Legal Support Following A Boating Accident
We have great fun on the lakes in North and Central Florida — Lake George, Lake Charles, Lake Bryant, Orange Lake, Lake Weir. But when accidents by negligence occur on the water, compensation may be in order.
At The Briggs Law Firm, we represent people who have been injured or lost a family member in a boating or other recreational accident.
Accidents happen with almost any kind of watercraft — cabin cruisers, sailboats, cruise boats, pontoons and personal watercraft like Jet Skis. Alcohol is often involved, but just as often the cause is not paying attention to the safety of others. Unattended boats ram into each other. Swimmers are struck by oncoming craft. Propellers cause serious gashes and abrasions. Fires break out, and engines explode.
Compensation For Boat Accident Injuries
The only good news in the case of a boat injury is that personal injury law applies as fully out on the water as it does on land. While most boaters carry liability and collision insurance, you can still file a claim for compensation if the other operator was uninsured or insufficiently insured.
Our attorneys also represent people injured while fishing, snorkeling, scuba or deep sea diving, water skiing, playing in water parks or just out for a pleasant cruise. We file wrongful death claims for drownings.
Some boats are commercial, operated by fisheries, tour outfits and boat rental businesses. These companies are obliged to keep their watercraft in safe condition and to operate them responsibly. When these conditions are absent, your claim against one of these businesses is likely to hold up.