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Since Sarasota is a coastal city, many people own or rent boats in the Florida Gulf. While boating can be an amazing way to spend an afternoon, it can also be dangerous, and accidents do occur. If you or a loved one was injured in any sort of boating accident in Florida, Gerber Law is here to help.

Whether you were injured in an offshore boating accident, an accident in a river or lake, or you are a recreational boater or a fisherman, we can help you launch a legal claim for financial compensation. Our founding attorney Maria Gerber has decades of experience in the courtroom and is dedicated to protecting your rights when filing a Sarasota boating accident claim.

What causes boating accidents in Florida?

 There are more boats on the water in Florida than in any other state in America, which is just one of the reasons boating accidents are common in the Sunshine State. Another reason is that in Florida, you don’t need a boating license to operate a watercraft. While this makes it easy for folks to get out on the water, it also results in amateurs and people operating watercrafts who are not properly trained. As you can imagine, this can be problematic.

Listed below are some of the other common factors that cause boating accidents in Sarasota:

  • Defective or malfunctioning watercrafts
  • Inebriated operators
  • Rough water and poor weather conditions
  • Aggressive or risky driving
  • Poorly maintained watercrafts.
  • Speeding
  • Operating in shallow water

Because there are so many watercrafts in Florida, the risk of accidents is much higher than in other states. If you or a loved one was injured because another driver acted negligently on the water, you have the right to file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries. To speak with an experienced boating accident attorney in Sarasota, give us a call today. At Gerber Law, we know how to get you the compensation you deserve.

Types of boating accident injuries

 Every year in the U.S., thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage occur because of boating accidents. The impact from collisions with other boats can have devastating effects, and accidents can also be caused from wakes and waves that other boats create. If you were injured in a boating accident and suspect the other driver behaved negligently, they can be held liable for any injuries and/or damages suffered in the event.

Unfortunately, boating accidents often lead to injuries to the neck, head and back, many of which have lifelong consequences for victims. Some of the most common consequences of boating accidents in Sarasota include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Damaged nerves
  • Loss of memory
  • Speech issues
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Behavioral issues

Injuries suffered from boating accidents can be difficult and expense to treat and can lead to large hospital bills and a lifetime of therapy and medication costs. If you or loved one was injured in a boating accident in Sarasota that was not your fault, you shouldn’t have to suffer because of another person’s negligence. Call a knowledgeable Sarasota boating accident lawyer as soon as you can after your accident to discuss your options.

Compensation for Boat Accident Injuries

If you are injured in a boating accident caused by the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your damages. This compensation can be used to cover medical expenses such as hospital bills and doctor visits, pain and suffering, property damage and lost income from missed time from work.

However, the amount you recover from a claim can be difficult to determine and depends on several factors. A few of those factors can include the extent of your injuries and whether you had anything to do with the accident.

Some of things you can be compensated for if you win your claim include the following:

  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Mental anguish and pain and suffering
  • Disability

Because injuries are not only painful but can be extremely expensive to treat, being compensated for a claim after an accident is important. That’s why if you were injured in a boating accident that was not your fault, you should contact a compassionate and experienced boating accident attorney in Florida today.

Evidence we may use for your boating accident case

At Gerber Law, we have time-tested strategies to help you win your boating accident claim. With more than two decades of experience, we understand how to navigate the Florida legal system and help you seek justice. Listed below are some of the things our team will investigate and review in order to build your strongest claim:

  • Your medical records and doctor’s statements about your injuries.
  • Photographs and videos that show the scene of the accident and the extent of property damage
  • Police and incident reports
  • Boat maintenance records
  • Statements from witnesses
  • Mariner logbooks

Being injured on the water because of the negligence of another person can be tragic, and we believe in fighting for victims’ rights in Sarasota. Our team of skilled attorneys will also consult professionals such as boating accident reconstruction experts so that we can build your strongest boating accident claim possible.

Contact our Boating Accidents Lawyers Today

At Gerber Law, we know how tragic boating accidents can be and believe that nobody deserves to be injured in a boating accident because of another person’s negligence. Our founding attorney, Maria Gerber, has been a licensed Florida attorney for over twenty years and understands how to advocate for your rights and seek fair compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit after a boating accident. For a free consultation with an experienced Sarasota boating accident attorney, give us a call today at (941) 304-5003 or contact us here online. We look forward to helping you with your claim.

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