Experienced Maritime Injury Attorney

Frank Butler is one of Florida’s most experienced maritime injury attorneys. He can help you with representation related to maritime injury and death cases including:

 

Orlando, Lake Eola, Skyline

Orlando, Lake Eola, Skyline

 

 

 

 

Ocala, Florida Silver Springs State Park

“Ocala, Florida Silver Springs State Park”

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  1. If your claim is a maritime claim, the statute of limitations is usually shorter than under most State Court claims.
  2. A vessel owner can file a Limitation action against you to limit your recovery.
  3. U.S. Coast Guard Rules of Road governs the conduct of vessels in “navigable water”.
  4. If you are injured on a vessel, that vessel may also be responsible for your injury.
  5. If you are injured on a vessel that has no insurance, you may be able to sue the vessel.
  6. You should be very careful
  7. There is little safety oversight on JetSki rentals, boat rentals, or parasail companies.
  8. If you are injured within a fully enclosed lake, your claim may not be maritime in nature but you need to know what it is.
  9. In maritime law the owner of a vessel is responsible for the safe entry and exit of passengers.
  10. Maritime law places many duties on a captain of a vessel for the safety of his passengers.

 

Tampa, Florida Downtown Skyline

“Tampa, Florida Downtown Skyline”

888BoatLaw: Your Boating Accident Attorney

When you need an experienced boating accident attorney with more than twenty years of experience handling boating accident cases, Jet Skis and boating collisions, call us at 888-Boat-Law (888-262-8529) to represent you. There is never any charge to discuss your case. You should pursue your case quickly! We will want to obtain any video, photographs, and witness identities. Also it is important that we get the vessels involved examined before they are repaired or destroyed. This is your case. Pursue it quickly!

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Ft. Lauderdale, Sunrise Beach

“Ft. Lauderdale, Sunrise Beach”

Insurance companies frequently resort to Limitation of Liability actions against injured persons. This is a law from 1851 passed by Congress to help the U.S. commercial maritime fleet compete with England, France, Spain, Portugal, etc. The law said that if a casualty occurred involving an owner’s vessel—and the owner was not negligent, nor in close contact with the at-fault operator of the vessel—then the owner’s liability would be no more than the worth of the vessel–after the casualty. Unfortunately, when Congress passed that law in 1851 they never said it only applied to commercial vessels. When the U.S Supreme Court looked at the issue they concluded the statute applied to recreational vessels as well. Why is this important to you?

It can have enormous consequences to your case. Suppose a Jet Ski owner rents one of his high-powered Jet Skis to a 12 year-old child. The child crashes the Jet Ski and is severely injured. The owner of the Jet Ski can try to limit his liability to the worth of the Jet Ski in its crashed condition, regardless of the extent of the injuries to the child. That same scenario can also be applied to a parasail operator where “fliers” (i.e., customers) are injured. That scenario can also be applied to a vessel owner who causes injury with his vessel. You can see this is a very serious matter against you if your medical bills and injuries are very large, but the value of a crashed vessel is worth very little. Great caution must be taken in handling these types of cases! You cannot afford to have a non-maritime attorney handling your boating, Jet Ski, or parasail case.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CASE IS A MARITIME CASE?

Jacksonville skyline and fountain

“Jacksonville skyline and fountain”

Knowing whether a claim is maritime or not can be difficult. Then there is the question of how is the claim to be pursued. It is imperative that your claim be analyzed correctly, as stated above, for many important reasons. (See for instance, above, “10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW”.)In the State of Florida if your injury occurred over saltwater, it is almost certain to be a maritime case. Lakes or rivers that pass through to bigger bodies of water may also be maritime in nature. This will include also certain sections of the Everglades that may be viewed by the Courts as maritime in nature, but some portions of the Everglades are not considered maritime. Fully enclosed lakes may not be maritime in nature, but you have to be careful that the lake does not have a tributary and/or a discharge into another body of water. Also NOTE: the State of Florida has adopted many of the rules that govern maritime cases. This is a complex area of law; it is very important you hire an attorney who has handled maritime and non-maritime claims.

***None of the foregoing is legal advice and is not meant to give legal advice. Each case is different. This is why it is important to contact us on the specific facts of your case. What you say in making the claim can greatly affect your outcome.

SHUTTLE BOAT FIRE: NOW WHAT? – asks an unidentified attorney!

Miami Beach, Collins Avenue

“Miami Beach, Collins Avenue”

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While that may be true in fashion it should not apply to surgeons, accountants or attorneys you are considering. We note that our law firm was the only law firm to file a state Court action for our client who was injured in the January 14, 2018 shuttle boat fire involving Tropical Breeze Casino Cruz, LLC. We note that we were also the first law firm to file a claim in federal court for our client when the vessel owners filed a claim for Limitation And/Or Exoneration (we were publicly recognized through the local TV stations and Tampa Bay newspaper that Tropical Breeze was trying to limit all claimants’ injuries and damages to a total of $27,300 -not, per claimant, but total!).

Many law firms advertise to the point that they have to keep track of their cases by numbers, not by client names. We promise we will not assign a number to your case. We promise we will work hard on your case. We understand that the better result we obtain for you, the better result is obtained for us as well. It is difficult when looking for an attorney to know if they are just “Flippers”.

Here are 5 questions you can ask to help your decision.

  1. Ask the potential attorney how many total cases they are handling right now.
  2. Ask how long they have been practicing law.
  3. Ask how long they have been with that particular law firm.
  4. Ask how many cases they have filed suit on in the last 12 months.
  5. Ask how many trials they have conducted in the last 12 months, 24 months.

 

Many high-volume firms go through attorneys who will come and go quickly to another law firm. Many times law firms are hiring attorneys with only a couple of years’ experience and then loading them down with heavy caseloads. Another hallmark of high-volume firms is that they don’t want to file suit for you—and this is because it is time-consuming. Therefore, some of the high-volume firms will not file suit, will not go to trial for you, but will simply take whatever the insurance company will throw them on your case. In short, they “Flip” your case, and go on to the next case without regard to whether you are obtaining a fair result. Don’t Hire Flipper As Your Lawyer.

WE ARE READY TO HELP YOU NOW.

7 THINGS WE PROMISE:

  1. We will call you by your name.
  2. We will not assign a number to your case.
  3. We will timely call you back.
  4. We will keep you informed on what’s going on in your case.
  5. We will not resolve your case without your authorization.
  6. We will fight for the best result in your case.
  7. We will not just flip your case to be able to get to the next case.