West Palm Beach Boat Collision Lawyers
Operators of all types of boats have a responsibility to ensure, when they are on the water, that their boating behavior contributes to a safe environment for everyone. Unfortunately, when boaters fail to meet their obligation to abide by this standard of awareness and consideration, boat collisions can occur.
Three of the most common causes of boat collisions are impaired operation, inattention, and speeding. These accidents are often caused by boat operators who are negligent in ensuring the safety of their fellow boaters.
Any type of boating accident can be physically, financially, and emotionally devastating for all involved. You may be receiving extensive care for severe injuries. You may be grieving the loss of a loved one who was killed in a boating accident. You may be out of work for an extended period of time, or unable to return to your profession because of debilitating injuries.
You may be watching the medical bills pile up, with no money to pay them. Because you are unable to work, the rest of your finances may be in shambles, with late mortgage and utility payments and threats of foreclosure or discontinuation of services.
A boating accident can leave you exhausted, overwhelmed, hopeless, and unsure of what to do next. If your boating accident was the result of a collision with another boat, you may have even more on your plate by trying to field phone calls from the negligent party’s insurance company.
You don’t have to face the medical pressure, financial pressure, and insurance company’s pressure alone. Let the compassionate and professional boat collision attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. help you.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a boating accident, you deserve compensation for all that you have and are suffering. Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. has a proven track record of getting our clients the justice they’re entitled to. Call us now at (561) 689-8180 for your free, no-obligation consultation.
Do I Need a Lawyer if Another Boat Collides with Mine?
The short answer is “yes.” Because determining fault and negligence in boating accidents can be complex, you need qualified legal counsel to help you obtain the best settlement possible. Dealing with the negligent party’s insurance company and your insurance company to establish liability is something only an experienced boat collision attorney can do successfully.
Insurance companies have deep pockets and seemingly infinite resources. The insurance company of the boater who caused your collision will properly offer you a one-time settlement to close the claim against them. Once you settle, however, you can’t make any more claims for that accident.
This means you won’t receive adequate financial compensation for now and for the future. A knowledgeable boat collision lawyer can ensure that you receive the maximum amount of damages you are owed.
Why Should I Choose Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A.?
Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. has years of experience helping personal injury victims in the West Palm Beach area. With expert knowledge of Florida’s personal injury law and a full complement of investigative resources, we can successfully negotiate with the negligent boater’s insurance company for an excellent settlement.
If the insurance company refused to pay the compensation you deserve, then we will take the case to court and fight for your rights as a boat collision injury victim to ensure that you receive fair and full compensation for all of your losses.
We have helped victims like you recover millions of dollars in compensation. Our clients are our priority, and we approach every case with individual attention and care. We focus on the legalities so that you can focus on your recovery after your accident.
When you work with us, we keep you informed and updated every step of the way. We consider every single detail of your case and help you determine all avenues of compensation available to you. In addition, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you.
If you aren’t able to come to our office, we will travel to the hospital or your home to meet with you about your case. Contact us today at (561) 689-8180 or online so we can start helping you now.
Common Injuries in Boat Collision Accidents
In 2018, the United States Coast Guard reported that, throughout the nation, there were almost 4,200 boating accidents. Of these, there were over 600 fatalities, more than 2,500 injuries, and about $46 million dollars of property damage.
The most common injuries sustained in boating accidents include:
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Lower back and spinal cord injuries
- Sprains, strains, deep bruises, and lacerations
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
If you’ve or a loved one sustained any of these or other injuries in your boat collision accident, you are entitled to seek compensation for associated medical bills and other damages. Contact us right now to take advantage of your free consultation so we can help you form the best plan of action.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of compensation am I eligible for?
The types of compensation available to you depend on the specific details of your case. We can help you determine what those are. Common types of compensation that victims recover in personal injury cases like yours include:
- Medical bills: Any wages, past, present, and future, that you lose paying for doctor appointments, hospital visits, medication, etc.
- Lost wages: Any wages you lose from time off of work
- Lost earning potential: Wages to cover decreased or lost earning potential because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering: Compensatory wages to cover the mental, physical, and emotional hardships you endure because of your accident
Call us today at (561) 689-8180 for your free consultation so we can review your case and discuss what types of compensation may be available to you.
Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault for my accident?
Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, so you can. What comparative negligence means is that your compensation will be decreased by the percentage that you were at fault for your accident.
For example, if the investigation of your boat accident case shows you were 40% at fault, your compensation amount will decrease by 40%. If the compensation amount in your case is $100,000, you will receive $60,000. To learn more about comparative negligence and how it may affect you, contact us at (561) 689-8180 to begin your free consultation.
If I lost a loved one in a boat collision caused by someone else’s negligence, can I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
If you’ve lost a loved one in a boat collision accident, you may be able to make a wrongful death claim. Though no amount of money can bring your loved one back, the attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. can help you get a settlement that helps compensate for the loss.
Contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. Today
If you or a loved one have been injured or died in a boat collision in West Palm Beach or a surrounding area of Florida, you are entitled to seek compensation and justice for the losses you’ve endured.
Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. believes that you should not have to suffer because of a negligent boat operator’s failure to consider your safety. We have three locations for your convenience, but if you are unable to come to us, we will come to you. Contact us right now online or at (561) 689-8180 to for a free case evaluation. We look forward to helping you.