An Experienced Boat Propeller Accident Attorney Can Help You Recover From a Diver Boat Run-Over or Prop Strike Accidents

One of the most traumatic events a person could endure is being run over by a boat or stricken by its prop. Florida has more registered boats than any other state, and the year-round warm weather brings many divers and snorkelers to the water. A high amount of boat traffic combined with an increased number of people in the water sometimes leads to accidents. Contact a boat propeller accident attorney today if you’ve been injured in a boat run-over or a prop strike case. Our Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime attorneys have handled complex boat run-over and prop strike cases for decades. Inattentive operators of the high-speed center console or go-fast boats with multiple outboard or inboard engines, as well as yachts, can cause devastating injuries, including horrific scars, brain injury, amputation, and even death.

Unlike accidents that occur on land, boat run-over, and prop strike accidents are governed by General Maritime Law. The Florida Bar, in recognition of the highly specialized and esoteric nature of Maritime Law, began allowing a select group of qualified attorneys to sit for an exam to become Board Certified in the field of Maritime Law. Having investigated many boat run-over and prop strike cases, it is often the case the accident may have been prevented if the boat operators had followed the Federal and Florida navigation rules.

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Boat run-over and prop strike accidents are commonly caused by boat operators:

  • Failure to maintain a proper lookout – inattentiveness
  • Failure to operate at a safe speed – careless/reckless operation
  • Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to keep 100 feet from the divers-down flag or buoy in rivers, inlets, and channels
  • Failure to keep 300 feet from the divers-down flag on all other waters
  • Failure to make full use of modern marine electronics and navigational avoidance systems
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Evidence preservation and collection are of paramount importance when investigating a marine casualty. Depending upon the navigable waters where an incident occurs, several State and Federal investigative agencies may be involved, including The Florida Wildlife Commission (“FWC”), United States Coast Guard (“USCG”), and local marine law enforcement as well as rescue and EMS personnel. Generally, both vessels are impounded, including all navigational equipment with GPS data that must be downloaded and analyzed to determine, amongst other things, several potential statutory violations.

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Victims are often entitled to compensation for medical bills, assistive living devices, pain and suffering, lost wages, and further earning potential. In addition, families of loved ones who died in a boat run-over / prop strike accident in state waters may be entitled to mental pain and anguish, loss of support and services, loss of companionship, instruction, and guidance, and loss of the estate’s net accumulations.

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Know Your Legal Options After a Boat Run-Over/Prop Strike Accident

Being hit by a boat or other vessel when you are out on the water can turn a day of fun into one in which you experience long-term, life-altering injuries. In addition, when vessel operators operate negligently or recklessly, manufacturer defects cause accidents or poor maintenance leads to malfunctions that cause injuries; you could be entitled to complete compensation for the costs and damages linked to your propeller accident injury. To determine if you have a case, connect with a boat propeller accident attorney at Brais Law to receive your no-obligation, free-of-charge initial case consultation.

Negligent Boat Operators are Liable for Your Injuries

Under Florida boating regulations, vessel operators are required to keep an eye out for divers’ flags and people enjoying the water outside of vessels. This includes swimmers, jet ski and personal watercraft (PWC) operators, and those being towed behind PWCs and other vessels. In addition, when a boat operator fails to be responsible in the operation of their vessel, they can be held liable for any damages resulting from the accidents they cause. To collect damages for your injuries, you first need to prove them with evidence from experts and sources that the courts would acknowledge in a lawsuit. Working with a local boat propeller attorney takes the entire process out of your hands, from gathering evidence to recovering your damages. 

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Damages Include Medical and Occupational Costs

The purpose of pursuing a claim for your boat run-over/prop strike accident injury is to “be made whole.” This is a legal concept that means to be put in as close a position as possible as though the accident had not happened.

To achieve this, all medical costs in the short- or long-term must be covered, alongside lost wages and work benefits immediately after the injury and any impact your injuries have upon your ability to work in the future. 

You can only collect damages that you can prove with evidence, and your boat propeller accident attorney will help you line up appointments with medical and occupational experts to collect the evidence you need to prove your case.

A Boat Propeller Accident Attorney from Brais Law Can Help

It can be challenging to put together a strong case in favor of your damages while trying to recover from your injuries. Reach out to Brais Law for a free consultation on your topic to determine if we can help. If we take your case, we only get paid if we win your case. The laws concerning recovery for your boat propeller accident may overlap between Florida and U.S. maritime law, and an experienced maritime law attorney will know how to use them to make the most of your case. The boat propeller accident attorneys with Brais Law are standing by to explore options based on your specific situation. Call us at 305-709-4117, or visit our site to schedule your free initial consultation.

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The Florida boat propeller accident attorneys at Brais Law Firm have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our firm’s primary office is located in Miami, FL. However, we routinely handle claims throughout Florida and from a satellite office in Massachusetts on an appointment basis. To reach our lawyers call 305-709-4117 from within Florida, call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., or click Contact Us to complete a form for a free evaluation of your case and to learn how the “AV” Preeminent, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates and Board Certified Maritime Attorneys with Brais Law Firm might be able to help you.

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