When people think of Florida, they think of sun, fun and the water. While we think (and enjoy) these things also, as maritime attorneys we also see the dangers associated with water based activities, such as boating, jet skiing, parasailing, and the like.
Many individuals who enjoy spending time near, in or on the water often choose to participate in various water activities, some of which may require the use of boats. While it is true that boating can be a fun and fulfilling way to enjoy the warm weather and the water, individuals who plan to board boats should be mindful of the fact that the risk of accidents is high, particularly in Florida. In fact, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has put out a plea to boaters, asking them to take additional precautions in order to lessen the occurrence of boat-related accidents and injuries. Water-related accidents can occur for a variety of reasons and the injuries that a victim can sustain can be devastating and life-threatening.
Possible Injuries That Boaters Might Incur From an Accident
Boating accident injuries, like most other accident injuries, can range in their type, severity and longevity. Depending on the nature of the accident, an individual might sustain lacerations, contusions and abrasions that may be minor in nature and easily treatable. However, some accident victims might experience injuries of a more serious nature, such as burns, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, electrocution and even drowning.
A maritime attorney who handles such cases on a regular basis is well aware of the fact that anyone who sustains injuries from an accident may be in need of substantial medical treatment or even long-term rehabilitation services and/or care. Such care is often very costly and some people might choose to forego certain treatment because of their financial concerns and/or inability to afford. But boating accident victims do not have to attempt to deal with their accident-related issues on their own–financial help may be available. Anyone who has been hurt in a boat-related incident should contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible to find out if a claim can be made on their behalf.
Obtaining Compensation for Your Injuries
If a victim of a vessel accident can successfully prove his or her case, compensation may be awarded. The compensation stemming from a boat accident case is quite often used to assist individuals with paying their medical costs, as well as provide funds to cover lost wages, loss of prospective work and pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, some victims fail to obtain the just compensation that they deserve for their injuries, especially when they attempt to handle their cases on their own without obtaining legal guidance from a skilled professional. There are certain situations in which using a well-versed lawyer may prove to be most beneficial. For example, anyone who has suffered financial loss due to property damage or any of the other accident-related issues mentioned above will likely need help with obtaining full and adequate compensation.
If you have been involved in a water-related accident in which you sustained injuries, help is available to you. Contact a maritime injury lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. as soon as possible to learn more about your rights under the law.