The Florida Board Certified maritime lawyers of BBR have been retained to represent a crew member who became injured while working aboard a yacht docked in Ft. Lauderdale. In this case, a deck hand suffered serious back injury when ordered to lift a heavy gangway by himself in violation of the yacht's own policy of having two people lift the gangway. Florida is the winter yacht capital of the world. Many crew members from these yachts are unaware that they may be protected by the very liberal maritime law which requires their employers to pay for medical bills, living expenses while they are recuperating from their injuries and provide damages in the form of pain and suffering as well as lost wages.
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Our law firm has been retained by a deckhand who was injured while working aboard a recreational boat on Biscayne Bay. Court papers allege our client was cleaning up after a party when the owner of the boat collided with a piling located near the mouth of the Miami River. The collision caused our client to be thrown into the closed salon door resulting in a permanent and debilitating knee injury. Under maritime law, an employer is required to provide workers a reasonable safe and seaworthy boat to work upon. The complaint alleges the legal duty was breached by the actions of the boat owner. This lawsuit is currently pending before the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Florida boat accident attorneys Keith Brais and Richard Rusak filed suit on behalf of a Sarasota man who was injured in a boating accident occurring in Big Pass. On October 3, 2010, a 32' boat struck a sandbar causing serious personal injuries to Brais & Rusak's client. The Complaint alleges the boat operator failed to maintain a safe speed, post a lookout and familiarize himself with navigational hazards known to local mariners.
The maritime accident attorneys of Brais & Brais brought suit in Federal court against the United States for injuries sustained by an American civilian seaman serving aboard a naval seismographic vessel. The complaint filed in West Palm Beach, Florida alleges the government's negligence and the naval vessel's unseaworthness caused the civilian seaman to fall several feet while changing an overhead light fixture without appropriate equipment. The fall resulted in severe injuries to the Indiana man's coccyx, left leg, ankle and toe necessitating 7 surgeries including a fasciotomy. The seaman was also diagnosed with the neurological disorder Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy which the complaint attributes to the delay by the government's agent in providing appropriate medical care. The lawsuit seeks 5.2 million dollars in damages.
WTSP.com reports a boating accident off the Sunshine Skyway has killed one boater. Two commercial fishermen were fishing Tampa Bat when the 18-foot vessel ran aground on a sandbar. According to the Florida Fist and Wildlife Commission, the grounding caused Anthony George Loveridge, 42, of Zephyrhills to be ejected from the vessel and was struck by the prop. He was not wearing a life jacket.
The Miami Herald reports a Miami-Dade, Florida man was killed Saturday when he fell off a 65-foot luxury yacht Gotcha and was pulled into the boat's propellers.
Juan Carlos Morales, 45, was standing on the diving platform off the back of the boat when he lost his footing and fell into the waters of Biscayne Bay. The victim was a fried of the yacht's owner. It is not known if alcohol played a role in the accident, or whether Morales was tossed into the water by the choppy water.
News 7 reports Coral Springs Police and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials responded to the scene of the accident near the 11000 block of S.W. First Street on the afternoon of August 21st.
Coral Springs Police stated 17-year-old Randolph Bieszczak was inner tubing the canal with two of his friends. Witnesses said the tube carrying Bieszczak hit the bank of the canal. The teen died at the scene.
"We were all taking out this boat, and I went to my house. The next thing you know, I saw the helicopters came," said Chad Farrell, a friend of the victim.
Bieszczak's family members mentioned that the teens were not drinking at the time of the fatal incident. "I've never seen him drunk, never seen him [with] any type of drugs. Always a good kid, always laughing, having fun," said the victim's friend, Krysropher Malarski.
FWC is investigating the fatal accident. Officials said they have not yet filed any charges against the boat's operator.
WGMD.COM reports 39-year old Jared Adkins and his son Calvin were scuba diving near Conch Reef, just south of Key Largo on August 16th, when they were run over by the 46' charter boat Big Dipper. Both father and son were airlifted to Miami area hospitals.
Scuba divers being run over by boats are quite common in South Florida especially during lobster season. If you were injured a boat and have questions about your legal rights, don't hesitate to contact our Florida boat injury attorneys.
