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FRANK D. BUTLER is an attorney in the State of Florida for the past 22 years and is licensed in every Court in Florida, including all state and federal courts. Frank is an avid outdoor enthusiast and represents people injured in boating accidents and cruise ship injuries. You should be careful to hire an attorney who knows the issues specific to cruise ship cases and boating accidents.

I grew up in Florida and have been around the boating and marine industry my entire life. I have filed suit against all of the cruiselines that operate in Florida and have successfully handled boating cases throughout Florida. It’s what we do. Maritime law is very complex and you need to make sure that the attorney you choose has experience in handling these types of cases.

Many attorneys advertise for boating injury and cruise ship cases. See our “Very Important Information” under the Cruise Ship button and our “10 Things You Need To Know” under the Boating Accidents button. If the attorney you are considering cannot answer these questions, you should consider whether they actually handle these types of cases.
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Why would an attorney just advertise for boating or cruise cases if they do not handle them? First, an attorney can refer your case to a maritime attorney and collect a referral fee. Second, an attorney can try to handle your boating or cruise ship claim even if they have never handled one at all. At our law firm we do not handle real estate law, bankruptcy, divorces, contracts, criminal law, probate, tax matters, medical malpractice, etc.

Your consultation with us is at absolutely no charge to you. There are no fees and no costs to you unless we win your case. See our Cruise Ship button and Boating Accidents button for very important information you should know regarding your claim. Maritime law imposes shorter statutes of limitation than most state courts.


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Safety Equipment

3 ESSENTIAL PIECES OF BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT


At 888-Boat-Law we repeatedly have seen that there are three essential pieces of boating safety equipment which are not always considered when preparing for a day of boating. We are not talking the usual personal flotation devices—life vests–which everyone understands is a fundamental piece of safety equipment. We are talking about the under-appreciated ones which you should have when you go out on the vessel. The first is always have a VHF radio. The reason you need this is that your cell phone will not have reception or the ability to contact anyone past a certain point when you are offshore. A VHF radio can reach beyond the range of a cell phone. A VHF radio is absolutely mandatory if you are going offshore, and really even if you are in inshore waters. You don’t want to find out in an emergency that your cell phone doesn’t have coverage.


The second piece of safety equipment which many do not think of as safety equipment is: an anchor. An anchor holds your vessel in place, including most importantly in the times of engine trouble. This is very important because otherwise emergency services will have to look for your vessel based upon projected drift patterns. On a recent case we signed, the crew was luckily found clinging to their overturned vessel 11 miles from where they were expected to be found. They were very lucky to be rescued. Even luckier that they were rescued before that vessel was completely lost. Boaters should make sure they have a good anchor for the area they are traveling and with sufficient scope of rope.


The third piece of “safety equipment” is not equipment in the traditional sense, it is a “float plan”. It is of utmost importance to leave a float plan with someone before you head out into the Gulf or Tampa Bay. This tells someone: 1. Where you are going. 2. Your expected time of return. In the case we recently signed up, the government agencies only heard that there was a MayDay! The agencies had no idea from what area the MayDay call originated. The clients were very fortunate to be rescued before the vessel sank—who were found drifting11 miles from the official search area.


Safety equipment is more than life jackets and flares. A good VHF radio, an anchor, and float plan is very important for your boating day.


We represent people who are injured during boating. Trust our 25 years of experience in boating cases. Call us on weekends and holidays.


1-888-BOAT-LAW. WE ARE READY TO HELP YOU NOW.

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3 ESSENTIAL PIECES OF BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT


At 888-Boat-Law we repeatedly have seen that there are three essential pieces of boating safety equipment which are not always considered when preparing for a day of boating. We are not talking the usual personal flotation devices—life vests–which everyone understands is a fundamental piece of safety equipment. We are talking about the under-appreciated ones which you should have when you go out on the vessel. The first is always have a VHF radio. The reason you need this is that your cell phone will not have reception or the ability to contact anyone past a certain point when you are offshore. A VHF radio can reach beyond the range of a cell phone. A VHF radio is absolutely mandatory if you are going offshore, and really even if you are in inshore waters. You don’t want to find out in an emergency that your cell phone doesn’t have coverage.


The second piece of safety equipment which many do not think of as safety equipment is: an anchor. An anchor holds your vessel in place, including most importantly in the times of engine trouble. This is very important because otherwise emergency services will have to look for your vessel based upon projected drift patterns. On a recent case we signed, the crew was luckily found clinging to their overturned vessel 11 miles from where they were expected to be found. They were very lucky to be rescued. Even luckier that they were rescued before that vessel was completely lost. Boaters should make sure they have a good anchor for the area they are traveling and with sufficient scope of rope.


The third piece of “safety equipment” is not equipment in the traditional sense, it is a “float plan”. It is of utmost importance to leave a float plan with someone before you head out into the Gulf or Tampa Bay. This tells someone: 1. Where you are going. 2. Your expected time of return. In the case we recently signed up, the government agencies only heard that there was a MayDay! The agencies had no idea from what area the MayDay call originated. The clients were very fortunate to be rescued before the vessel sank—who were found drifting11 miles from the official search area.


Safety equipment is more than life jackets and flares. A good VHF radio, an anchor, and float plan is very important for your boating day.


We represent people who are injured during boating. Trust our 25 years of experience in boating cases. Call us on weekends and holidays.


1-888-BOAT-LAW. WE ARE READY TO HELP YOU NOW.

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | September 15, 2020 | Boating Accidents