MOST COMMON TYPES OF MARITIME CASES WE SEE:
- Boating collisions with other vessels.
- Boating collisions with fixed objects (channel markers, sandbars, docks, etc.)
- Boating injuries from operator going too fast under the conditions. (Includes passengers being bounced up in the air, passengers thrown forward or backward due to sudden acceleration or deceleration, sudden sharp turns, etc.)
- Slip and falls on vessels.
- Boats/Jet Skis striking swimmers.
- Injuries during boat rentals or Jet Ski rentals.
- Injuries on Jet Ski “tours” because of novice operators, inadequate training.
- Embarkation/debarkation injuries on docks, ladders, gangways.
- Parasail accidents. (Towing rope breaking. Operator error. Weather interaction.)
- Dockside injuries.
BAD INJURIES. NO INSURANCE? STILL ANOTHER OPTION:
Consider this scenario. You were injured when you went out on a neighbor’s vessel and he either hits a channel marker driving recklessly, or bounced over a wake at such speed you were thrown into the air and landed on your back. To make matters worse, you have now found out that your previous friend and neighbor allowed his insurance to expire on his fancy go-fast boat. If this was an automobile case you would be confined to two choices: forget it, or sue the guy and try to collect from him personally. In maritime law under many circumstances, you may have the ability to file suit directly against the vessel. This is known as an in rem claim. (Latin for “the thing”.) If the vessel involved in your injury has worth—even if there is no insurance on it–you may be able to pursue the vessel directly and force it to be sold to pay toward your injuries. If you are unsure of whom to choose to represent you, ask the attorney if they have ever successfully done an in rem claim, or if they even know what an in rem claim is.
***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.