First Coast News reports a 13 year old Florida boy suffered wounds to his face after a boat accident on June 25th.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators stated the teenager was operating a small boat in canals around Granada Terrace in Ponte Vedra, Florida when he lost control and either fell or jumped into the canal. While in the water, the boat's propeller struck him on the side of his face.
The teenager was medevaced by helicopter to Shands Jacksonville for medical attention and is recovering from wounds.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Boynton Beach, Florida TowboatU.S. captain Timothy R. Pooler attempted to rescue a disabled recreational boat drunk on June 19th. Lionel Casey and Lewis Dames of Fort Lauderdale were 25 miles off Delray Beach when their motor died. Pooler, 63, arrived at the scene four hours after being dispatched drunk. After attaching a tow line, he towed the disabled boat for several hours in circles. At dawn, Pooler asked Casey and Dames to drive his tow boat, which then ran out of fuel. Casey and Dames were then able to get their engine running again and began towing Pooler's boat until they decided to cut him loose. Shortly thereafter their boat broke down again and a second tow boat delivered the men to shore 12 hours after their initial breakdown.
The FWC officers investigating the incident stated Pooler admitted to drinking alcohol the day before, saying he shouldn't have reported for duty. Officers said Pooler also admitted to being on several prescription medications. Pooler was arrested and charged with boating under the influence.
Brais & Brais reported in February, Ted Hanner, 49, of Middleburg, Fl was operating his 18' Baja motor boat when he crashed into a tree covered shoreline killing his son Travis and son's girlfriend Halee Mickey. Recently the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cited Hanner for reckless operation.
The FWC documents reveal that Hanner left the Baja's controls and was pumping a fuel line bubble at the back of the boat when the collision occurred. Hanner told investigators the Baja's motor had been cutting out and pumping the fuel bubble was the only way to keep the motor going. The boat was on-plane and was going west about 25 mph when it veered into the north shoreline. Travis Hanner and Mickey, who were sitting in the front of the boat on each side of a large cooler, were each struck in the head and upper body by tree limbs hanging 10 feet out over the water, the report says.
The boat continued all the way under the limbs and struck the tree trunk. The FWC report indicates the impact shattered both of the boat's windows and pulled the driver's seat away from the deck, cracked the motor housing and bent the boat controls.Ted Hanner, who was thrown to the deck by the impact, suffered minor injuries. He managed to pull the boat out of the trees and get it underway again while searching for help, the report says.
The Daytona-Beach News Journal reports a personal watercraft accident occurred in the Intracoastal Waterway between Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach. The accident happened about 3:45 p.m. on March 29 -- the operator was arrested for boating under the influence. After being ejected from the personal watercraft, the female passenger was airlifted to Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach. Her condition is presently unknown.
The Miami-Herald reports Miami born pop singer Sean Kingston, 21, crashed a personal watercraft into Palm Island Bridge in Biscayne Bay around 6 p.m. on May 29. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission stated Kingston was driving the personal watercraft with a female passenger on board when the accident occurred. A passing boater saw the accident and took the two aboard. Miami-Beach Fire Rescue took Kingston and his passenger to Ryder Trauma Center. Though their medical status is not immediately known, Kingston is believed to be in critical condition.
The Palm Beach Post reports Kai Woodstock, 26, from Jupiter was critically injured on the night of May 21st when the boat he was riding in struck a lighted channel marker in the Intracoastal Waterway near Marcinski Road. Woodstock was flown by trauma hawk to St. Mary's Medical Center after the accident, which occurred around 9:46 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC).
Woodstock was one of five passengers in the boat. According to Jupiter Police, the boat's operator, Timothy Doran, 21, fled the scene on foot after the accident. It is not known whether Doran was injured. The FWC has kept the boat and its contents as evidence.
Though law enforcement believes Alcohol to be a factor, the FWC is investigating how the accident occurred.
News coverage of the boat accident.
The Palm Beach Post reports two people were thrown off a personal watercraft near Peanut Island in Riviera Beach on April 24 after hitting a channel marker. The cause of the accident is being blamed on the craft having mechanical problems.
According to a statement from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department, one rider was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The other was uninjured.