Melbourne Boat Accident Lawyers
With Law Offices Near Palm Bay, Melbourne, Rockledge, Titusville, and Cocoa
If you or a loved one has suffered because of the negligence of another person boating on the water, contact one of our East Central Florida boat accident lawyers as soon as possible to explore legal options available to you. In the sunny and beautiful weather that Florida affords, many people spend countless hours on area lakes and waterways.
It is truly a tragedy when a day of recreation turns into a nightmare after a boating or jet ski accident. When an inexperienced, reckless, drunk or distracted boater causes an accident, you could stand at risk of serious and debilitating injuries. Your medical bills could skyrocket and your time lost at work could cost you and your family valuable wages.
Common Florida Boating Accident Injuries
As reported by the U.S. Coast Guard, each year there are nearly 5,000 boating and jet ski accidents nationwide, causing over 3,000 injuries and killing 700 people. Because of the significant speeds involved in many of these accidents, occupants can be tossed from boats and jet skis and their injuries can be quite severe. It is common for boating accident victims to be subjected to crushed bones and fractures, spinal cord injury, and injury to the head and neck. In some unfortunate circumstances, accident victims can be limited to a wheelchair through paraplegia, quadriplegia and paralysis.
Something that you need to be aware of after a boating accident is that you have to get immediate medical attention. Your injuries have to be looked at and you want to ensure that you are getting the treatment that you need as soon as you can get it.
Waiting to seek medical care should not be an option for two reasons:
- Your injuries could get much worse
- You might draw the suspicions of the insurance company
It is very true that without treatment, injuries do not improve in most cases. For whatever reason, people delay treatment and it is not a wise thing to do if you want to start feeling better. You may delay treatment because of pressing obligations in your life or financial constraints, but it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you do not seek medical care right away or you do not go back for follow ups, you are likely going to have the liable party’s insurance company wondering why. They will be suspicious of you if you waited to seek medical attention right away. They could claim that you were lying about how you got your injuries or how bad your injuries really are. You do not want to be in that situation because it will affect your compensation. The insurance company may even be able to eliminate your claim.
Compensation and Claims in Boating and Jet Ski Accidents
The irresponsibility of others on the water through drinking and other negligent behavior should not be tolerated, as it puts many thousands of innocent people at risk. The skilled attorneys at Layman Law Firm firmly believe in providing outstanding legal representation and personal service to our clients. We will work tirelessly to recover the damages you need to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering and to bring reckless wrongdoers to justice.
Comparative negligence laws work as follows:
- Being 0% at fault for the accident gets you full compensation
- Being 1% – 99% at fault for the accident gets you reduced compensation
- Being 100% at fault for the accident does not get you compensation
We aim to protect you from the insurance company. They are going to be out to try to reduce your compensation or eliminate your claim totally.
One powerful tool they have is a recorded statement that they will ask you to give. It can be very damaging to your case if you agree to give them a recorded statement. They are trained to get answers from you that could paint you as at fault for your injuries and accident. The best thing you can do in this case is hand over communications to our East Central Florida boat accident lawyers.
Florida Boating Accident Statute of Limitations
In any state in the US, you are going to be given a statute of limitations. That is the given amount of time you have to bring your claim. If you do not bring your claim before four years in Florida, you will be barred from receiving compensation. Don’t wait to hire a lawyer, because your evidence may go missing and your witnesses may forget key details of the accident that may have helped your case.
Call Our East Central Florida boat accident lawyers Today
If you have been seriously injured in a boat accident, please call our office today to set up a free initial consultation. Our East Central Florida boat accident lawyers are here to help you get through your case. We want you to get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.