Florida Boating Accident
With more than a thousand miles of breathtaking coastline, Florida is one of the most popular states for boating. Water enthusiasts flock to the Sunshine State for everything from leisurely cruises to thrilling watersports. Unfortunately, because of the sheer number of vessels on the water, Florida also leads the nation in boating accidents.
Boating accidents can cause serious injuries that have lifelong consequences. What's perhaps most devastating is the fact that these injuries are almost always preventable.
If you were hurt on the water because of someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, contact Donaldson & Weston.
Our boating accident attorneys understand what's at stake for those who have sustained debilitating injuries, and we are committed to helping them put their lives back together. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our compassionate personal injury lawyers in Florida.Tactics Insurance Adjusters Use to Undervalue or Deny Claims
From medical expenses to lost income, it is not uncommon to incur exorbitant damages in the wake of a boating accident. Even if you have adequate health insurance coverage, severe injuries could keep you out of work for weeks or even months, thereby threatening your family's financial security.
Because the damages are usually significant, insurance adjusters will look for every possible reason to deny or at least undervalue a boating accident claim. Tactics they might use to do so include:
- Offering a Premature Settlement: If the claimant agrees to a settlement before reaching maximum medical improvement (MMI), the insurance company will not have to compensate him or her for any serious complications that arise after "locking in" the final payout.
- Prolonging the Proceedings: The damages resulting from a boating accident can increase daily as long as the victim is still recovering. With every missed paycheck, claimants become more motivated to settle, and insurance adjusters use this to their advantage by prolonging the proceedings until the opposing party is so desperate that he or she will accept an unfair payout.
- Misrepresenting Recorded Statements: Insurance adjusters often try to get claimants to make compromising statements over the phone. They might even misrepresent the statements you provide to weaken your case.
- Disputing the Severity of an Injury: If the insurance adjuster cannot deny the claim altogether, they may attempt to devalue it by disputing the severity of your injuries and challenging the prognosis-even if it was provided by a qualified medical expert.
If you want to file a boating accident claim, turn to Donaldson & Weston. We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a strategic personal injury attorney in Florida.