Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Boating Accident Lawyer

There are a number of different reasons why a boating accident may occur. These include speeding, operator error, insufficient training or knowledge of boat operation, component defects, improper maintenance, and much more. It’s easy to think that boat accidents are not as common as car accidents. After all, boats have much more space as they maneuver around in the open sea. However, while boat accidents may indeed occur less commonly, they nevertheless happen every day.

Boating injuries are often the result of collisions, capsized ships, or falling overboard. Injuries may range from minor cuts and bruises to paralysis or even death. It is important to note that severe injuries do not have a particular bias for vessel size. You can sustain serious injuries on a large vessel just as easily as you can a small boat. It all depends on the nature of your accident.

Regardless of your circumstance, you’re going to need seasoned legal advice. Victims of boating accidents will face medical expenses, chronic pain, loss of income, and additional costs—through no fault of their own. This is where The Ward Law Group comes in. Our legal team has nearly a decade of experience in dealing with every type of personal injury case under the sun. With The Ward Law Group at your side, you can rest assured in knowing that you’re in very capable hands.

In addition to our track record of success, we also offer our legal services to both Spanish and English speaking communities. Don’t let big-name insurance companies use your language as a barrier against you. With The Ward Law Group, your language will never become an obstacle to receiving your just compensation.

Common Types of Boat Accident Claims that We Settle

In 2017, the Coast Guard reported that 4,291 boating accidents occurred in the United States. Of these accidents, 658 were fatal and 2,629 led to personal injury. This led to roughly $46 million dollars worth of property damage as the result of recreational boating activities.

There are many different reasons why a boating accident may occur. But generally speaking, there are five factors that most commonly contribute to recreational boating accidents:

  • Reckless Boating: Unfortunately, a surprising number of people use their boats as a means to show off for friends or romantic interests, which results in a large percentage of annual accidents.
  • Inexperience: There are a lot more moving pieces when it comes to boating versus driving a car. All operators should make sure to take the proper courses to ensure that they have the required experience to take on the open seas.
  • Intoxication: Just as with driving, no one should operate a boat while under the influence of any substance.
  • Improper Maintenance: Just as with cars, boats need routine maintenance. Having a properly maintained boat at all times can spare you from having an accident.
  • Extreme Weather Conditions: Unlike a car, you have waves with which to contend. This is an added factor that may make steering much more difficult. In some cases (especially on lakes), lightning can also become an important factor.

Accident Subtypes that We Also Cover

Of course, these are not the only sources of personal injury that we take into consideration. Other types of boating accidents that we cover include:

  • Commercial boating accidents
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Yacht accidents
  • Shrimping and fishing boat accidents
  • Pontoon boat accidents
  • Marina and dock accidents
  • Party boat accidents
  • Waterskiing and towing accidents
  • …and more.

Since there are different sets of laws and practices that govern how you should pursue your compensation, you should make sure to enlist a skilled team of lawyers to initiate and process your claim.

Types of Boat Accident Injuries & Compensation

Boats are drastically different vehicles from cars. As a result, there are many different ways that you can sustain injuries during an accident. You have the added element of the water, propellers, swinging masts, and much more with which to contend. (And that doesn’t even include the emotional trauma of the event.) Common types of injuries sustained on the water include:

When you suffer a personal injury—especially if it is due to the negligence of a third party—you’re going to need an experienced personal injury attorney to maximize your compensation. With the right legal assistance, you may be able to claim restitution for:

  • Medical Expenses: Not only does this include bills for doctor or hospital visits, but this also covers physical therapy, emergency surgery, inpatient care, and more.
  • Lost Wages & Earnings Capacity: Lost wages are earnings forfeited while you were recovering from an injury. Lost earning capacity refers to situations in which you sustain a permanent injury that affects your ability to excel in your career.
  • Emotional Trauma: This takes what cannot be seen by the naked eye into consideration, such as psychological distress.
  • Property Damage: Covers material damage to your boat and any other articles present on your boat that were lost as a result of the accident.

