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New Port Richey Boating Accident Lawyer - Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers - 5006 Trouble Creek Rd Unit #200, New Port Richey, FL 34652, United States

Did you or a family member sustain injuries during a boat accident off the coast of New Port Richey, FL? You may be entitled to significant compensation for your losses. An experienced New Port Richey boating accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.

Since we founded our law firm back in 2001, we’ve dedicated our practice to fighting for injured clients like you.

Collectively, our lawyers have over 119 years of experience handling complex personal injury law matters related to taxi accidents, dog bites, catastrophic injuries in New Port Richey, truck accidents, New Port Richey wrongful death cases, and many more.

The person responsible for your injuries should be accountable for your losses. To learn how a lawyer can help, call our law offices at (727) 910-5060 in New Port Richey, Florida to schedule a free consultation today.

Why Should I Hire Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers To Handle My New Port Richey Boating Accident Case?

Why Should I Hire Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers To Handle My New Port Richey Boating Accident Case?

When a day on the water leads to traumatic injuries, you may not know where to turn for help. The accident wasn’t your fault–but how do you prove someone else is liable for your losses? An experienced personal injury lawyer in New Port Richey, FL can help.

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, our lawyers have decades of experience representing accident victims across the Tampa Bay area. We have the resources to conduct a full investigation and prove your case.

When you hire our legal team, you will benefit from:

  • Quality legal advice and guidance at every turn
  • A lawyer to analyze the state, federal, and maritime laws that may apply
  • A law firm that can hire respected experts to prove your case
  • A full investigation into the accident
  • A lawyer who will carefully evaluate the value of your case
  • Someone to protect you if you’re blamed for the accident
  • A skilled advocate who will negotiate fiercely for the maximum compensation you deserve

Don’t wait too long to speak with a lawyer. If you were injured in Pasco County, call our experienced New Port Richey personal injury attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation today.

Are Boating Accidents Common in New Port Richey?

Florida has about 8,436 miles of shoreline. Over 1 million recreational boating vessels were registered in the state of Florida as of 2021–more than any other state in the country. 

These recreational vessels include:

  • Open motorboats
  • Cabin motorboats
  • Personal watercraft
  • Rental boats
  • Sailboats
  • Airboats
  • Jet skis

It’s not entirely surprising that Florida ranks first in the nation when it comes to recreational boating accidents, according to data collected by the U.S. Coast Guard.

751 boating accidents were reported across the state of Florida in 2021–down from a record high of 836 boat accidents in 2020, when recreational boating became extremely popular during the pandemic.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at least 469 people suffered injuries in boating accidents in 2021. 60 people were killed in fatal boating accidents in 2021–and another 70 victims lost their lives in 2020.

Over half of all boating accident victims were passengers on the vessel. About 42% of all people injured were boat operators.

How Much is My Boating Injury Case Worth?

Before beginning negotiations with the insurance company, it’s important to have an idea about how much your personal injury case is worth. Every case is different. That makes it important to consult an experienced attorney who knows how to value your case.

When we’re calculating your case value, our lawyers will evaluate various factors, including:

  • The type of injuries involved in your case
  • The cost of your medical treatment
  • The types of medical care you will require now and in the future
  • The pain and suffering you endure due to the injuries
  • How the injuries impact your current and future work prospects and earnings
  • Damage to your quality of life and mental health
  • The circumstances of the accident

The amount of insurance coverage can also impact your case value if the at-fault party doesn’t have sufficient resources to cover your damages.

Our lawyers will identify all parties that played a role in causing your accident. With the help of experts, we’ll assess your case value and demand fair compensation from any party who shares responsibility for your injuries.

Boating Accident Victims in New Port Richey Are Entitled To Multiple Types of Damages

Boat accident victims are entitled to seek compensation for economic and non-economic losses.

Our lawyers will start by documenting your economic damages, which are your financial losses, including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income during recovery
  • Reduced future earning capacity
  • Physical therapy
  • Out-of-pocket expenses 
  • Property damage

We’ll then begin to assess your non-economic damages, which compensate victims for the trauma of the experience and the personal life changes made necessary by the injury.

Examples of those non-economic losses include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Physical disfigurement and scarring
  • Mental health disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Fear and humiliation
  • Loss of consortium

In some cases, our lawyers in New Port Richey will work with specialists who can help assign a dollar value to these types of losses. 

What Happens If I’m Being Blamed for Causing a Boating Accident in Florida?

If you share some fault for the accident, you can be held liable for your share of the damages. However, you don’t lose your right to seek compensation unless you were the sole cause of the accident.

Florida follows modified comparative fault laws. Each party is assigned a percentage of fault. If you share blame, your compensation will be reduced by that percentage. So, if you were 20% responsible, you’re still entitled to 80% of your compensation. But if you are more than 50% responsible for the accident, these rules will not allow you to recover compensation.

Our Boat Accident Attorneys Will Fight To Recover Compensation for All of Your Injuries

A serious boating accident can easily lead to severe injuries.

