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Boating Accidents

Fort Lauderdale Boating Accident Attorneys

Handling Accidents on Florida’s Waterways

Water activities such as boating and jet-skiing are some of Florida residents’ favorite pastimes, and many residents even work on boats every day. But boating can also be very hazardous, and a day on the water can turn tragic in an instant because of a careless, intoxicated, or inexperienced driver, resulting in a boating accident. If you or a loved one was injured in a recreational or work-related boating accident, you should reach out to a knowledgeable boat accident attorney today.

Boating accident cases are complex and each case has varying facts and circumstances that change the manner in which a boating accident attorney would handle your case. There are very specific time limitations for reporting different types of boating accidents and for bringing actions against responsible parties for your injuries. If you were injured due to the negligence of your employer while working upon a vessel, your case would then fall under the Jones Act and different times limitations and laws would apply. When you call Ginnis & Krathen, P.A., you will speak with an experienced boat accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale. We have successfully handled recreational and Jones Act cases and want to assist you in getting the reimbursement you deserve.

Call our office today for a free consultation at (954) 833-7044, or fill out our online form. We offer client-focused service to ensure each of our clients gets the personalized attention their case deserves.

Common Boat Accidents in Florida

Because Florida is the busiest state for recreational boating in the United States, it also is known for having the most boating accidents in the country. Many dangers come with using boats, jet skis, or other watercraft on the water, including the fact that there is no age requirement for boating. Inexperienced drivers rent boats all the time and don’t know how to navigate or follow established laws. This can create a risk for both those onboard and other people on the water. Accidents can happen aboard yachts, sailboats, cabin cruisers, personal watercraft, kayaks, airboats, and more.

Some common types of boat accidents include:

  • Falls overboard
  • Capsizing
  • Collisions with other vessels or objects
  • Falls on the boat
  • Sinking
  • Fuel explosions or fires
  • Flooding

Boat accidents can happen on any body of water, from lakes, bays, and rivers to canals and marshes or swamps. Unfortunately, drowning and near-drownings are common injuries that result from boat accidents. Near-drownings can lead to comas and serious brain damage when the brain has been deprived of oxygen. Other common injuries can include broken bones, sprains, and burns that result from falls aboard the boat or fuel explosions.

Who is Liable for Boating Accidents?

After an accident, you may be wondering who can be held responsible for the negligence that caused your injuries. Liability will depend on what kind of accident took place. For example, when two boats collide, typically one or both of the boat operators involved may be partially responsible.

Other parties that are commonly at fault for injuries after boating accidents include:

  • Boat operators who cause accidents from inexperience, aggression, distraction, or from being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Boat rental companies or owners that fail to provide safety features like life jackets or fire extinguishers
  • Boat manufacturers or designers, if a defective part or motor caused the accident and injuries
  • Passengers, if it can be proved that a reckless or negligent passenger pushed someone, caused a fire on the vessel, or prevented a boat operator from doing their job

Call Our Team for Help Today

Why are boating accident attorneys so important? Florida’s beautiful waterways offer abundant opportunities for recreational and commercial boating. From freshwater lakes to saltwater bays, boaters, fishers, and jet skiers alike enjoy what the state of Florida has to offer. Unfortunately, many boaters will face dangers on the water at some point. The number of boating accidents and injuries is on the rise. When a negligent driver gets behind the wheel of a boat, it can be as equally as devastating as an accident occurring on land.

That is why boating accident victims need an experienced boat accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale on their side. A reputable boating accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale will be able to aid you with navigating the legal complexities of maritime law, will have the resources necessary to investigate the accident, and will be able to efficiently advise you, all while providing you with the time and care you deserve. Additionally, personal injury cases that fall under federal admiralty jurisdiction are complicated and require legal help from an established attorney.

If you or a family member was injured in a boating accident, call Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. immediately. Our Fort Lauderdale boating accident lawyers can assist you in getting the reimbursement you deserve. Call (954) 833-7044.

Every Case Matters

Millions of Dollars Recovered in Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • Fatal Truck Accident $3,000,000

    We recovered $3 million for the family of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a truck accident.

  • Slip & Fall $2,950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on commercial private property due to a leaking roof. As a result, Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. was able to secure $2.95 million for our client.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $2,000,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a rear-end motor vehicle crash on behalf of their clients in the amount of $2,000,000.00. Our clients were driving south on I-95 when they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The force of the crash was so significant that it sent our clients’ vehicle into a wooded area on the side of the road.

  • Motorcycle Accident $1,520,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a motorcycle crash involving a fatality in the amount of $1,520,000.00. The decedent was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle.

  • Sidewalk Fall $1,400,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a Slip and Fall case on behalf of their client in the amount of $1,400,000. Due to the negligence of Defendant, our client fell in the common area of a 55+ condominium community and sustained significant injuries.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $1,350,000

    A drunk, uninsured driver going 60-70 mph crashed into the rear of a vehicle with a man and woman in their 70s and a 99-year-old passenger. Attorneys Eric Ginnis and H. Ross Zelnick successfully negotiated to obtain a $1.35 million settlement for the two seniors and the estate of the 99-year-old decedent.

  • Slip and Fall – Slippery Floor $950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on a very slippery polished marble floor. The carrier denied liability prior to a lawsuit being initiated. The attorneys at Ginnis & Krathen, P.A., after contested litigation,  we were able to reach a settlement for our client in the amount of $950,000.

  • Side-Swipe Auto Accident $900,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a side-swipe motor vehicle crash on behalf of their client in the amount of $900,000.00. Our client was operating his motor vehicle when he was sideswiped by another motor vehicle.

  • Automobile T-Bone Accident $750,000

    While traveling in their vehicle, our clients were struck on the side by a large pickup truck. Through aggressive presuit negotiations, with the Defendant’s insurance company, our attorneys were able to settle the case in an amount of $750,000.

  • Auto Sideswipe $650,000

    Our client was sideswiped by another vehicle and sustained injuries due to the crash. Our attorneys were able to settle the case in the amount of $650,000 for our client.


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  • Proven Record of Success

    We have recovered millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements, including a seven-figure case that another firm turned down.

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    We are committed to maximizing the recovery that our clients deserve and have successfully settled cases that other law firms have turned down.