What Are My Legal Rights After a Florida Boating Accident?
If you are injured in a Florida boat accident that was caused by negligence, you have a legal right to seek financial compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance coverage for the damages you suffered.
At MLG Injury, our boat accident attorneys in Florida know that may be easier said than done without a skilled personal injury lawyer by your side, as there are many factors including determining who was liable for the vessel’s crash before the insurance companies will even consider your claim.
Here is what our Florida residents need to know about being injured in a boat accident.
We Must Determine Who Was Legally Responsible for Your Florida Boat Accident
After a Florida boating accident, it is important to determine who was liable for the incident that led to your injuries.
This is important because it may be one person who was negligently operating their vessel, or multiple parties, which could include the boat’s owner and its operator when they are not the same person.
There can also be different boat accident circumstances, which may include taking legal action against the operator/owner of the vessel you were injured on, or against the boat operator/owner of another vessel you were not an occupant on that caused your injuries.
It is also possible to pursue a personal injury claim against the vessel’s manufacturer or maintenance company if defective parts or negligent upkeep led to your accident.
Our skilled Florida boat accident attorneys can help you obtain evidence, gather the necessary proof of liability, and navigate the legal system to pursue the best financial outcome for your unique case.
What if I Was Injured On a Friend or Family Member’s Boat in Florida?
While charter boats including fishing, snorkeling, diving, and pleasure cruises are incredibly popular in Florida, many of our residents enjoy their time on the water on a friend or family member’s boat.
When a collision, safety violation, or onboard accident leads to injuries or death, many fear that pursuing the boat’s owner who is a close friend or relative for financial compensation will jeopardize their relationship.
The reality is if you were hurt while on a friend or family member’s boat, or tragically lost a loved one under the same circumstances, our skilled personal injury lawyers in Florida will pursue the boat owner/operator’s insurance coverage for your financial recovery, not the individual personally.
When partnering with our experienced Florida boat accident attorneys, it removes both you and the friend or family member from the personal injury claim’s equation, as we will work directly with the insurance company (or companies) to pursue the best outcome for your unique needs, so you can preserve your personal relationship while still getting the help you need.