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You Need an Attorney for Watercraft and Water Accidents

jetski funHere in Melbourne, FL, we have an abundance of water sports and leisure activities to choose from.  Unfortunately, accidents happen and people get injured.  If you have been a victim of one of these water recreational activities, you need legal advice about your rights and could be entitled to compensation.

Boating Accidents

Most boating injuries occur from negligence.  As you may have guessed, a large portion of this negligence is due to alcohol consumption or some other illegal substance.  Your injury could have been prevented if the operator of a water vehicle had been sober and paying closer attention to the laws and surroundings.  Other accidents may occur from product malfunctioning and defective parts.  Both incidents result in victim compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and personal pain and suffering.  Some common boating related injuries and causes include:

  • Slips and falls on board the vessel
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Concussions
  • Boats sinking resulting in injury or death
  • Drowning
  • Burns
  • Injury related to collision
  • Defective equipment or parts that result in injury

Swimming Pool Accidents

With some of the hottest weather in our nation and for extended seasons, swimming pool accidents are a reality.  Despite the fun and stress relieving times a pool can bring with friends and family, there are dangers that can result in severe injuries, including death by drowning.  While some injuries may be the result of honest accidents when kids ignore the ‘no running’ signs, other injuries may be the result of negligence on behalf of pool management.  If injuries are sustained as a result of negligent actions, you or your loved one can seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.

Here are some of the most common causes of pool related injuries:

  • Lack of supervision
  • Untrained or improperly trained lifeguards
  • Defective side ladders or missing all together
  • Faulty fences
  • Broken or burnt out pool lights
  • Pool depths not labeled correctly
  • Defective gates
  • Overcrowded areas
  • Inadequate maintenance of the area, including broken glass and sharp edges
  • Improper storage and use of chemicals

Filing Personal Injury Claims

Victims have 4 years to file a civil lawsuit for negligence against an individual or company.  And only three years to file a claim against a city, state or county owned pool.  After that time period the statute of limitations will have expired.  Let a Melbourne attorney help you know your rights and options before it’s too late.