Orlando Boating Accident Attorney
Recreational Boating & Personal Watercraft Injury Claims
With its extensive network of lakes, bays, rivers, and waterways, Florida is home to many recreational boating enthusiasts. Unfortunately, what begins as a fun day on the water can quickly turn into a nightmare when fellow boaters and others act negligently, recklessly, or wrongfully.
If you were injured or if someone you love died in a boating accident, and you believe someone else was to blame, reach out to NeJame Law right away. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses, and our team can help. Our Orlando boating accident attorneys have extensive experience representing injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed in devastating recreational accidents throughout Orange County, and they have successfully secured numerous favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of their clients.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Boating Accidents?
Because they often occur on the water, boating accidents frequently lead
to catastrophic injuries, such as near-drownings,
neck and back injuries,
brain injuries, and more. In many cases, they are deadly. Tragically, most boating accidents
are also entirely preventable.
Negligence is the leading factor in recreational boating accidents in Florida.
This negligence can take many forms, including but not limited to:
- Inexperience and inattentiveness
- Violating navigational rules
- Boating while intoxicated/under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Operating a boat or personal watercraft at excessive speeds
- Failing to keep a proper lookout for people/objects in the water
- Boating while distracted
- Attempting to operate a watercraft in hazardous waters
- Reckless or dangerous maneuvers
Machinery and equipment failure are also relatively common in boating accidents. In such cases, injured individuals or the family members of those killed due to accidents caused by boat defects may have cases against the manufacturer, distributor, or another liable party.
Who Is Liable for a Recreational Boating Accident?
Like other types of motor vehicle accident cases—such as those involving cars, motorcycles, and large trucks—boating accident claims are contingent on liability. In other words, to have a case, you must be able to prove that another person or party is legally responsible for your injuries and damages.
Proving this requires you to demonstrate each of the following elements:
- Another person or party owed you a duty of care
- The other person or party breached the duty of care
- You were injured as a result of the breach of the duty of care
- You suffered measurable damages
Generally speaking, all boaters owe others on the water—including fellow boaters, personal watercraft operators, water-skiers, wakeboarders, and swimmers—a duty of care. This means they have a responsibility to act reasonably and follow all applicable rules meant to keep others safe. If they fail to do this and, instead, act carelessly, recklessly, or wrongfully, leading to injury, they can be held responsible for the resulting damages.
At NeJame Law, our Orlando boating accident lawyers can conduct an exhaustive investigation into your claim to determine how the accident occurred and, most importantly, who is liable. We often work alongside a team of experts, including accident reconstructionists and medical specialists, to evaluate the full extent of our clients’ injuries and damages. From there, we are able to prepare our clients’ cases for litigation and aggressively negotiate settlements that cover all of our clients’ current and future losses. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, our team of seasoned trial lawyers is ready to represent you in the courtroom.
Damages in Boating Accident Claims
As previously mentioned, boating accidents frequently lead to severe, life-altering injuries. Victims and their loved ones often face serious challenges when it comes to healing and getting back on their feet.
At NeJame Law, we fight to recover maximum compensation for all our clients’ economic and non-economic damages, including but not limited to:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Ambulance fees
- Ongoing treatment and future care
- Medications and medical equipment
- Lost income/wages, including future earnings
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Counseling and/or therapy
- In-home assistance/care
If your loved one died in a recreational boating accident in Orlando or anywhere in Orange County or the nearby areas, we can also assist you in filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party and seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, lost inheritance, and loss of love, companionship, guidance, support, and counsel.
Representation You Can Rely On
Facing the aftermath of a boating accident can be overwhelming. When you
are focused on getting proper medical care, managing day-to-day expenses,
taking time off work, and healing from the accident, you shouldn’t
have to also worry about working with the insurance company to get the
fair compensation you are owed. Instead, allow our team at NeJame Law
to fight for you.
Our experienced Orlando boat accident lawyers are prepared to handle the details of your case so that you can focus on moving forward. We have earned a reputation for successfully representing our clients’ best interests, even when that means taking their cases to trial. Insurance companies know that we will not back down from a challenge, which often gives us the leverage needed to achieve swift, favorable settlements for our clients.
Regardless of the complexity of your case, NeJame Law is here for you. We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, so you don’t owe anything unless/until we recover compensation on your behalf.