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Here in Florida, boating is one of the most popular outdoor activities. Whether you’re taking a boat out with the family for the afternoon or going out with your buddies for a deep-sea fishing adventure, it is always nice to be out on the water. But what happens if your day out on the water turns into a day you want to forget. What if instead of enjoying the sun and the waves, you instead are injured because of someone else’s negligence? Knowing what to do following a boating accident is key.
How do accidents happen on a boat?
There are numerous ways that a boating accident can happen in Florida. Whether the accident occurs from the operator of the boat not paying attention to what they are doing or from just the general inexperience of the boat operator, all of these scenarios can cause an injury. A boat that is going at an excessive speed can result in collisions with another boat or can cause a boat to roll over. If the operator of the boat is not looking out and runs into something, they can be held liable for your damages.
Who do you go after for your damages to the boat or yourself?
If the damage or injuries were caused by someone else running into your vessel, your claim would be against them for damages. If they have insurance you would be making a claim against their insurance company, if no insurance exists, you may have to make a claim against the operator of the boat as an individual. You may be making claims for both injuries resulting from the accident or a claim for the damage to the boat or even both. If you are claiming physical injuries, it would be very similar to an auto accident claim. You would get evaluated by a medical doctor as soon as you can following the boating accident and then would do follow up treatments as often as you need to in order to fully recover for those injuries.
Do you have to file a lawsuit in order to get compensated?
Not necessarily. As with any personal injury case, if you were injured in a boating accident and pursued a claim there is a chance that it resolves in prelitigation and you never have to file an actual lawsuit with the court. If you are able to get an offer in prelitigation that you are happy with, you might choose to accept it and settle the case. On the other hand, if you don’t get the result you are looking for and the offer is not where you need it to be in prelitigation, your only choice may be to file a lawsuit. Just make sure you talk with your attorney about the advantages and disadvantages of filing a lawsuit on a boating accident cases so you are fully aware of the consequences of doing such.
Should I get an attorney involved in my boating accident case?
If you were injured as a result of a boating accident and feel as though you deserve to be compensated for those injuries which you sustained through no fault of your own, you might want to speak with an attorney who specializes in boating accidents. The right attorney will be able to make sure that you are fully compensated due to someone else’s negligence, and they can gather the relevant evidence needed to successfully pursue your claim. The attorneys at the Lopez Law Group stand ready and willing to assist and can make sure that you get what you deserve. We know how to deal with the insurance companies and can present your case effectively. Our attorneys can be reached at 727-933-0015. The sooner you hire an attorney following a boating accident the better. Give us a call today!