Legal help after a boating accident in Brevard County

On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Boating Accidents on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

With the Brevard County’s mild temperatures and its proximity to water, boating is a popular leisure activity for people in Florida young and old. While the majority of boaters follow the rules of the water and don’t perform dangerous actions or break the law, there is still the potential for a boat accident. Similar to a motor vehicle, a boat can become a dangerous thing when used improperly. If there is a reckless boater, an inexperienced boater or there is the simple and unfortunate instant of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, a boating accident can lead to injury and death.

These incidents can happen when on a personal boat or a commercial boat. When there is a mistake made by those who are purportedly in charge and responsible, the person who was hurt or the family of the person killed may have the right to pursue a lawsuit to seek financial compensation. There are many factors that go into how much will be paid if there is a legal filing. Medical costs, the inability to work, rehabilitative care and the loss of companionship are all factors. If there was a fatal boat accident, the family left behind might wonder how they’re going to make ends meet or move on without the victim.

Many issues must be considered. This includes the severity of the injuries, if there was an intoxicated boater that caused the crash, the kind of boat that was involved, and what the people on the boat were doing — whether they were having a party or simply out for a day of fishing. Other issues that must be considered include whether the boat was functioning properly and well-maintained, who the owner of the boat is, if there was someone with a license to operate the boat and that person was, in fact, operating it, if there was the adequate safety equipment and procedures in play and how powerful the boat was.

One issue that is not in dispute when there is a boating accident is the need for those who were affected by it to have experienced legal advice. Making a mistake when there is a boating accident and failing to get documented treatment, have a comprehensive investigation and following through on all the necessities to file a lawsuit can damage the viability of the case. Our overview of boating accidents may help you further explore your options after a boating accident.