If you sustained an injury in an Orange City boat accident or you lost a loved one in a fatal boating accident, you may have a legal right to financial compensation.
Boat collisions and onboard boat accidents can lead to painful injuries and even death. At Bogin, Munns & Munns, we help clients who have been injured or lost a loved one in a boat accident pursue compensation for their damages. An Orange City boating accident lawyer from our firm can investigate your accident and determine the cause. If another party’s negligence or wrongdoing caused the accident, we will file a claim on your behalf and represent you throughout the injury claim process.
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Injuries Common in Boating Accidents
Boats are usually associated with fun activities like fishing, waterskiing, or sunbathing. Most people do not recognize how dangerous boating can actually be. However, a boat accident can happen in the blink of an eye, and the results can be catastrophic. Injuries caused in boat accidents may result from the boat colliding with another boat, running into stationary objects like rocks or pilings, or grounding. Injuries or deaths may also occur when a boat occupant falls overboard or is injured by the boat’s propellers. Improper venting of the boat can result in gas fumes igniting and causing an explosion. There are nearly countless ways that a person may be injured or killed on a boat trip.
Boat accidents can result in:
- Lacerations and contusions
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Brain damage from near-drowning
- Internal organ damage
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Burn injuries
- Death caused by drowning or severe injuries
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Fatal Boating Accidents
A leisurely day on the water can turn into a tragedy in an instant. Boating accident deaths can be caused by collisions, run-over accidents, and other incidents. Many boating deaths are the result of drowning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 10 people die every day from drowning in the United States. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under 15 and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in adults.
If your loved one died in a boating accident, you may be unsure of what your legal options are. If boating under the influence (BUI) or other criminal offenses were involved in your loved one’s death, the liable party may face criminal charges. However, criminal charges do nothing to compensate the family of the deceased.
At Bogin, Munns & Munns, we understand that no amount of money could ever truly compensate a grieving family for the death of a loved one. However, we also understand that a death in the family can incur considerable financial harm. Through a wrongful death claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your loved one’s death. You could be compensated for your loved one’s lost income and employment benefits, the loss of companionship and care offered by your deceased loved one, funeral and burial costs, medical expenses, and more. You may also receive compensation for your mental suffering and grief.
To discuss bringing a wrongful death or injury claim against a negligent boat operator or other party, contact Bogin, Munns & Munns. A lawyer can help explore your legal options. Call (386) 860-5200 for a free consultation.
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Damages in a Florida Boat Injury Claim
If you were injured in a boating accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a boating injury claim. You could be compensated for your:
- Past medical bills including ambulance transportation, emergency room treatment, hospital care, medical testing, doctor’s visits, and more
- Future medical costs, including ongoing costs associated with rehabilitative care
- Lost income from your time off of work
- Future lost income from medical appointments, surgeries, or other medical needs related to your boat accident
- Impairment to your earning capacity caused by your disability
- Disfigurement and/or scarring
- Physical pain and mental suffering caused by the accident
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Determining and Proving Liability in a Boating Accident
In some boat accidents, the party who is liable or legally responsible for the accident is unknown. You may suspect that a certain individual or organization is to blame but do not have enough evidence to prove fault. An Orange City boating accident lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns can help you identify the liable party and gather evidence that demonstrates the liable party’s negligence or wrongdoing. Often, there is more than one liable party for a boating accident.
Liability may lie with:
- Another boat driver
- The boat manufacturing company
- The boat’s owner
- A boating company or other commercial company
- Another party who acted negligently
Comparative Negligence for a Boat Accident
It is possible that your own actions or the actions of your deceased loved one contributed to the boat accident. Boat accident cases involving shared fault are often especially complex, so legal help from an attorney is highly recommended. If your own negligence contributed to the accident, you should know that you may still be entitled to financial compensation.
Florida personal injury claims follow a legal doctrine called comparative fault. According to Florida Statute § 768.81, an injured person may still be entitled to compensation even if their negligence contributed to their injuries. However, the amount of damages they may be entitled to is reduced by their percentage of fault. If you were speeding, not paying attention, or otherwise acted negligently at the time of your accident, you may still have a right to compensation. This rule also applies to wrongful death cases involving shared fault.
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If you or a loved one was hurt in a boat accident in Orange City, Florida, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. An Orange City boating accident lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns can help explain your legal options. Call our office at (386) 860-5200 to speak to a member of our team during a free consultation.