Your Rights After a Fishing Accident in Florida
Thousands of people flock to the coastal and inland waters of Florida each year for fishing. From commercial trips to national competitions, fishing is a beloved pastime of residents and tourists alike. Unfortunately, fishing trips can become dangerous if the boat operator does not follow proper safety protocols.
How Common Is Recreational Fishing in Florida?
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida is the “fishing capital of the world.” The state earned the title after securing more world record fish catches than any other state in the U.S. It even holds the record for more catches than any other country. Simply put, fishing is a common recreational activity in the Sunshine State, resulting in billions of dollars for the economy and countless visitors.
Types of Fishing Trips in Florida
While Florida is well-known for its saltwater fishing, including being home to over a million freshwater anglers. Whether you are fishing off a boat with a rod and pole or are on a commercial overnight trip, you need to understand your rights and the potential for liability if there is an accident.
Types of fishing trips in Florida:
- Recreational fishing
- Commercial fishing
- Full and half-day offshore charters
- Freshwater fishing
- Inshore and nearshore fishing
- Deep sea fishing
Experienced or competitive fisherman may have their own equipment and vessel, while recreational anglers may opt to purchase an excursion or rent a boat for the day.
No matter the situation, it is important to stay safe on the water and to make sure that your boat has all of the necessary equipment in case of an emergency. If you have purchased a fishing trip or are renting a boat, double-check with the company to ensure they are following all safety protocols. If you are injured on the water, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney about your legal rights.
Filing a Lawsuit After a Fishing Accident
If you are injured while fishing in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation. Under some circumstances, you may be able to sue a liable party for any damages that you suffer, including your personal injuries and damage to your property. Determining liability, however, can be challenging without the help of an attorney.
Liability generally falls with the owner or operator of the boat, but not always. If faulty equipment was the cause of your injuries, it may be a manufacturer or distributor that can be held legally responsible. A thorough investigation may be needed to determine who or what caused the accident so that liability can be ascertained.
Injured on a Fishing Trip? Contact Our Office.
Were you injured while fishing in Florida? Contact Mase Seitz Briggs at (844) 627-3529 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Our legal team can help you determine whether you have a valid claim for damages and how to pursue compensation. We have decades of experience and will work with you to get the recovery you deserve. Experience the difference with Mase Seitz Briggs.