"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes
Palatka Boating Accident Attorney
Boating Accidents in Putnam County
Putnam County is home to some of Florida’s best rivers and lakes. For many, nothing beats a day out on the water, whether fishing, wakeboarding, or simply enjoying all that nature has to offer. However, what can begin as a pleasant day of boating can quickly turn into a nightmare when others fail to act with reasonable care.
If you were injured in a boating accident caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. can help. You deserve justice, and our Palatka boating accident attorneys are ready to stand up for you and your right to a fair recovery. We represent clients throughout Putnam County, as well as all of Florida and Georgia, and have more than 100 years of collective experience that we are ready to put on your side.
Types of Boating Accident Cases We Handle
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we represent clients who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in all types of recreational boating accidents.
We regularly handle cases involving:
- Motorboat and speedboat accidents
- Personal watercraft accidents (Jet Skis, Sea-Doos, WaveRunners, etc.)
- Rental boats/personal watercraft
- Drownings and near-drownings
- Catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries and spine injuries
- Defective vessels, parts, machinery, and equipment
- Launch ramp accidents
- Towing accidents
- Collisions with swimmers and others in the water
This is not an exhaustive list; if you were injured or if your loved one was killed in any type of boating accident, please do not hesitate to contact our firm to learn how we can help.
Liability in Boating Accident Cases
Determining who is liable for an accident and, therefore, your damages can be difficult. However, it is a critical element of a successful boating accident claim. Our attorneys work with a team of six in-house investigators to reconstruct accidents and identify the liable party/parties.
Some of the potentially liable parties in a given boat accident claim include:
- Another boater or personal watercraft operator
- A boat/personal watercraft rental company
- A passenger on another boat/personal watercraft
- The owner of a vessel or the entity that leases it
- The manufacturer of a defective vessel, part, or piece of equipment
In most cases, our first step in identifying who is liable for your damages is determining how the accident occurred. Often, negligence plays a key role in these accidents. For example, boaters may be distracted, inexperienced, or intoxicated when operating a vessel and may cause a serious crash as a result. A negligent boat rental company may fail to conduct appropriate maintenance or repairs, leading to mechanical failure.
Our Palatka boating accident attorneys are well-versed in the many complexities involved in establishing and proving liability in these types of cases. We understand what it takes to evaluate the full extent of your damages, identify the liable party, and clearly and effectively present this information to the insurance company and/or a jury. Our aggressive approach has helped us successfully secure financial compensation on behalf of countless individuals who, through no fault of their own, were severely injured in boating accidents throughout Putnam County and beyond.
Fighting Tooth & Nail for You
When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need a dedicated team that’s ready to stand up for you and your rights. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we fight tirelessly to maximize our clients’ recoveries and secure the full compensation they are owed for their economic and non-economic damages. Depending on the details of your case, this might include compensation for your current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, disability, inconvenience, pain and suffering, and lost quality of life.
As your neighborhood attorney, we are dedicated to making our community a safer place. We also strive to ensure that you have a positive experience with our firm. Throughout the legal process, we are always available and will provide consistent updates on the status of your case. We even give our clients our personal cell phone numbers so that they can always reach us when they need us most.