Boating accidents fall under a highly specialized area of the law known as Admiralty / Maritime law.
The laws that govern boating accidents adhere to a unique set of requirements.
Understanding what laws are applied in a particular boating accident depends on where on the water the accident occurred. For example, Florida law prevails in much of Florida waters, but federal law prevails in many other areas that one might not expect – such as coastal waters and sections of Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. Details like this make it all the more important that victims of boating accidents seek the advice of an attorney who is well-versed in the sophisticated nature of admiralty law (maritime law).
Boat operators have a legal obligation to operate their watercraft in a safe manner – an obligation that extends to anyone operating the vessel on their behalf. But when they neglect to meet this obligation and people are injured, they may face criminal charges, as well as lawsuits brought by the persons injured and their families. Legal precedence supports a victim’s right to sue for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, permanent injury, pain and suffering, and in the worse of instances, wrongful death.
Our team of skilled attorneys will ensure that your case is handled properly, will negotiate with insurance companies, and will guide you through the legal process. Maritime is a passion of our team – partners Charles Baumberger, Esq. and Alex Reboso, Esq. are both experienced boaters, and partner Steve Rossman, Esq. is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.