that you never agree to or accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without first speaking with an experienced boating accident personal injury attorney.
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7 Steps To Take
Following a Boating Accident
Step 1: Stay on the Scene
Leaving the scene of an accident you are involved in, especially if some has been injured or even killed, is a criminal offense. Doing so could result in significant criminal charges and even jail time.
It is always best to wait for the appropriate time to leave, which will be indicated by a present law enforcement officer.
Step 2: Check on Everyone
First make sure that you are OK, and that you have not sustained any injuries. Some of your own injuries may not be immediately apparent, so be cautious before rushing to the aid of another.
If anyone on the scene needs emergency medical attention, contact an ambulance immediately.
If anyone is unconscious or in severe pain, do not move them unless they are in eminent danger, otherwise wait until qualified medical professionals arrive.
Step 3: Call the Police
Call 911. The dispatcher can invoke he proper authorities, which might be Fish & Game, the Coast Guard, or the County Sheriff’s office. Having a law enforcement authority on the scene will allow you to have an official police report filed detailing the occurrence, and ensure that the appropriate information has been exchanged.
Do not move your vessel in any way, so that when the police arrive, the scene can be reported as accurately as possible.
Step 4: Gather Evidence
It is important to be as prepared as possible even in situations that seem less significant.
Don’t simply rely on the police report, but gather all the information necessary from all the parties involved, which will include:
- Full Name
- Phone Number
- Drivers’ License Number
- Vessel Registration Information
- Insurance Information
- Take Pictures!
If there are any passengers or witness, collect their names, phone numbers and addresses also. Makes sure to take pictures, and if possible draw a small diagram of the accident.
Take pictures of the accident site and of any damages to your vessel as soon as possible, this helps ensure that you receive the appropriate amount of compensation for vehicle damage and help you recall details that might otherwise later escape your memory.
Step 5: Contact a Lawyer
A major boating accident is one of the most terrifying and stressful events that may occur in a person’s life. Besides having to deal with the pain of your injuries, there are other considerations, such as the damage to your vehicle and working with the insurance company that can become a headache for you to experience.
Contact an experienced attorney like the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. to represent you if you suffer a personal injury in an auto accident. A skilled attorney will be dedicated to serving your interests and can assist you in recovering financial compensation and additional aid for future expenses resulting from your injury.
Step 6: Get Medical Treatment
Sometimes due to the rush of adrenaline as a consequence of the accident, your injuries may not be immediately apparent, as you may have sustained internal injuries that reveal themselves several days after the auto accident.
Make sure to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you don’t have insurance, and keep a detailed account of medical expenses which could bolster your case. You may be entitled to compensation for such expenses.
Our attorney team at Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. will actually guide you through this process, so that you get the appropriate treatment for your needs.
Step 7: Be Extra Cautious!
DO NOT admit fault or claim liability to anyone on the accident scene.
DO examine your surroundings, be vigilant or additional dangers, and document the scene to the best of your ability.
DO NOT call a “lawyer referral service” for help.
DO hire a lawyer who can refer you to medical treatment within 14 days of the accident.
DO NOT allow anyone to solicit you after an accident, either by phone or in person, to either hire an attorney or visit a clinic;
DO report the incident to the Division of Insurance Fraud at 1-800-378-0445. You may be entitled to a reward for the successful prosecution of solicitor crimes.
DO NOT sign anything you are uncomfortable signing nor agree to an insurance settlement prematurely;
DO ask any lawyer you are considering to hire for a free consultation.
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