Miami Boating Accident Lawyer

Recreational watersports and boating can be enjoyable and fun, but when accidents happen, those taking part in such activities can experience serious injuries. Being injured in a boating accident or watersport can result in substantial medical bills, missed time at work, and even life-altering and long-lasting disabilities. That said, getting the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and related damages requires the effective application of the appropriate maritime and local laws to achieve the best outcome possible. Below, we provide a brief look into the issues surrounding Miami boating and watersports injuries and discuss how we can help you resolve your related legal issues. 

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Keith S. Brais

Our Expert Knowledge of Boating Injury Cases and 70 Years of Combined Experience is What You Need on Your Side

Keith Brais is a Florida Bar board certified maritime law expert. With experience as both a maritime worker on offshore oil rigs and nearly 20 years as a top-notch lawyer defending maritime companies against personal injury claims, he is now dedicated to solely protecting the rights of individuals who have been hurt in cases involving boating accidents, watersports injuries and other such incidents on or near Miami waterways. Each Miami boating accident lawyer at Brais Law has years of experience and is prepared to put that experience toward handling maritime injury claims on their client’s behalf and getting what they deserve.

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We Make Sure Negligence Doesn’t Go Unanswered For

When individuals are outside of boating vessels and property in the water, whether they are diving, swimming, or engaging in water sports, boat operators are required to pay attention and avoid taking risks that could lead to harm. If you have been injured due to a boat operator’s negligence, you have the right to file a claim with their insurance company to collect compensation for the costs and damages associated with your injuries. 

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Operating a Vessel with Willful Disregard for the Safety of People, Watersport Participants or Property is Illegal

Laws outlined by the Florida Wildlife Commission detail that it is illegal to operate a vessel in such a way that demonstrates a willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. Doing so results in the operator receiving a citation for reckless operation (which is a first-degree misdemeanor). All operators of vessels in Florida are required to:

  • Operate vessels in a reasonable and prudent manner concerning other vessel traffic 
  • Follow all posted restrictions 
  • Heed the presence of a divers-down flag and other circumstances that could endanger people engaging in activities outside of vessels or property 

How We Prove Negligence in Complex Boating Accidents to Win Your Case

Accident victims can only get compensation once it is proven through evidence that another party or entity was the cause of the accident that led to their injuries. Liability depends on the application of a legal concept known as negligence. When a party violates a law, they have engaged in reckless or negligent behavior.

Your lawyer’s job is to gather evidence through witness accounts, photos, medical records, etc. and use this in drafting an effective claim.  We identify all who are liable in the incident (operator, rental company, manufacturer, etc.) and their insurance company.  After submitting your claim, we energetically negotiate rightful compensation. 

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FAQs: What an Injury Attorney for Boating and Water Sports Accidents Can Do for You

What If I’m Worried that I Don’t Have a Good Case for the Compensation I Need?

I Can’t Afford a Lawyer—What Should I Do?

Is It a Problem If I Was Only Visiting Miami When I Got Hurt in a Boating Accident?

What If I’m Worried that I Don’t Have a Good Case for the Compensation I Need?

We will review the facts and circumstances of your boating or watersport injury during your initial free consultation to determine if you have a viable case. It is helpful for you to bring as much information and evidence concerning the accident, your medical treatment, property damage, and missed work to the meeting. Upon review of the details, we will determine the best plan for successfully obtaining an appropriate outcome.

I Can’t Afford a Lawyer—What Should I Do?

If we take your case, we only get paid out of a portion of the earnings we produce for you, if we win. You’ll never pay anything out of pocket and nothing upfront for your consultation. Schedule a free case evaluation today to see what we can do for you.

Is It a Problem If I Was Only Visiting Miami When I Got Hurt in a Boating Accident?

No, this is not a problem. While you may need to appear for a hearing if your case goes to court, it is possible that we can handle the majority of things that come up on your behalf without you having to be there physically.

Let Us Focus on Proving Liability and Getting You Compensation So You Can Focus on Recovering

The time to contact a boating accident attorney in Miami is as soon as you can after receiving any emergency medical care from your injuries. We’ll take over the process of gathering evidence, determining liability, drafting and submitting your claim, and achieving the best possible outcome, whether in or out of court. When you have been injured in a boating or watersport accident, simply trying to recover from your injuries and deal with their impact on your everyday life is difficult enough—contact a boating injury attorney at Brais Law now to take over the legal aspects so you can focus on recovery. There is no charge for the initial consultation so call us at 305-709-4117, or visit our site to schedule your free initial consultation to learn how we can help on your case.

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