How Do Boating Accident Lawsuits Work?

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Have you been injured in a boating accident? You may believe that someone else is to blame for the accident. If so, you’re probably wondering how to file a lawsuit against that person or organization.

The best way to figure out if you have a viable injury claim for your boating accident is speaking with a boating accident lawyer. There are some key elements that will tell you whether you have a good case, and you may want to learn a bit more about the process of filing an injury claim.

The Steps to Filing a Boating Accident Claim

Here are the major steps to filing a boating accident lawsuit in Florida:

Investigate Your Accident

To file an injury claim for a boating accident, you must first know what took place. If you have been injured, you must have reason to believe that negligence was involved in the accident, and then you must be able to prove it.

Investigation is not an easy process. You must gather evidence that shows what happened to cause the boating accident in the first place, and that shows that someone else’s negligence was responsible. Your attorney can help you investigate your accident while you try to heal.

Prove Fault

The next step is to prove fault. If you expect to reach a successful claim resolution and obtain the monetary compensation you deserve for your serious boating accident injuries, you must be able to convince insurance companies, or a court, that someone was responsible for what happened to you.

This process will involve using the evidence you obtained from your investigation, but you will also need to successfully argue how the accident occurred, who was responsible, and why that party owes you compensation.

Prove Your Injuries

Another important aspect of all injury claims—not just boating accident claims—is proving the extent of your injuries. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on how serious your injuries are and how these injuries have affected your life.

If you stubbed your toe during the accident, you aren’t likely looking at a lot of damages. If you suffered serious head trauma as a result of the accident, however, you stand to receive substantial compensation. However, you will still need to prove your damages and injuries, likely using medical evidence and doctor testimony.

File Your Claim

Finally, you will of course have to file your claim paperwork. You must file all paperwork correctly, making sure that everything is accurate. You must also be sure to file your claim within four years, which is the statute of limitations for injury claims in Florida.

Help with Your Boating Accident Lawsuit

If you’re thinking about filing a lawsuit because of your boating accident, don’t hesitate to speak with a lawyer from our office. We offer a free initial claim assessment, where we will discuss the outlook for your case, your next steps, and how much your claim is worth.

To reach an attorney with Lopez & Humphries, PA, call 863-709-8500 or enter your information into the contact form on this page.