A weekend on the water should be fun and relaxing. Unfortunately, if a negligent boater acts carelessly or recklessly, you could end up injured. If you were involved in a boating accident and suffer minor or major injuries, we might be able to help. Florida law allows you to hold the boater responsible for the damage to your vessel, the medical treatment you require, and other accident-related expenses and losses.
The Jacksonville boat accident attorneys from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offer free case reviews and consultations for victims of Florida boat accidents. If you believe another party acted negligently and caused your injuries, you may be able to hold them accountable by filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 and let us evaluate your case for free.
Common Damages in a Jacksonville, FL, Boat Accident Case
Our legal team will work to show how the other party caused your boat accident injuries. We may be able to collect compensation for a range of damages by filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. The damages that are common in this type of case may include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Prescription drug costs
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Physical therapy
- Other health care costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your boat and/or personal property
- Pain and suffering
If we find proof of intoxication by the at-fault boater at the time of the accident, you may also request compensation for punitive damages, above and beyond standard damages.
Proving Negligence and Liability in a Boating Accident Case
Most boating accidents happen because of careless mistakes made by distracted or inexperienced boaters. Drunk or reckless boaters may also break rules that lead to crashes. To recover compensation in your case, we need to show the at-fault party acted negligently and caused your injuries.
There are four elements required to prove negligence:
- The other party had an obligation to follow specific rules and behave in a reasonable manner
- They failed to uphold this obligation, putting you in danger
- Their failure caused the accident and your injuries
- You suffered physical injuries or financial losses because of the accident
If we can show the boater who caused your accident acted negligently, Florida law allows us to hold them responsible for your damages through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. This law applies if you were driving a boat, a passenger, swimming, skiing, kayaking, canoeing, and potentially other circumstances.
In rare cases, the liable party may not be the driver of another boat, or there may be additional liable parties. For example, if a boat rental company failed to maintain their craft properly and this led to an accident they may be responsible. They might also be liable if they knowingly rented a boat to someone who was noticeably intoxicated. As a part of managing your case, we will identify any and all possible liable parties.
Navigating the Jacksonville Boat Accident Claims Process
From the moment we begin our complimentary evaluation of your case, we work to build the most persuasive case possible on your behalf. If we accept your case, we will launch a full investigation to get to the bottom of what exactly happened, how you suffered injuries, and why. As a part of this investigation, we will:
- Request copies of the accident report
- Identify and collect all evidence that pertains to your case
- Analyze eyewitness statements and conduct additional interviews as necessary
- Recover video or pictures from the scene
- Request copies of your medical records
- Call in experts to learn more about your future medical needs
- Work with accident reconstruction specialists familiar with boating crashes
- Collect evidence of your losses and expenses
After we conclude our investigation and have proof the responsible party acted negligently, we will approach their insurance provider with our claim. In most cases, this is their homeowner’s insurance policy. In some cases, it may be a business liability policy or a policy that specifically covers the boat and boating accidents.
When we file the claim, we usually begin with a demand letter. This letter explains our case against the policyholder and outlines your damages. It also demands they pay out a fair settlement based on the facts of your case.
Usually, they respond with a counter-offer, which begins negotiations. From this point, we can either negotiate a fair settlement agreement or file a lawsuit to get you the money you deserve. If it becomes necessary, we are not afraid to take this type of case to court.
Talk to a Boat Accident Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL, Today
The Jacksonville boat accident lawyers from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offer free case evaluations and can help you understand your rights after a boating injury. If you have a valid case, we will handle your claim or lawsuit for you on a contingency basis. You only have to pay for our services if we recover compensation for you.