If you were injured in a boating accident in Florida, you should speak to a seasoned Miami boating accident attorney who can help you file your claim. Boat accident cases can be incredibly complex because maritime law can be very different than land-based law, complete with its own filing deadline and pleading requirements. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are well-versed in this area of law and can protect your rights every step of the way.
Earlier this month, country star Alan Jackson’s son-in-law died in a boating accident in Florida. Ben Selecman, 28, was an assistant district attorney for the Davison County District’s Office in Nashville. He was married to the country star’s daughter, Mattie. No further details have been released regarding the accident as of yet. Unfortunately, this is just one of many tragic boat accidents that have occurred in Florida recently. In another accident, a dad’s accidental throttle push caused a Lee County teenager to fall overboard, hit his head against the propeller and sustain fatal injuries. The incident took place in the Kemp Channel in the lower Keys. In yet another incident this past month, a Vero Beach man was seriously injured when he dove off a boat and was injured by the vessel’s propeller.
Sadly, Florida has more boat accidents every year than any other state. Many times, these accidents take place because people underestimate the dangers of boating. If you have been injured in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. Individuals injured due to the negligence of a boat operator may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and any other losses associated with the accident.
Negligence takes place when a person causes injury or death by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably competent person would have used under the same or similar circumstances. In order to win a negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish the following elements: i) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care; ii) the defendant violated the duty of care; and iii) the defendant’s violation was a direct and proximate cause of the boating accident and resulting injury.
The law governing your claim depends primarily on whether you were employed by or a guest of the boat. In addition, many recreational boating accidents involve ignorance or violation of a navigational regulation. In such cases, the injured party can point to the violation as evidence of negligence.
Boat accident can lead to serious injury, and even death. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our hard-working Miami boat accident attorneys are committed resolving your personal injury cases in a competent and compassionate manner. For a free case evaluation, please feel free to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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