Florida Keys Boat Accident Lawyer
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The waters of the Florida Keys have been trade routes, popular wrecking sites, and the perfect waters for fishing and leisure for hundreds of years. The climate in the Keys attracts tourists year-round, whether for the beaches, for fishing, or even for stargazing. The tens of thousands of people who live in the Keys and the tourists who come here never expect that they will have their life interrupted by a serious boat accident, but that is exactly what happens to many boat accident victims every year.
If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident in the Florida Keys, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. Our Florida Keys boat accident lawyers and maritime injury attorneys represent victims of serious boat crashes, overboard accidents, drownings, drunk boating accidents, and more. For a free legal consultation on your injury case, call our lawyers today at (305) 204-5369.
Types of Boat Accident Cases in the Florida Keys
Boating accidents on the water are often handled under maritime law. This is a separate type of law that applies on the water throughout the country, particularly in navigable waters like those around the Florida Keys. If you have been injured in a boating accident, it is important to work with a maritime injury lawyer who can handle different types of maritime injury cases. Our lawyers at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind handle all kinds of boating accident cases, including the following:
Drunk Boating Accidents
It is illegal under Florida law to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and maritime law has similar requirements that make drunk boating illegal. If a boat operator breaches their duty and is found to have operated a boat while drunk or high, they could be held responsible for any injuries or accidents they caused.
Crashes into Rocks, Docks, and Piers
Many boat accidents in the Florida Keys involve just a single boat crashing into a dock, a rock, a pier, or some other structure or natural obstacle. When a boat operator lacks the experience to navigate around obstacles or takes a boat out into dangerous waters without the proper training, charts, or radar to avoid dangers, they could be responsible for any injuries their passengers suffer in a crash.
Similarly, many boat crashes in the Florida Keys involve a vessel that runs aground on an island. This can cause serious injuries to passengers who could fall overboard or suffer serious injuries from the force of the crash.
Bad Weather Accidents
When a boat sinks or suffers serious damage in bad weather, many people might treat this as an act of God and assume that they have no recourse. In reality, many victims of crashes in bad weather and the families of those killed in such crashes could be entitled to sue the captain or the boating company for taking a vessel out in weather that they should have known would be too dangerous.
Many people are killed and injured each year in fires that break out on boats. One would think that being on the water would protect you from fire, but many accidents involve engine malfunctions or failures that spark flames or accidents in kitchens on larger yachts and vessels that could spread to the rest of the ship.
People who go missing from ships or are injured after falling overboard could easily be killed. If a victim of an overboard accident can be rescued quickly, they might be able to get medical attention and survive the ordeal, but many victims of overboard accidents are not rescued. Survivors can often sue for their injuries, and the family of those killed in overboard accidents can sue for the damages related to a loved one’s death.
Accidents on Ship Decks
If you were injured on board a ship, you might have a case against the ship owner or operator. Hard turns and jolts could knock passengers to the deck or into a bulkhead even if the boat does not crash. Alternatively, unsafe conditions or unseaworthy vessels could have dangers that cause serious injuries from slip and fall accidents, injuries from broken equipment, and more.
Seamen and Crewmember Injuries
Workers on ships throughout the Florida Keys could be at risk of injury at work. Seamen, longshoremen, skippers, and crewmembers working on various types of ships – and even cooks, bartenders, and servers on yachts or cruise ships – could be seriously injured in many types of accidents. These workers could potentially sue their employers or the owner of the ship under the Jones Act.
Sexual Assault and Violence on Ships
Many passengers and crewmembers on yachts, cruise ships, houseboats, party boats, and other vessels are physically assaulted or sexually assaulted every year. This is a surprisingly common cause of injury, and victims of these intentional acts can often sue the individual responsible as well as the ship that provided inadequate security or the owner who hired dangerous crewmembers responsible for the assault.
Suing for Boat Accidents in the Florida Keys
Victims of any of these types of injuries might be entitled to substantial compensation for their pain and suffering, any medical bills they suffered, and any wages they missed because of injuries sustained in a boating accident. Talk to a maritime injury lawyer before accepting any money from insurance companies or at-fault operators to prevent your case from settling too low.
Call Our Florida Keys Boating Accident and Injury Attorneys for a Free Legal Consultation
If you or a loved one was involved in a boating accident and suffered serious injuries, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind today for a free consultation on your potential case. Our Florida boat accident lawyers can discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation and help you understand whom you may be able to sue, how to file a case against them, and what compensation you could be entitled to. Call us today at (305) 204-5369 to set up a free case consultation.