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Hurt on a boat while in Florida? You may have a case

People choose to come to Florida on vacation for reasons that include the warm weather, the many tourist attractions and miles of beautiful beaches. One of the many activities you may enjoy while you are here is boating and boating-related activities. However, accidents can happen, and it is smart to know how to protect yourself in the event you suffer injuries in an unexpected incident.

The aftermath of a boat accident can be confusing. How can you know what factors played a role in what happened to you or who is to blame? Is it possible to hold liable parties accountable for negligence and reckless actions? If you are a victim of a personal injury incident that took place during a recreational boating activity, you could have a valid claim to financial compensation.

How can you know who is to blame? 

Boating accidents are often serious, and victims may find themselves dealing with damages and injuries that can affect the rest of their lives. Recreational boats are fun, but they can also be dangerous. Some of the watercraft and boats that can harm tourists, visitors and residents include: 

  • Jet skis
  • Chartered fishing boats
  • Sailboats
  • Kayaks or canoes
  • Airboats
  • Cabin cruisers

These are just a few examples of the types of watercraft you may enjoy while in Florida. However, they can also lead to serious harm in the event of negligent operation, improper maintenance, lack of training or no instructions given and more. It is possible the boat owner, operator, manager or other parties may be liable for what you experienced.

Through civil claim, you may be able to reclaim your financial losses and secure what you need to get better and move forward. It is not easy to walk through the civil claims process, but with support and guidance, you can fight for the full and fair recovery you deserve

The rights of boat accident victims

Boat accident victims have the right to stand up for their own interests and hold the liable parties accountable. As a victim, you may be unsure of what this means or how you can do this, but it can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of the legal options available to you. Discussing your case with an experienced boat accident attorney can help you understand the most appropriate way to move forward.

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  1. RATED BY Super Lawyers | Clifford C. Higby | SuperLawyers.com Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
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  3. RATED BY | Super Lawyers | Rising Stars | Kevin D. Barr | SuperLawyers.com Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
  4. Florida Justice Association The Florida Justice Association is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida's civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida's citizens and consumers.
  5. The Florida Bar 1950 | Mr. Higby was the former Chairman of the Trial Lawyer’s Section of The Florida Bar The Florida Bar is the integrated bar association for the state of Florida. Its duties include the regulation and discipline of attorneys. Mr. Higby was the former Chairman of the Trial Lawyer’s Section of The Florida Bar.
  6. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for JUSTICE The American Association for Justice, is a nonprofit advocacy and lobbying organization for plaintiff's lawyers in the United States. AAJ's stated mission is to "promote a fair and effective justice system."
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