For many Floridians, there’s no better weekend or vacation activity than getting on a boat and enjoying the beautiful coastal weather the Sunshine State has to offer. Nobody should have that experience ruined by a preventable accident, but unfortunately, accidents happen every day. In 2011 alone, Florida saw 742 reported boating accidents and 431 related injuries. We may lead the country for most boats per capita, but we also lead for the most boat-related accidents.
Nobody ever thinks that they’re going to be injured in a boating accident, but if you ever are, you need to be prepared to seek justice against the individuals or organizations who caused your injuries. The legal team at Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey can help you fight back and get the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and other costs associated with the accident. Don’t let a bad experience ruin boating for you forever; contact us so you can start getting your life back on track.
Although we may label some boats with adjectives like “reliable” and “unsinkable,” accidents can occur on or around any type of vessel. Florida waterways are often unpredictable, as are the people at the helm of recreational and commercial boats. Some of the water vessels commonly seen in our state that can be involved in accidents include:
Not all personal injury law firms are the same, nor will every personal injury law firm have experience with boating accident cases. You don’t want to just walk into a random firm and hire a lawyer who has never handled this type of case before, because it falls under a unique and complex set of regulations called maritime or admirality law.
Maritime law can be so complex that in Florida, attorneys need to be specially board certified to practice it. Fortunately, the attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey have more than 40 years of experience with maritime law between them. They can help you make sense of your boating accident, determine who is at fault, and pursue the proper course of action to get you the compensation you need.
Lawlor, White & Murphey is a firm dedicated to pursuing justice for anyone injured through no fault of their own in a Florida boating accident. Whether you were injured on a cruise, on a speedboat that your friend wasn’t experienced enough to handle, or on any other type of boat for any reason, you shouldn’t be the one to pay the price.
You can’t afford to wait to contact a lawyer after you’re injured in a boating accident. Under maritime law, the statute of limitations is three years for injuries that occurred on most vessels, but only one year for cruise ship injuries. If you suffer silently for longer than that amount of time and then decide you want to take legal action, there’s not much you can do.
That’s why it’s important that you talk to an attorney at Lawlor, White & Murphey as soon as you can after being in any kind of boating accident. We’ll go over the details of your case with you in your free initial consultation and let you know what steps we would need to take to get you the compensation you deserve.
It’s easy to reach out to us. You can email us at info@LawlorWinston.com or fill out our convenient online case review form, and one of our attorneys will get back to you promptly. If you want to speak to someone immediately, call us at one of the numbers below.