Maritime Accident Lawyers
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida leads the nation in the number of annual maritime accident fatalities, with Miami-Dade County leading Florida State. While less than 10% of maritime accidents result in fatalities, more than half of those deaths occur because of capsizing and falls overboard, with 90% of those victims drowning. Of those who did drown in a maritime accident, 86% were not wearing a life jacket.
Statistics show that the majority of Florida maritime accidents are caused by operator inexperience or inattention. Eighty four percent of all boating fatalities happen where boat operators have not completed a boating safety education course. A maritime accident can also be caused by inexperienced boat operators, recklessness/careless boat operation, operator inattention, operating at unsafe speeds, operating without proper lookout, overcrowding, and operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. In all of these situations maritime accident lawyers are crucial so you may recover any damages that you are due.
If you are involved in a maritime accident and may be injured, seek medical attention immediately. In addition, if the monetary damage to the vessel appears to be $500 or more you are required to report the accident to the police or to coastal authorities. After reporting the accident, it is advisable that you speak with the Leesfield Scolaro Miami, Florida maritime accident attorneys to learn about your legal entitlements.
Our maritime accident lawyers will strive to achieve the best possible results for your particular case. If it is possible to achieve better results in a settlement, our legal team will work toward a settlement. If better results can be achieved by taking your maritime accident case to trial, we will fight diligently for you in court.
In a maritime accident which resulted in the amputation of a minor plaintiff's leg, Leesfield Scolaro obtained a substantial settlement for the negligent supervision of boating activities. In a wrongful death boating accident case, our maritime accident attorneys obtained a large award for burns resulting from the explosion of ammonium nitrate, fertilizer, and gasoline aboard the defendant's vessel. We established that the vessel was not seaworthy and the crew inadequately trained. For a complete list of the firm's representative results, go to our Verdicts and Settlements section.
To contact one of our experienced maritime accident lawyers call our Miami, Florida law office today at 800-836-6400 or click here for a free and full case evaluation.