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Boating Accident Lawyer Fort Lauderdale

Boating Accident Injury Attorney

Over the years, The Injury Firm in Fort Lauderdale has helped thousands of personal injury victims including those who have suffered from a boating or watercraft accident in the Fort Lauderdale, Broward County area. With this experience and the skills required, we know how to proceed in the right way, and you will have a fully-qualified boating accident attorney by your side.

Unfortunately, Florida tops of the list of states when it comes to boating accidents, and the majority are caused by a lack of understanding of the watercraft themselves. If we are ever to see a decrease in the number of boating incidents, education is pivotal, but Florida still has no minimum requirements for people under a certain age or for boats of a certain length. Ultimately, this means thousands of people with little experience and knowledge find themselves in charge of watercraft every single year; many don’t even know how to act when another boat is coming straight towards them.

Although there are certain safety precautions such as safety vests and so-called ‘kill switches’, these aren't utilized in the majority of cases; a kill switch shuts down the boat's engine should the driver be thrown from their position. Thanks to our boating accident injury experience, we know the boating laws and everything we need to know surrounding boating.

Types of Boats? 

Of course, ‘boat’ is a fairly open term, but The Injury Firm has boating accident experience with tenders, yachts, personal watercraft such as jet skis, cabin cruisers, airboats, go-fast boats, center console runabouts, inflatable boats, paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes.

Boating Accident Injuries 

All things considered, boating is a dangerous activity and there are many different boating injuries that can be sustained. With the boat being on the water, most believe they have considered every eventuality, but this simply cannot be the case because we have the first-hand experience of the different things that can happen. For example, injury from a watercraft can come from:

  • Hitting a huge wave at the wrong angle or speed
  • Hitting propellers
  • Riding too fast
  • Ejecting after trying to navigate in harsh weather
  • Poor boat design
  • Damaged boat equipment
  • Not watching over the skier
  • Failing to recognize navigational rules
  • Hitting another boat
  • Having too many people on-board
  • Hitting a pier, bridge, or any other fixed object

Types of Boating Accident Injury Compensation

If you’ve been involved in a boating or watercraft accident recently and sustained a personal injury, you may be able to recover lost wages, medical bills, and even pain and suffering.

  • Medical Bills – With the injuries listed above, it’s very possible that you will require medical assistance. Depending on the extent of the injury, the bills could be for an x-ray or they could be for a hospital stay, surgery, appointments with specialists, and more. Considering the boating accident wasn’t your fault in the first place, it would be unfair for you to fork over what could be a huge amount.
  • Lost Wages – Furthermore, you might not be able to work while recovering from the injury. Not only are you having to find the money for medical expenses, but you’re also losing out on money at work. Again, this doesn’t seem fair if you were an innocent party and compensation will allow you to focus on recovery rather than worrying about future finances.
  • Pain and Suffering – Although not an economic expense, we shouldn’t shy away from the impact a boating accident can have on you emotionally. Not only can it affect yourself, but it can also put your family through a difficult time too.
  • Future Medical Expenses – Finally, when The Injury Firm compiles a case for a victim of a boating accident, we consider more than just the bills you’ve had so far. With serious injuries, you might require appointments with specialists in the future too. Rather than claiming more compensation then, we can do it all now and ease the stress immediately.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive?

Ultimately, this will depend on your role on the boat or watercraft and how the accident occurred. For example, were you employed to ride the boat or watercraft or were you simply a guest? If your injuries were caused by negligence in one form or another, it’s likely you will be owed compensation to cover the expenses listed above.

Whether it’s yourself or a loved one, we highly recommend getting in touch if you’ve been involved in a boating or watercraft accident. Regardless of whether it came from time on a boat, yacht, personal watercraft, or any other watercraft, The Injury Firm is here for you and we’ll use our experience to get the result you deserve. By your side, you need a boating accident attorney who will assess your case and then make the right decisions on your behalf and this is what we will do from start to finish. To prevent you from going it alone and risking the guilty party taking advantage of you, we’ll guide you through from the very first step.

How Can a Boating Accident Attorney Help Me?

When enjoying a boat ride in the sun, the last thing you expect is to get involved in a boating accident. Unfortunately, however, this is something that both locals and visitors experience regularly. In 2020, there were over 800 boating accidents and nearly 80 deaths due to boating accidents. If you’re involved in an accident of this type in 2021, you need a boating accident attorney to help.

What Should I Do After I Have Been Involved in a Boating Accident?

Imagine the scene - the sun is shining down, you’re out on the water with friends, and work pressure is a million miles away. While this sounds ideal for many, it often ends in tears after a boating accident injury. In 2020 alone, there were 800 boating accidents in Florida, and this led to 79 deaths. As you can see, this is a serious problem, and it shows that even those who don’t think about a boating accident while on the water may just experience one.

