Palm Beach County Boating Accident
If you were hurt in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damages like medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. In order to build a winning personal injury claim, though, you must present evidence to prove liability and damages.
Unfortunately, proving liability in a boating accident case can be challenging. Depending on the circumstances, there are many laws that might be relevant to your case and play a role in determining liability.
If you have questions about your claim, turn to Donaldson & Weston. As a client of our law firm, you will not have to worry about navigating the complexities of your case alone. Our personal injury lawyers are well versed in all the statutes that could affect the outcome of a boating accident claim. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our strategic boating accident lawyers in Palm Beach County.Damages That may Be Recoverable in Florida Boating Accident Claims
Since every boating accident claim is different, there is no set checklist or formula for calculating damages. If you end up filing a winning claim, your settlement or verdict will be influenced by a variety of factors. But generally speaking, personal injury claimants in Florida can seek compensation for the following types of damages:
- Past and future medical bills;
- Travel to and from doctor's appointments;
- Lost income and benefits;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Childcare, domestic help, and/or home care;
- Home and/or vehicle modifications;
- Property damage;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Loss of domestic or household services; and
- Pain and suffering.
Depending on the circumstances of the boating accident, you may also have the right to pursue a punitive award. Unlike compensatory damages, which are those listed above, punitive damages do not actually correspond to any incurred losses. Instead, they aim to punish the defendant for behavior that was violent, fraudulent, malicious, or so grossly negligent that it demonstrated a wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others.
In other words, claimants may be entitled to punitive damages if they can prove the opposing party acted with intentional malice or exhibited total indifference to their lives. Two common scenarios that may warrant a punitive award are hit-and-run collisions and accidents caused by impaired operators. Boaters who operate their vessels under the influence of drugs or alcohol are exhibiting gross negligence, while those who collide with another vessel or recreational vehicle and then attempt to flee are demonstrating intentional malice.Call 772-266-5555 to Speak With a Boating Accident Attorney in Palm Beach County
If you were hurt in a boating accident in Florida, turn to Donaldson & Weston for comprehensive counsel at every stage of the claims process. We will help you gather the evidence to prove liability and damages against all responsible parties. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with one of the leading personal injury attorneys in Palm Beach County.