Pompano Beach Boating Accidents

The Pompano Beach boating accident attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. work aggressively to bring their clients financial compensation for losses suffered as a result of somebody else’s negligence. We have over 20 years of experience securing significant settlements and trial verdicts related to boating and other accidents. Pompano Beach, situated in Broward County, includes 3 miles of beachfront facing the Atlantic Ocean. If you have been hurt in a boating accident, enlisting the help of an experienced personal injury attorney can significantly impact your chances of recovering damages for your injuries.

Boating Accident Injuries

Florida is home to more boating activity than any other state. Further, because water traffic is generally less regulated than road traffic, people may be more likely to be negligent or reckless while sailing or operating a boat. Showboating or drinking while driving a boat can lead to an increased likelihood of boating accidents and injuries.

According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission there were 742 reportable boat accidents, which led to 67 fatalities, in Florida in 2011. Injuries ranged from laceration, to shock, to spinal injury. During the same year, there were 41 reportable boat accidents in Broward County, including 6 fatalities and 13 injuries. When these accidents arise from negligence, or failure to exercise reasonable care, the responsible party can be held liable for the expenses associated with the victim’s injuries, including medical expenses and lost wages.

Cruise Ship Injuries

Cruise ships operate in the waters off Pompano Beach. Many dangerous conditions exist on cruise ships, especially hazards that can lead to slip and fall accidents. Such hazards include water on deck by a swimming pool, spilled food by a food station, or spilled liquids by a bar. A cruise line’s failure to eliminate these hazards can lead to painful injuries for you or your loved ones, and you may have grounds for legal action as a result.

If you are contemplating a lawsuit due to an injury sustained on a cruise, it is important to keep in mind that cruise lines print restrictions related to lawsuits on passenger tickets. Many require passengers to agree to a shortened period in which to bring a claim. Additionally, slip and fall injuries in Florida may only be compensated in instances where an owner actually knew or had constructive knowledge of a dangerous condition. This is a more difficult standard for plaintiffs to meet than some other states’ slip and fall laws. Maritime rules or the laws of other states may also apply in cruise ship cases, and can differ from Florida law. Due to the complexity and urgency of these cases, it is important to contact an experienced personal attorney right away if you have been injured in a slip and fall or other accident on a cruise ship. You may be entitled to compensation for any medical costs or other damages you have sustained, and a knowledgeable attorney can assist you in determining the best strategy for pursing those amounts.

Boating Wrongful Death

Many who operate boats in Florida do not know the rules of water navigation or how to safely operate watercraft. Sadly, wrongful death commonly occurs when boats crash into fixed objects, when water skiers collide with boats, or when passengers fall out of one boat and are run over by another boat. In Florida, a decedent’s survivors may be compensated for a wrongful death that occurs as a result of somebody else’s negligence, or failure to use reasonable care, while operating a boat or cruise ship. Legally, survivors include spouses, children, parents, or any family member who relied upon services performed by the deceased. Depending on their relationship with the decedent, these survivors may be able to recover compensation for the medical expenses of the deceased, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of support, and other damages.

Pompano Beach Personal Injury Attorneys

The Florida personal injury attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you if you were injured in a boat or cruise ship accident, or if a loved one was hurt or killed as a result of negligent behavior on the water. Before you talk to an insurer for an adverse party or sign any binding accident-related paperwork, consider talking to an attorney. Please call us at 954-428-9333 or contact us through our online form for a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation.