Boat Accidents

Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Florida

Watercraft or boat accidents, whether in beautiful Florida or anywhere in the world, often involve catastrophic injuries and may occur in a variety of ways. This wide body of law ranges from claims occurring on lakes, canals, and other local bodies of water, to Federal Maritime and Admiralty law pertaining to injuries occurring on international waters and other open areas.

Causes of boat accidents

There are a number of factors that can cause boating related injuries or fatalities, including many of the same factors that cause them for drivers of other motorized vehicles:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Ignoring posted signs and warnings
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Operating damaged or defective boats
  • Operating in unsafe weather conditions
  • Operator ignorance and inexperience

The boat accident lawyers at Ellis, Ged & Bodden P.A. will examine all the circumstances surrounding any watercraft accident to determine whether a claim for damages may be brought on behalf of the victims.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act provides an injured seaman with a remedy against his or her employer when injuries occur from negligent acts of the employer or co-workers, during the course of employment on a ship or vessel. As seasoned boat accident lawyers, we have the experience necessary to handle all such claims.

Don’t delay

In all boat accident cases it is essential to act promptly in preserving evidence and investigating the accident, so as to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate your injuries.

If you or a loved one is a victim of a boat accident, call or Email Ellis, Ged, & Bodden, P.A. now. Don’t delay, as the statute of limitations is ticking away and once it expires, you will have no legal recourse. Your Initial Consultation is free of charge. We will assess your circumstances and advise you as to what legal action would be best, and what sort of compensation you may be entitled to.