The Sunshine State is surrounded by water on three sides and features numerous bodies of water, including nearly 8,000 lakes and 60 rivers. This, coupled with an average of nearly 240 days of sun each year, makes Florida a wonderful place to be on the water when the weather is warm. Unfortunately, more boats on the water also mean a greater risk for boating accidents. In 2019, Florida led the nation in recreational boating accidents with 679 reported, including 55 fatality accidents that resulted in a total of 62 deaths. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a boating accident, a qualified boat accident attorney from The Ruth Law Team can help to ensure that medical and other expenses are covered.
The last thing you need when you’re recovering from injury or mourning the loss of a loved one is to get railroaded by insurance providers looking to delay or deny your claims until you simply give up in frustration. Our knowledgeable and caring team has the experience to fight on your behalf, giving you the best opportunity to negotiate a fair settlement. As your expert boat accident laywers, The Ruth Law Team will guide you through the process of recovering maximum compensation. Contact us today at 888-783-8378 or online to speak with an experienced boat injury lawyer to learn how we can help you.
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Common Causes of Boating Accidents
While boating is often a fun pastime, accidents are not uncommon, and you may find yourself in need of a boat injury lawyer. How do you know when it’s time to contact an experienced boat accident attorney from The Ruth Law Team?
If the person driving the boat you’re on is inattentive at the wrong moment, the result could be a collision, capsized boat, or another accident in which someone gets hurt, or worse, loses their life. There are several common causes of boating accidents that could be grounds for a settlement if you suffer injury or the loss of a loved one. These could include:
- Hitting a wave/wake at high speed
- Collision with another watercraft
- Collision with a fixed object (pier, buoy, bridge, etc.)
- Hitting an object or person with the propeller
- Ignoring inclement weather
- Exceeding safe occupant capacity for the watercraft
- Failure to designate a spotter when towing a water skier/tuber
- Operator error or inexperience
- Operator inattentiveness
- Lack of familiarity with the marine area
- Lack of knowledge of navigational rules
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- and more
There are many potential causes of boating accidents. If you were injured in an accident, it’s best to speak with a professional boat accident attorney about potential compensation to cover medical and other costs.
What Happens Next?
Even with medical bills piling up and insurance providers giving you the runaround, you may be hesitant to call a boat injury lawyer, especially if you’ve never worked with a law firm before. The Ruth Law Team understands that contacting a lawyer can be intimidating, especially when you’re already overwhelmed. That’s why we go out of our way to make the process incredibly easy and approachable.
Our three-step process will get you to your goal of reaching a settlement that covers your costs with speed and efficiency. What can you expect when you trust The Ruth Law Team to support you through the negotiation process?
The process of helping you reach a settlement starts with collecting all pertinent documentation related to the accident, including police reports, witness statements, medical records and bills, insurance information for everyone involved, and more. We’ll ask you to provide what you can and track down the rest, as needed.
As your dedicated boat accident attorney, our job is to take the wheel when it comes to building your case, and that begins with collecting documentation to support your claim for compensation.
The next step is to delve deeply into the facts to collect the necessary evidence for your claim. Our talented and experienced team will scour every document and any existing footage. We’ll interview witnesses as needed and gather the necessary details from records like police reports to negotiate the best possible settlement on your behalf.
When it comes to insurance delay and denial tactics, the professionals at The Ruth Law Team have seen it all, and we have the experience and skill to counter any attack. Extensive preparations ensure that we have all the leverage we need to negotiate a fair and speedy settlement out of court, or alternatively, to win your case at trial.
You don’t need the added stress of fighting with insurance providers that are intent on low-balling you or wearing you down until you give up. They have the resources to tie you up for years, and you can’t wait that long. The caring professionals at The Ruth Law Team have your back. Our streamlined process takes the weight off your shoulders and delivers the fast and effective results you need to focus on recovery and get on with your life.
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Contact an Experienced Boating Accident Attorney
When a boating accident upends your life, leaving you injured or mourning the loss of a loved one, the experience is understandably overwhelming. You need an experienced and compassionate legal partner to take on the burden of fighting for the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on what matters most – recovering and returning to your life.