With a boating accident lawyer such as at the The Injury Firm, you can claim compensation for a personal injury. However, you must follow the correct procedure if you’re to obtain fair compensation.

Dealing with a Boating Accident

First and foremost, get treatment for your injuries and help anybody else aboard the boat. At this stage, you need to put your health first rather than worrying about litigation and potential compensation. Not only will medical attention help physically, the medical reports that follow will also help the claiming process later.

After the initial stages, attention will then turn to blame and fault. Who caused the accident? Who is to blame for the incident? As long as you weren’t to blame, you could be entitled to compensation for the damages caused by the accident.

Common causes of boating accidents include boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, carelessness and recklessness, not following state and federal regulations, poor maintenance, and a lack of safety equipment.

When do you contact a boating accident injury lawyer after a personal injury? As soon as possible. You might have longer according to the statute of limitations, but it’s best to speak with an attorney early so that they can gather evidence, speak with eyewitnesses, and build a case before it’s too late.

The earlier you contact The Injury Firm, the better the opportunity to gather evidence and build a strong case. We’ll help by speaking with eyewitnesses, gathering evidence, compiling important documents, and contacting expert testimonies.

Another reason to choose a reliable lawyer is because of the way that insurance companies act after a personal injury in a boating accident. If insurance is applicable, they will focus on protecting their assets rather than helping victims. This means that insurance adjusters will push for interviews with the client to get them to admit blame. The Injury Firm will always protect your legal rights.

If insurance isn't applicable, we’ll still help to claim against the guilty party. We need to prove that the guilty party was negligent, that they caused the boating accident, and that the accident directly caused your injuries.

Depending on the case, you may be entitled to recover the following damages:

  • Lost income
  • Medical bills
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  • Funeral expenses

If you experience a personal injury on a boat, the first thing you need is medical attention. Then, contact a Florida boating accident lawyer for help!

How Will a Boating Accident  Attorney Help?

After a boating accident, you don’t want to research legal proceedings and the process of obtaining compensation. Instead, you want to focus on attending medical appointments and getting better. You can only do this with a personal injury attorney by your side. Therefore, the first way that a boating accident attorney helps is by helping during this difficult time.

With knowledge and experience, a personal injury attorney knows how to gather evidence, avoid common mistakes, and build a strong case against either the insurance company or the individual. As the victim, the burden of proof is on you. In other words, you need to prove that the guilty party acted negligently, recklessly, or carelessly. Thereafter, you also need to prove that this negligence caused the accident and that the accident caused your injuries.

Again, this isn’t something that you want to do while recovering from injuries. What’s more, it’s not something you want to do while grieving after losing a loved one. While some accident victims experience broken bones, lacerations, spinal cord damage, and other injuries, others sadly pass away.

A boating accident attorney will help you to claim for all the damages experienced after an accident. This includes medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, emotional anguish, pain and suffering, and more.

After you hire The Injury Firm, we’ll conduct interviews with eyewitnesses, speak with expert testimonies, find other experts to help with the case, collate all documentation (such as medical and police reports), and deal with any insurance companies involved in the process. Whether dealing with insurance companies, a judge, or a jury, we’ll provide the support you need to claim compensation.

Compensation is essential after a boating accident because it allows you to resume some form of normality. You shouldn’t have to deal with the financial repercussions if you didn’t cause the accident itself.

Common Boating Accident Causes


When contacting a boating accident attorney or personal injury attorney, it could be because another boater was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Alternatively, other causes include poor boat maintenance, lack of safety equipment, recklessness and speeding, or failing to follow the appropriate boating regulations.

The important thing is that The Injury Firm helps at every step of the process. We’ll protect you from common mistakes and ensure that you get full compensation after a boating accident. Don’t go it alone when you have friendly professionals at The Injury Firm - it starts with a free case evaluation.

Why Choose The Injury Firm?

It’s true, there are other attorneys who will help with your boating accident compensation claim. However, we believe in our service because we’re experienced, determined, passionate, knowledgeable, and available. With this last one, it’s something that’s missing from many services. Sure, they might have the experience, but will they take your calls and do everything they can to ease the pressure from your shoulders? We do.

In the past, we’ve seen people go it alone and, unfortunately, they just don’t have the experience or know-how to yield results. With compensation for injuries, don’t leave it to chance, get in touch. How? We’re glad you asked!

Can a Fort Lauderdale Boating Accident Attorney help you?

If you have any questions or want some more information about the best Fort Lauderdale boating accident attorney, please contact The Injury Firm today on 954-951-0000 or you can find us at 2000 N.E. 45th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308.

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