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West Palm Beach, with its beautiful sea and energetic boating activities, unfortunately sees its share of boating accidents. The waves, busy waterways, and the joy of the sea can sometimes lead to unexpected mishaps. If you or someone you know has been involved in a boating accident, it’s essential to take immediate action. Having the right legal representation can make a significant difference in your claim.

Felice Trial Attorneys stand by you in these challenging times. We don’t just offer legal representation, we also promise to fight for the claim and compensation you rightly deserve. Our track record speaks for itself, with a good history of securing rightful compensation for our clients. Don’t let an accident set you off of the right track. Contact us at (561) 444-8822 and let us handle your case to justice.

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Common Types Of Boating Accident Injuries

Boating mishaps in West Palm Beach can manifest in various forms, leading to diverse injuries. Here are some of the typical injuries associated with boating accidents:

  • Drowning: Besides the immediate threat to life, prolonged drowning can lead to long-term organ damage due to oxygen deprivation.
  • Amputations: Hazards like propellers can lead to the loss of limbs, either directly from the accident or later due to medical complications.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: This occurs when a victim falls overboard, hitting their head against the boat or underwater obstacles. TBI can lead to long-term symptoms like concentration issues, memory problems, and emotional instability.
  • Broken Bones: Being thrown around during a boat accident can lead to multiple fractures, limiting a victim’s daily functions and activities.
  • Anoxic Brain Injury: A lack of oxygen to the brain, as in drowning situations, can result in this type of injury. Symptoms are similar to TBI and can include blurred vision and personality shifts.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Such injuries can arise from diving into shallow waters or from boat accidents directly. They might result in partial or complete paralysis.

If you or someone you know faces any of these injuries due to a boating accident in West Palm Beach, contact Felice Trial Attorneys at (561) 444-8822 for assistance.

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Common Types Of Boating Accidents

Collisions & Lack of Attention: When boats collide with objects, other boats, or due to not maintaining a proper lookout, the risks of serious injuries rise. Such accidents can result from hitting stationary objects, other vessels, or not spotting swimmers, leading to severe consequences like the boat capsizing or propeller injuries.

Navigational Negligence: Both inexperienced operators and those ignoring maritime rules can lead to major mishaps. It is crucial to follow navigation guidelines and have trained individuals at the helm.

Unsafe Speed & BUI: Speeding boats pose significant dangers, especially when you can’t brake like on roads. The risk increases if the operator is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which is a serious offense in places like Florida.

Overboard & Slip Accidents: Falling from boats, whether due to deck hazards or other reasons, increases the likelihood of fatal injuries. Boat decks must be kept clear and slip-resistant to ensure passenger safety.

Dock-Related Incidents: Accidents near marinas and docks often involve slips and falls, but they can also occur due to collisions or negligence when boarding or deboarding. Ensuring safe conditions around docking areas is essential.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Florida, boat owners aren’t mandated to have liability insurance, so you might not get a payout from an insurance policy. Instead, you would need to seek compensation from the boat owner directly. Possible compensations include:

  • Medical bill coverage (doctor visits, surgeries, medications, future medical care)
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Lost wages due to injuries
  • Compensation for potential future earnings losses
  • Repair or replacement of your boat

Felice Trial Attorneys have extensive experience with Florida’s maritime laws and have served the Palm Beach community diligently. If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, our team can:

  • Educate you about your rights and possible courses of action.
  • Seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, and more.
  • Provide top-tier legal representation tailored to your unique case.
  • Aim to resolve your case in court or through settlement discussions.

Your protection is our priority. For assistance, contact Felice Trial Attorneys at (561) 444-8822.

Even if the at-fault party lacks boat insurance, you can still pursue a personal injury claim against them directly. However, compensation might be harder to secure. It’s worth noting that Florida doesn’t mandate boat insurance. If you’re in such a situation, reach out to Felice Trial Attorneys at (561) 444-8822 for guidance.

Fundamentally, boating accident claims focus on negligence and compensation, akin to other personal injury cases. However, they can be complex, requiring expertise in boating-specific incidents. The team at Felice Trial Attorneys is equipped to dissect every detail of your accident, guiding you through the process.

Florida law mandates accessibility to life jackets on boats but doesn’t require wearing them unless under six years of age. If another’s negligence caused your injuries, even without a life jacket, you can still pursue a claim. Connect with our attorneys to discuss specifics.

At Felice Trial Attorneys, your initial consultation is free. We handle boating accident cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay a portion of the recovered compensation, not upfront fees. Having legal representation often leads to better outcomes, with insurance companies more likely to negotiate and higher compensation chances.

Settlement duration varies. Factors like recovery time from injuries, investigation length, and negotiation rounds influence it. Severe injuries can prolong medical evaluations, and complex cases might necessitate thorough investigations. Negotiations can also extend the timeline. Our commitment at Felice Trial Attorneys is to ensure you get the rightful compensation, regardless of the time it takes.

Many insurance companies aim to settle outside of court to minimize costs. However, court appearances might be necessary for substantial claims or contested liabilities. Should your claim reach court, our attorneys will stand by your side, ensuring your case is compellingly presented.

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