The experts at The Ruth Law Team are pleased to offer decades of experience in settling cases like yours. We’re available 24/7 to guide you through the process and support you at every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and find out how we can get to work on your case as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions About Boating Accidents
When you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a boating accident, you’re sure to have many questions when you hire a lawyer to represent you. At The Ruth Law Team, we are always happy to address your questions and concerns, starting with a few of those we hear most frequently.
The answer is yes. The qualified attorneys at The Ruth Law Team have the knowledge, experience, and skill to help you fight for the settlement you deserve. The insurance company has extensive resources and they won’t hesitate to delay or deny your claims until you’re willing to take a fraction of what you’re owed or simply give up and walk away. Don’t go it alone! Let our experts take the lead and secure the compensation you deserve.
When you choose the Ruth Law Team as your trusted boat injury lawyer, you won’t pay a dime until a settlement is reached. We know you’re dealing with a mountain of medical bills and all the stress that entails, in addition to recovering from injuries. We’re not about to pile on additional hassle. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. When we reach a settlement on your behalf, a percentage of the recovery will be used to pay our fee.
The first thing you should do is to seek medical attention, if needed. Next, gather evidence like photos, insurance information, and witness statements. Have someone at the scene do this for you, if you are unable to do so yourself. Finally, contact The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation. The sooner we get started, the quicker we can begin working to secure compensation for you.
The Ruth Law Team always tries to negotiate a fair and speedy settlement without going to trial for your convenience and peace of mind. However, our goal is to ensure that you get the settlement you deserve so that you can cover current and anticipated expenses, and we are prepared to go to trial to fight for you if necessary.
Yes. The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of experience successfully settling personal injury claims like yours, and that includes significant trial experience.
The Ruth Law Team has extensive experience recovering damages in cases like yours, and we pride ourselves on securing maximum settlements for our clients. We always want to make your life as easy as possible so that you can focus on important tasks like recovering and getting back to your life. This is why we come to you, at home or in the hospital. We’re on call 24/7 to address any questions or concerns you may have.
You’ll enjoy the full power of our diverse team of legal experts. The Ruth Law Team represents you -- and your best interests drive every action we take.
In addition to negotiating your settlement with insurance companies, we have experience working with medical providers to ensure you get the care you need now, sometimes with payment delayed until your case reaches settlement.
If you’ve hired another attorney that isn’t meeting your needs, The Ruth Law Team invites you to schedule a free consultation with our qualified and experienced lawyers to see if we’re a better fit. Whether you’ve discovered that your current law firm doesn’t have expertise in boating accidents specifically, or you simply can’t get anyone to return your calls, our experienced and attentive team is happy to take the reins and work to secure a fair settlement quickly.
Whether you were the operator of the boat, a passenger, or a person in the water, if you suffer injuries due to a boating accident, you can file a personal injury case to attempt to recover damages. Compensation could cover:
- Medical expenses, including physical therapy
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
The scope of your injuries and the impact to your life will affect the types of damages you seek and the amount you recover.
In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case may vary based on the circumstances of your accident. For example, in a boating accident involving general negligence, the statute of limitations is generally four years from the date at which the accident occurred. However, this time drops to two years in the event of a wrongful death. Exceptions may also apply if you were injured as a passenger on a cruise or if you had purchased a ticket for a boat ride, as you may have agreed to certain limitations or waivers as a part of your purchase. Boat accident cases are unique, so it’s always best to contact the experts at The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible to find out how the statute of limitations impacts your case.
Even if you are deemed to be partially at fault for a boating accident, the state of Florida observes the comparative fault doctrine, which means you could still seek recovery for your injuries. However, the amount of fault assigned to you will reduce the amount of damages you’re eligible to recover.
A claim for damages following a boating accident requires you to establish that the boat operator had a duty of care, that the duty was breached, and that the damages you suffered were due to said breach. If you can’t establish fault in an accident, these requirements are difficult to meet. However, The Ruth Law Team has the resources to investigate your case, find evidence, and help to determine fault, in order to move forward with seeking a settlement.
Boat Accident Attorneys
For over 40 years, The Ruth Law Team has successfully secured settlements in cases like yours. As your trusted boat injury lawyer, we’ll put our extensive resources to work fighting for the compensation you deserve. Our talented team of expert attorneys includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
Every lawyer on our talented team has the knowledge, experience, skill, and drive to win settlements and secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
Boating Accident Lawyers in Florida
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