Hialeah Boat Accident Lawyer
Florida is the state with the highest number of boat accidents each year, and South Florida alone accounts for more accidents than the state with the second-highest number of accidents. This means that there are thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year from serious boat accidents. If you or a loved one was involved in one of these accidents in Hialeah, consider taking your case to Hialeah boat accident lawyer Prosper Shaked.
The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked handle injury lawsuits on behalf of the victims of boat crashes and their families. Prosper Shaked fights to ensure that you will have access to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after a boat accident. For help understanding what your case is worth and how you might be able to seek compensation, call our law offices today at (305) 690-0244.
How Is Fault Determined in a Boat Accident in Florida?
After a boat crash, it is important to look at all the evidence to determine who is at fault. The concept of “fault” often seems black and white to many people; one person is at fault, and everyone else is a victim. In reality, and in a court of law, things are often much more complex. In any injury case, especially boat accident cases, there can be multiple parties that are partially to blame for the accident.
When a jury determines who caused the boat accident, they look at all parties involved. If the accident involved more than two people, prime candidates for fault might involve the pilot of either boat, but passengers and swimmers may share some portion of the blame as well. Even as the victim of an accident, you could share partial blame if you were improperly operating your boat or swimming in dangerous waters. However, this does not stop you from claiming compensation for your case. Even if you are partially to blame for the boat accident, you may still receive compensation from the other at-fault parties proportionate to the amount of fault they shared. For instance, if someone was 90% responsible for $100,000 worth of damages, the court can order them to pay you $90,000 for your injuries.
Parties can be found liable for a boat crash if they breached some duty they owed you as the victim. This can include failing to follow boating rules by boating while intoxicated, driving too fast in a “no wake zone,” or otherwise violating local boating rules and regulations. Alternatively, a boat operator can be found negligent if they failed to operate their boat with the proper care and skill expected of them. This is common in cases where inexperienced operators cause an accident with a rental boat or while driving a friend’s boat for the first time.
What Damages Are Available in a Boat Accident Case in FL?
Florida law permits victims of another person’s negligence to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party (the defendant). When suing, you have to prove that the at-fault party was negligent by showing:
- The defendant owed you a duty,
- The defendant breached that duty,
- The breach caused your accident, and
- You suffered damages the court can compensate.
Legal damages include more than just the physical wounds you suffered in the accident. You can typically claim compensation for any physical harms you suffered because of the accident, including property damage to your boat, medical costs, lost wages, and any other costs you faced. In a personal injury case, medical compensation, lost wage compensation, and pain and suffering compensation are usually the most important damages to seek.
When seeking damages for medical expenses, you can claim the cost of any medical bills you faced for treatment related to the injuries. You can also usually seek compensation for emotional trauma related to the accident, such as the cost of counseling. If you missed work while recovering from the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the wages you lost. If you were unable to go back to work entirely, or if you had to take a lower-paying job with less demanding job tasks, you could claim compensation for the reduced wages you face.
When suing for damages in a boat crash case, you can claim direct compensation for the physical pain and mental suffering you faced. The pain from serious injuries like head trauma and back injuries can be ongoing, causing suffering for years to come. This can interfere with your day to day life and keep you from enjoying activities you used to love. Testimony about these experiences and the progress of your recovery can help prove how much you could be entitled to in pain and suffering damages. These damages are often a large part of your injury case, and might not be available through an insurance claim.
Hialeah Boat Accident Attorney Offering Free Consultations
To understand how much your case might be worth, you should speak with an attorney. Hialeah boat accident attorney Prosper Shaked can help you find out what your case is worth, file a lawsuit against the responsible parties, and fight to get you the compensation you need to keep you and your family going. To schedule a free consultation on your Hialeah boat accident case, call The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today at (305) 690-0244.