Port St. Lucie Boating Accident Lawyers

Nothing can ruin a day on the water faster than a boating accident. Unfortunately, even if you follow all precautions when operating your own vessel, you cannot rely on other boaters in the vicinity to do the same.

If you or your loved ones were hurt in a boating accident, your family may be entitled to compensation for all resulting damages. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, turn to the boating accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston.

We will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident to ensure we name all potentially liable parties in the claim. This may increase your chances of recovering every dollar you deserve. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of the leading personal injury attorneys in Port St. Lucie.

Time is of the Essence in any Port St. Lucie Boating Accident Claim

If there is even a chance you have a valid boating accident claim, it is wise to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Although personal injury claimants in the state of Florida have up to four years to file a formal suit, there are several reasons to act fast and start building your case immediately.

First, certain kinds of critical evidence may be time sensitive. If the accident happened in a bustling marina, for example, it may have been captured by nearby surveillance cameras; however, the owner of the footage may not be obligated to preserve it for any period of time. And if the opposing party possesses any valuable evidence, it's reasonable to assume they may attempt to alter it as soon as they realize you have grounds for a claim against them.

Second, navigating the early stages of the claims process without a comprehensive understanding of personal injury or maritime law is challenging. If you attempt to do so alone and end up making a mistake along the way, you could inadvertently jeopardize your chances of recovering a fair settlement. Some of the costliest mistakes a claimant can make include:

  • Accepting some degree of fault before conducting a full investigation;

  • Failing to account for certain damages when calculating a fair settlement; and

  • Commencing negotiations before reaching maximum medical improvement.

If you hire a boating accident lawyer as soon as your health stabilizes, you can avoid these and other common missteps. In fact, your attorney will handle all correspondence with the opposing party so you do not have to worry about investigating the incident, tracking damages, or negotiating with the insurance adjuster at all.