Water sports activities such as boating, jet skiing and water skiing are popular activities in Florida year round, but especially during the spring and summer months. These activities pose a unique danger of serious personal injury and death and involve complex legal and safety issues.
Collisions with other boats, or other type of water craft, are the most common cause of serious injury and death in boating accidents. It is a general rule of law that the owner and operator of a boat has a duty to use due care in the operation of their boat in order to prevent injuries and death to others.
You should note that you must file your lawsuit for injuries within 4 years of the date of the accident. Florida law prohibits any suit filed after the 4-year period. Lawsuits for wrongful death must be filed within 2 years of the date of the accident that caused the death. There are other time limits that apply to governmental agencies that require you to put the agency on notice of your claim within 3 years of the accident. If you do not provide the required notice, you are barred from filing a lawsuit. These time limitations are enforced strictly by the courts. If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of a boating accident, you should consult with a lawyer immediately to learn your legal rights.
If you have questions or concerns about injuries suffered as the result of a boating accident, contact our offices at (305) 895-7547 or toll free at (866) 895-7217 to discuss your case for free. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is never a fee unless we successfully resolve your case.