Enjoying a day out on the water should be a carefree experience. Jet Ski's and other personal watercrafts are a fun and exciting option for those who are able to operate them in a safe manner. Unfortunately, no matter how careful and conservative you are on a jet ski, there is always the potential for injury because of another's negligence.
The inherent lack of protection of these Jets Ski's could lead to serious, or even catastrophic, injuries. When this happens, one of your first actions after being treated should be to align yourself with capable legal representation. A qualified attorney will be able to take control of your case and pursue the offending party while you focus on getting better and moving forward with your life.
An avoidable personal watercraft injury must be met with a quick response. The offending party caused your pain, so they should be held accountable for the situation they put you in. This includes the costs related to medical care, rehabilitation, loss of wages, permanent disfigurement and mental anguish, just to name a few.
James Coulter of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter are well versed in personal injury claims related to boating and personal watercraft accidents and will bring this prior knowledge and legal understanding to your benefit during what could be a long and difficult process. At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter we are aggressive and are not intimidated by the substantial legal resources commonly brought by the negligent parties during personal injury litigation.
We pursue a fact-based strategy that leaves nothing to chance. Our pragmatic approach identifies the offending party very early in the process and then exhaustively proves negligence through evidence. We are confident in our legal abilities and will never allow your constitutional rights to be compromised by those who are looking out for their own selfish interests. Our firm works on a performance, or contingency, basis. This means that our legal fees are tied to the amount of money we are able to get for you, as opposed to hours worked.
Located in Melbourne, we are a convenient option for victims of negligence throughout Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Indian River County and Osceola County. This includes the communities of West Melbourne, Indian Harbour Beach, Cocoa, Titusville, Satellite Beach, and Rockledge.
Our firm offers free and confidential consultations in a relaxed setting for those who feel they have a valid Jet Ski injury claim. To set up a time to meet with our attorney to go over your legal options, please call (321) 586-9944 or send an online message today.
Considering the inherent risk involved in operating a personal watercraft like a Jet Ski, there are many factors that you need to take into account when it comes to safety. The following are general do's and do not's while on a Jet Ski:
One has to keep in mind that Jet Ski's have a complete lack of protection against collisions. Because of this, the injuries that could occur are wide-ranging and varied. Some of the primary injuries that we commonly see in Jet Ski accident legislation include:
Head Injuries – Most Jet Ski enthusiasts do not use helmets, which will greatly increase the chance for concussions or blunt force trauma. Helmets are cumbersome, but protecting your head and brain are more important than a minor inconvenience.
Neck Injuries – Impact on the water while lacking neck support can easily lead to whiplash, strains or major nerve damage.
Back Injuries – Being agile, Jet Ski's can take turns very quickly. Sudden movement in the opposite direction is a common reason for back injuries, and the force of a Jet Ski accident can strain many areas of the back, including the vertebrae.
Broken Bones / Fracture – Similar to any other type of accident, force exerted on your bones can easily crack or fracture them. The position you are in on a Jet Ski can increase the probability of broken bones.
Loss of Limb – Getting your leg or arm trapped in between two PWCs has the potential to permanently disfigure your extremities, or even lead to amputation.
Burns – This could be looked at as antithetical considering it seems difficult to burn yourself on water, but the proximity of motors and other electronics can create fires or hot surfaces. An accident could make this worse by exposing these hot areas to parts of your body.
When filing a lawsuit for injuries while on operating a Jet Ski, your legal counsel must prove your claim by a preponderance of the evidence. This is a very low burden of proof, and is generally easy to meet. In order to win your lawsuit, your attorney only has to show the evidence weighs more in your favor than it does not.
Your attorney must also prove the following four elements in order to win a negligence claim for injuries you sustained while on a Jet Ski:
Florida Boaters Guide – PWC- This link directs you to 'The Boaters Guide' a comprehensive digital handbook on boating laws and responsibilities. The site contains information on proper boating practices, laws, life jackets, signaling, courtesy, education and registration.
FFWCC Regulations – Understanding the regulations concerning PWC's will make the litigation process much simpler. This link sends you to the boating section of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Here you can look up boating regulations, along with information on safety and education, anchoring, boat ramps, access and the advisory council.
Personal Watercraft Information – Clicking on this link will send you to the home page of the personal watercraft industry association. It offers information on riding rules, environmental guides, PWC renter checklists and the history of personal watercrafts.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Jet Ski or personal watercraft accident in Central Florida and would like to consider your legal options, our firm, The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, can help. We are a full-service firm that has seen many cases involving PWC injuries and we will draw on this experience as we develop the most effective strategy possible for your case.
We approach each case we take on with the same amount of professionalism and dedication, allowing us to consistently achieve results for those we serve. Proponents of transparent and informative dialogue, our firm takes the time to keep you well aware of the proceedings, along with giving honest and direct feedback so you can move forward confidently.
As a Central and Eastern Florida firm, we proudly handle Jet Ski injury cases in and around the cities of Melbourne, Viera, Merritt Islands, Titusville, Orlando, Winter Park, Belle Island, Lake Buena Vista, Sanford, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Vero Beach, Fellsmere, Kissimmee and Saint Cloud, among others.
Our attorney is available for free case consultations to start you on the path towards the justice and financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a time to discuss your Jet Ski injury case and legal options, please call us at (321) 586-9944 or send an online message.