Earlier this month just east of Boca Chita Key, a deadly boat accident claimed the life of a 72-year-old man. According to one local news report by CBS Miami, the 23-foot boat carrying the man capsized when it was swamped by a wave.
Evidently, when emergency crews responded, three people had been thrown from the boat into the sea. Upon their arrival, one man had entered cardiac arrest. Responders performed CPR on the elderly man and took him to Mercy Hospital. They were able to keep his heart rate and blood pressure up until arrival at the hospital. Unfortunately, however, he died a short time after he was admitted.
The other two people aboard the boat survived the accident.
Boating Accidents in Florida
With almost 1,200 miles of coastline and hundreds of lakes and rivers, Florida is a hub for all kinds of boating. While most of the time boaters enjoy their time on the water without incident, occasionally a tragic accident strikes like the one described above.
In some cases, accidents happen due to the fault of no one involved. For example, the accident above seems to have occurred when a large wave overtook the boat. Given just those facts, it is possible that there was no one at fault for the fatal accident.
However, it would be premature to make that assessment without conducting a full investigation into what happened that day. For instance, if the captain of the boat was operating the vessel while intoxicated, or was operating the boat in a irresponsible manner at the time, he may be found liable for the accident and any damages or losses caused as a result.
Recovering After a Boating Accident
After losing a loved one in a fatal boating accident, financial recovery may not be the first thing on your mind. That is understandable. However, some people want answers, and the State of Florida provides a mechanism for them to hold the parties they believe are responsible for their loved one’s death accountable.
By filing a wrongful death action, a grieving Floridian can potentially obtain monetary compensation for his or her loss based on the negligence of another party. This can even be the case when only one boat is involved, as was the case in the accident above.
Have You Lost a Loved One in a Fatal Boating Accident?
If you have recently suffered through the tragedy of losing a loved one in a Florida boating accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages. To learn more about the laws in Florida that permit the families of victims to recover financially for their loss, speak to one of the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Cecere Santana. The skilled personal injury lawyers at Cecere Santana have years of experience bringing all kinds of Florida personal injury actions, including boat accident cases. To set up a free consultation with an attorney to discuss your case, call 800-753-5529.
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