The Ward Law Group has successfully won millions of dollars in compensation for their clients over the decade that they have been in business. Don’t leave your settlement up to chance. With our wealth of experience, you can rest easy knowing that you have a very capable team of legal professionals backing you every step of the way.

Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident

Generally speaking, there are five steps that you should always take immediately after a boating accident.

Firstly, always check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. After an accident, your adrenaline levels may be high, which might mask your ability to identify pain or physical discomfort. So, examine yourself and your passengers closely.

Next, you will want to alert the authorities and take pictures of the accident. Alerting the authorities is an important step for insurance purposes. As previously mentioned, photos you take should include images of all property and people involved, as well as your surroundings and any injuries that were sustained as a result of the accident.

Make sure to obtain the contact information from every participant in the boating accident. This includes names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance information, and boat registration. If there are any witnesses, then you should request their information as well.

Lastly, you should contact your insurance provider. You will need to do this in order to open up a claim. It is best to do this as soon as possible after the accident occurs. This way, you will be able to remember all of the details as your insurance company asks probing questions about the accident.

How The Ward Law Group Can Help

Are you ready to get your claim started? Don’t leave your case up to insurance companies who don’t work for you. Their job is to make absolutely certain that you walk out the other side with the smallest possible settlement for your damages. Instead, you’ll want to get your claim started off on the right foot by contacting our team of legal professionals.

The Ward Law Group is committed to ensuring that you receive the appropriate compensation for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, emotional distress, and much more. And don’t forget: Our boating accident lawyers serve both the English and Spanish speaking communities. Insurance companies often attempt to leverage your language against you as you attempt to file your claim. Don’t let them get away with it! Contact The Ward Law Group today and make the settlement process a breeze!

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- Nela G.

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This law firm was very professional and thorough! I was living in North Carolina throughout the process and although they are located in Florida, they made my experience very pleasant and straightforward! Cindy was in constant communication with me and would explain all the details needed for my case! Cindy never hesitated to help and answer all my questions from start to finish!

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The Ward Law Group made sure that I got the medical care I needed and kept me informed the entire way. They showed that they truly care about their clients.  I only wish I knew about them when my husband was in a car/motorcycle accident last year. Dealing with other lawyers had left me with a negative outlook on the whole process. But it’s safe to say The Ward Law Group restored it.

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Works day & night to take care of you!

I was blessed to have this wonderful team behind me through this journey. Thanks to Ancelys’ and Jany’s hard work, we won the lawsuit. Lawsuits come with mental anguish that can translate into depression or anxiety. My case was long and filled with constant roadblocks. This did not deter The Ward Law Group in the least. If anything, I felt it made them work harder. This team is so multifaceted, they were able to help me with every aspect of my case.

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This was the first time that I have ever had such an amazing experience with a law group. They have been very supportive and not just regarding my car, health, and financial compensation. In less than 5 months, they satisfactorily solved all of my problems, one by one.  I would recommend them with my eyes shut. Amazing job!

- Lili V.

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Gregory Ward is definitely the lion in the room. He takes pride in defending his clients and carries a powerful family energy. Greg has the wisdom and force to show his magnificent mane and ferocious roar when working his cases. He protects his clients as members of his family. Greg shows strength and a willingness to win the case. Professionalism and honesty. I recommend The Ward Law Group highly.

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I can’t even begin to say how amazing this group of people is. Back in March of 2016, I was involved in a car accident with another person. Since then, The Ward Law Group has fought tooth and nail for our case.  They never ceased to amaze me. We could email Ancelys at 11pm and she wouldn’t hesitate to answer. We are fortunate to have come across such talented professionals. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

-Kayleen B.

Above & beyond “excellent!”

