It's only logical that the sunshine state is the number one state for boating related accidents. Sad, but it's true according to the Coast Guard’s most recent report. These accidents usually result in very serious injuries that is why time is of the essence when it comes to these situations. We here at Demesmin and Dover are your Fort Lauderdale boating accident lawyers that are here to help navigate you through these uncharted waters.
Why do I need a Fort Lauderdale boat accident attorney?
In the initial stages of a boating accident, calling an attorney may be the last thing on your mind, although let us be the first to tell you, boating accidents are very complex cases. You may easily be able to navigate the initial claim but for someone who has never navigated these situations before it becomes more difficult as it goes along.
Our boating accident lawyers at Demesmin and Dover are very aware of the laws that apply to claims here in Fort Lauderdale. They will be able to investigate and determine liability for your injuries on your behalf. Through analyzing medical bills, the accident report, and any other information that you provide us we will be able to deal directly with the insurance company, so that you don’t have to.
What is the difference between a Car and Boating Accident Claim?
Despite them being completely different vehicles of transportation which drive through different terrain there are numerous differences in the way in which these cases are handled. They both have very different rules especially because the location of the accident is dependent on how the case is handled.
How Long After My Fort Lauderdale Boating Accident do I Have to file the Claim?
If your claim is in the state of Florida then you have up to 4 years to file your lawsuit, which is a very generous amount of time. This is the same statute that wrongful deaths are listed, except in those instances you only have 2 years past the date of a loved one's passing to file. It is always good to contact a lawyer earlier on in your case as the later it gets, the less options are available to you. Contacting a boating lawyer will ensure your case is filed on time.
How do I prove liability in a Fort Lauderdale Boating Case?
The beauty of contacting a Fort Lauderdale boating attorney early on in your case is we can handle that for you. The negligent party that caused harm is at fault, although in the case of boating accidents it is difficult to prove when there are no lines or roadways to see. That is why we do the investigative work for you. We analyze the known obligations boating drivers have and determine if they were followed. These things can be anywhere from operating the boat in a reasonable manner to exercising caution of other individuals in the water. If these things are determined to not be followed then that is the negligent party. If you can prove an individual was negligent then you have means to file a claim.
So what exactly do I need to prove negligence?
That the negligent party had legal duty to you and drove without care.
That the breach of that understanding caused the accident
Your injuries were caused by the accident
The boating accident lawyers at our company can handle all of this for you. That way you never have to worry about any of this and we can help file the claim for you.