The state of Florida has the second-longest coastline in the country, offering an abundance of recreational boating opportunities. Commercial boating operations thrive along the Gold Coast as well. The Port of Miami is considered to be the cruise ship capital of the world and the cargo gateway of the Americas. Unfortunately, along with this vast array of water-based business and pleasure opportunities comes the risk of serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident on the water, the nationally recognized Miami boating accident lawyers at Rivkind & Margulies, P.A., can help you bring a claim against any person or business that may have been responsible. Our injury attorneys are equipped to handle many different types of boating accident cases statewide.
Some of the cases that we have handled include fishing boat accidents, jet ski accidents, canoe and kayak accidents, speedboat accidents, accidents involving striking another boat or a fixed object, pleasure boats hitting wakes from bigger boats, yachting accidents, and sailboat accidents. We regularly represent not only passengers who have been injured due to the careless or reckless conduct of those who own smaller, non-commercial boats but also seamen who work onboard commercial vessels, such as captains, cabin stewards, deckhands, and other crew members.Bringing a Personal Injury Claim After a Boating Accident
Generally speaking, when an injured person makes a claim against a person or business, including a boat owner or operator, they have the burden of proving the elements of negligence: duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages. This means that they must have been hurt as a direct result of the defendant’s careless actions. In addition to negligence claims brought by victims who are injured by a failure of a boat owner or operator to act with a reasonable degree of care, there are several other types of claims that may arise in the maritime and admiralty context. These include Jones Act cases brought by workers who are injured at sea, as well as claims brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Our seasoned maritime law attorneys can help guide your family and you toward an appropriate course of action, depending upon the circumstances of the boating accident and the injury at issue.
Importantly, all boating accident claims are subject to the maritime statute of limitations, which provides the time period during which an injured person may recover damages for accident-related expenses, such as the costs of medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and similar losses. Wrongful death cases may have an even shorter statute of limitations than do personal injury claims. It is also important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident that may have been a result of another party’s negligence or recklessness so that the victim may be represented during the critical investigative phase of the case.Seek Guidance from a Boating Accident Lawyer in Miami or Beyond
Boating accident claims may be much more complex than cases involving motor vehicle collisions on land because of the many state and federal laws that often play a role. The Miami boating accident attorneys at Rivkind & Margulies, P.A., are highly esteemed both in Florida and across the nation for their representation of injured individuals and their families. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our skillful legal team, call us at (877) 348-1333 or contact us online. We represent victims throughout Florida, including in Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Tampa, Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Canaveral, as well as the Florida Panhandle.