Being in an accident is very stressful and not just the emotional part of it. My car was damaged and I sustained some injuries to my spine. Since the moment I contacted The Ward Law Group, everything was so much easier. They have gone above and beyond “excellent.”  I highly recommend that if you are ever involved in a car accident that you immediately contact The Ward Law Group to assist you in the whole recovery process.

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The Ward Law Group provided excellent support and clinical accommodations throughout the entirety of my case. Their responses were prompt with regard to my case or any questions about therapy also. They did an absolutely extraordinary job with my settlement as well, being able to increase the initial settlement offer to over 10 times the amount! I really can’t say enough good things about the way I was treated and how my case was handled.

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I highly recommend The Ward Law Group without any reservation and I thank them for giving me much peace during a stressful time in my life. The Ward Law Group put my mind at ease every step of the way and handled my case efficiently and professionally. Very few times we actually find good lawyers who work because they enjoy helping others. Much gratitude!

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The Ward Law Group is just amazing. The day of my accident was confusing, but they walked me through all the details step-by-step and answered all my questions that day and even during the weeks thereafter. No matter the question, they had an answer. I recently used their services again for a civil matter and experienced the same professionalism and speedy turnaround.

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I want to thank The Ward Law Group for their excellent treatment, including my accident lawyer Jany Martinez Ward and her work team. Cindy, Lucy, Karen, and Amalia were all there for me when I needed it the most. They fought for me and were able to secure me $100,000 for my automotive accident. I am eternally grateful for the work that they did – 5 Stars! THANK YOU, Ward Law Group!

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Such a great experience. The entire process from beginning to end was almost effortless for me, the client. They handled the majority of the process/legwork and kept me informed along the way. Francis handled my case and she is extremely professional and courteous as well as great at explaining the next step along the way. Would recommend to anyone. Thank you Jany Martinez Ward! So pleased with my outcome.

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What a success story! The Ward Law Group was so professional and informative with details. At the end of my case, I was very satisfied with the process and my results. Gregory and Jany were very sweet and personable. They made me feel comfortable which is very important due to me being in a major car accident while pregnant. I highly, highly recommend them! Thank you, WARD LAW!

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I got into an accident at the beginning of the year. I was hit by a truck from the rear side. I called The Ward Law Group the next day and came to their office. They treated me with the most utmost respect and were very professional. They made everything easy and helpful. At the end, I received a VERY good compensation. I am very happy with their services and highly recommend them to anyone involved in any type of motor vehicle accident. Thank you to the accident attorney Jany Martinez-Ward!

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-Mariana R.

Greeted me like I was family!

I want to thank accident attorney Jany Martinez-Ward. The whole process was amazing. My car was a total loss and they helped me with that process. When it was time to pick up my check, I went to the beautiful office they have in Miami Lakes. The receptionist greeted me like I was family. I love how they offered me some Cuban coffee – MY FAVORITE! I am extremely happy with my results. Amazing, professional team at Ward Law. I recommend this firm to anyone who is involved in a car accident.

- Jacqueline A.

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The Ward Law Group is amazing, fast, and very effective. I was in a car accident this year and they really helped me out. I had the pleasure of meeting Jany Martinez-Ward who was my attorney. She is awesome. I also worked with Karen and Lucy and they are two of the nicest ladies I have ever met. They took really good care of me. I recommend this law firm to anyone who really needs help.

- Steve W.

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I am very pleased with the service at Ward Law. From beginning to end, their friendliness, availability, walkthrough, and council has been impeccable. I needed guidance and here I found an efficient guide. Thanks again.

-Miguel M.

The best all around!

I want to thank the Ward Law Group for such a positive experience handling my case! Amalia, Karen, and Lucy went above and beyond, always keeping me up-to-date on my case and getting back to me as fast as they could with any questions I had. Very professional, compassionate, and efficient team. I would highly recommend! Extremely satisfied with their service. Thank you again, Jany Martinez Ward and the entire team for everything. The best all around!

- Nathali H.
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