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July 9, 2014

Biscayne Bay Boat Accident Victim Retains Brais, Brais & Rusak


Miami Boat Injury Lawyer.gifOur 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.

February 15, 2013

Brais & Rusak Represent Sarasota Florida Man Injured in a Boat Accident


Florida Boat Accident Lawyer.gifFlorida 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.

February 16, 2012

Brais Law Firm Sues United States for 5.2 Million Dollars on Behalf of Injured Indiana Seaman


Indiana Cruise Injury Lawyer.jpgThe 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.

November 27, 2011

Tampa Bay Florida Boat Accident Kills One


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.

October 18, 2011

Man Dies in Miami Boating Accident


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.

August 22, 2011

Teen Dies in a Boating Crash in a South Florida Canal


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.

August 18, 2011

Father & Son Injured in the Florida Keys When Boat Ran Them Over


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.

June 28, 2011

Florida Teen Injured in Boating Accident


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.

News Coverage of the Boating Accident

June 22, 2011

Florida TowBoat U.S. Captain Attempts Ocean Rescue Drunk


Timothy Pooler.jpgThe 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.

June 19, 2011

Father Charged with Reckless Boating in Connection with a Crash that Killed 2 Teens


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.

News Coverage of the Accident

May 30, 2011

Personal Watercraft Accident Leaves Passenger in the Hospital


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.

May 30, 2011

Singer Sean Kingston Crashes Personal Watercraft into Miami Bridge


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.

May 24, 2011

Jupiter Man Critically Injured after Boat Strikes Intracoastal Waterway Channel Marker


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.

April 28, 2011

Riviera Beach Personal Watercraft Crash Injures Rider


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.

April 27, 2011

Teenage Girl's Leg Severed Below the Knee in Lake Gibson Personal Watercraft Accident


NewsCheif.com reports a teenage girl had part of her leg amputated when two personal watercraft collided on Lake Gibson at a high speed.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesman Gary Morse stated the victim and a 15-year-old girl were riding Polaris jet propelled personal watercaft together about 2:30 p.m. on April 24, 2011 when they collided. It is estimated that both girls were traveling at 30 mph, and the impact severed the 14-year-old's left leg below the knee. The other girl was not injured.

The FWC has not released either girl's name but provide photos of the two Polaris personal watercrafts. Both are registered to Bob and Bonnie Roebuck of Lakeland.

Roebuck said the accident happened about 150 yards from his property on the north shore of Lake Gibson. He said the girls had been gone only about five minutes when he heard screaming and got in a boat to rescue the girl, bringing her back to his dock. The injured teenager was helivaced to Tampa General Hospital. Neither of the teens completed the boater-safety course required in Florida for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988.

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Photo of the damaged Polaris personal watercrafts