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Florida boating accident injures 14 victims

Victims of boating accidents have legal remedies to consider when harmed. A major boat accident in Florida recently injured 14 victims. The airboat accident occurred on a lake and resulted in 14 victims being injured and one had to be airlifted to the hospital. Of the 14 injured victims, 2 were in critical condition and 3 others suffered serious injuries in the boat accident. In addition to the victim that required airlifting to the hospital, another 8 victims had to be transported by emergency responders to local hospitals.

Both the Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission and local sheriff's office will be investigating the boat accident. One official noted that a mechanical failure may be to blame for the airboat accident. The victims were injured by being jostled around the both. Injured victims who have suffered serious harm in a boat accident may be able to recover compensation for their damages through a personal injury claim for damages.

A personal injury claim for damages against a negligent party responsible for the accident and harm suffered can help victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages associated with a traumatic accident. Responsible parties may be considered negligent in different circumstances including if they failed to properly maintain the boat the victims were on at the item of the accident. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Accidents that occur on water, as well as those involving commercial providers of services, can be complex which is why it is helpful to have trained guidance through the process. Legal protections are available to victims unexpectedly harmed by the negligence of another party so it is essential for victims to be familiar with those protections and the resources available to them.

Source: Citrus County Chronicle, "Airboat accident injures 14," Julie Gorham, Oct. 24, 2017

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