Recovery in South Florida Water Sport’s Injuries
Our stunning beaches, lakes, rivers and inland waterways make boating one of the most popular pastimes in Florida. More than 900,000 water vessels are registered in the State. Boaters may be lulled into a false sense of safety as they glide effortlessly across the water. However, boats present numerous risks of injuries. In fact, Florida has the most boating deaths of any state in the country.
Brais Law Firm represents residents and tourists throughout Florida who have been injured in boating and Jet Ski collisions or accidents. In fact, two of the firm’s attorneys are Florida Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime lawyers, meaning that these attorneys are permitted by the Florida Bas to represent that they are “experts” in this field of law. Our firm has recovered $40 million in damages for our clients in the past four years, which has earned our Miami jet ski lawyers membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum on multiple occasions*. We recently recovered $225,000 in a Jet Ski accident, more than $200,000 for a yacht guest injury and numerous six and seven figure recoveries for other client injuries*. Our Results page gives more samples.
We are available to help you recover damages for injuries you sustained in a watercraft Jet Ski accident.
Florida Boating Laws
A person must be at least 14 years old to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) in Florida and 18 to rent a PWC. This means young people with no driving experience may be operating a powerful motorized vessel, capable of reaching speeds well in excess of 50 mph.
You need a license to drive a car, but not to drive a boat. In 2010, Florida started requiring operators born in 1988 or later to have a Boating Safety Education Identification Card to drive a water vessel with 10 or more horsepower. The card provides proof of successful completion of a water safety course. However, multiple exceptions apply. For example, certain vendors are permitted to issue temporary cards to out-of-state tourists who may not have operated a vessel before.
Common Boating Accidents
South Florida’s waterways and ocean have become increasingly congested. Unfortunately, many boaters fail to appreciate the risks associated with careless or reckless boating. Commonly, boaters drink alcohol, speed, horse around and succumb to multiple distractions while maneuvering water vessels. This conduct can put you at serious risk of:
- Collisions, i.e., another vessel striking your vessel
- Prop strike / run-over injuries or death, involving swimmers, snorkelers and divers
- Sandbar injuries when a careless operator attempts to re-float the vessel with excessive horsepower
- Falling overboard and drowning
- Allision, i.e., suffering serious injuries when the operator of your vessels runs it hard aground while underway or strikes a fixed object like a bridge abutment
- Being struck by an anchor, beam or other ship’s appurtenance not properly secured or fastened
- Suffering serious personal injuries when the operator of a larger nearby vessel causes excessive waves, called “wake”
Damages Arising from Watercraft Accidents
The types of damages our attorneys pursue depend upon the facts of your case, but may include compensation for disabilities, scarring and disfigurement, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, interference with the enjoyment of your life, pain and suffering associated with:
- Crush injuries
- Head injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Near drowning
Recover Damages from your Boating Accident
Brais Law Firm offers you a free, no-risk consultation to discuss your boating accident claim. Our contingency arrangement means you do not owe us attorneys’ fees until we recover damages. Our firm handles boating accident claims throughout Florida from our main office located in Miami.
*Specific details regarding case and settlement results are not indications of the results of future cases and settlements, nor should they be held to be guarantees, warranties, or predictions regarding the result of representation by our firm. Furthermore, any message regarding the result of a specific case is not a promise of similar results in future cases, but rather represents the outcome of the specific legal and factual basis from which it arises.