According to FWC, some of the most common types of boating accident injuries in Florida include:

  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Broken bones
  • Teeth and jaw injuries
  • Burns 
  • Neck injuries
  • Head injuries and concussions
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Internal organ damage and other internal injuries
  • Hypothermia 
  • Amputations
  • Shock 
  • Dislocations 

Boating wrecks can also be fatal, especially if the victim is tossed overboard in rough seas. Our lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for wrongful death if you lost a family member in a fatal boating accident.

What Are the Common Causes of Boating Accidents in New Port Richey, Florida?

Like motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents tend to happen because of human error. In other words, they occur because someone was negligent. 

According to FWC reports, some of the most common causes of boating accidents and injuries include:

  • Inexperienced boat operators
  • Failure to keep a proper lookout
  • Careless or reckless boating
  • Excessive speeds
  • Poor weather and hazardous water conditions
  • Operating a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Congested waters
  • Machinery failures
  • Obstructed vision
  • Passenger negligence
  • Sharp turns
  • Defective equipment
  • Violation of navigational rules

You deserve to know why you were injured. You also need to identify the cause of the accident to prove that someone else is responsible for your damages. 

Contacting a New Port Richey boating accident attorney is always a smart idea. Our lawyers have handled cases similar to yours before. We know how to investigate and gather the evidence to prove your case. Just call our law firm today to learn more about how we can help.

We Handle All Types of Boating Accident Claims

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, our team handles all types of boating accident cases, including those involving:

  • Collision with another vessel
  • Collision with a fixed object
  • Sinking 
  • Flooding or swamping
  • Falls overboard
  • Running aground
  • Capsizing
  • Slip and fall accidents on the vessel
  • Fires and explosions

These types of accidents can cause significant damage. It’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney if you were injured.

How Do I Prove I Deserve Compensation After a Boating Accident in Florida? 

The legal basis for most personal injury claims is negligence. 

Negligence means that:

  • Someone owed you a legal duty of care
  • They breached the duty of care
  • The breach directly caused the accident
  • You sustained damages

Many different types of evidence can be used to prove these four elements. Our lawyers will interview witnesses, search for photos and videos taken aboard the vessel, and even bring in accident reconstruction specialists to examine the data and offer expert opinions.

You Have a Limited Amount of Time To File a Lawsuit After a Boating Accident in Florida

There are time limits for taking legal action after an accident. Under Florida law, the statute of limitations generally gives accident victims two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once two years have passed, you no longer have the right to pursue compensation. You may have longer to file in some circumstances.

Contact a New Port Richey Boating Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Do you have questions about your legal rights after a boating accident? Contact a New Port Richey boating accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers today. As always, we offer a free consultation so you can get the legal advice you deserve.

Anthony David
Anthony David
Winters & Yonker are an extremely knowledgeable car accident attorneys in Tampa. Marc represented me injured in a car crash when I was coming off I-4. He is clearly the best in the field! The entire team at his firm is AMAZING!!!They helped through my whole process always keeping me up to date. They referenced me to the best doctors to assist in my recovery. I always felt comfortable with every part of it specially now in the pandemic time. The stuff is very friendly and always available for you. I specifically like to thank PRE-LITIGATION department. They were passionate, dedicated and professional. Marc worked very hard on my case and did fantastic job!!! I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. The results are outstanding. I highly recommend Marc and his entire Firm. You guys are AWESOME! Thank You to everyone at this firm!
Karla Rogers
Karla Rogers
Best lawyer ever! I had an accident gave them a call and like three months later, case Settled and full payout... Excellent service!
Lenette Montalvo
Lenette Montalvo
Christopher from Winter and Yonker was amazing. Very nice person to talk to, listen to what I had to say, and even gave his opinion when needed. From start to finish I felt very important and I was impressed by this law firm every one i spoke to made me feel safe and comfortableto. My accident has done a lot of damage to me, and knowing I had an attorney from Winters and Yonker on my side made me feel great. My compensation for my accident is amazing and it will help me in my life. Thank you very much I will definitely recommend this law firm.
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coleman vera
I went to Winter & Yonker Law Firm for my Tampa car accident case I was involved in. My case manager throughout the process and she took care of me from start to finish. The process was very seamless, I received the medical treatment that I needed immediately and at the very end, concluded with a very rewarding settlement. I've worked with a few law firms from prior accidents and none can compare to the service OR expertise I received from Mr. Yonker.👉 If you're seeking help for an injury related case, I would definitely recommend working with him and their amazing legal staff at Winter & Yonker Firm in Tampa. I will always use this firm for all my Personal Injury Claims! If you are l@@king for an Attorney to give you Top Notch legal help and the MOST money for your Pain & Suffering then take it from me I'm a paralegal and this firm continues to OUTSHINE them all!
Meredith Wilson
Meredith Wilson
This was my first personal injury experience. I wanted to choose a law office I could trust. A friend of mine recommended the law offices of Winters & Yonker, Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa. Through the entire process Attorney Marc Yonkers was helpful and communication was stellar. I never felt out the loop. I felt confident throughout entire process. Which this month (Sept. 2023) they were able to settle my accident case successfully and to my 100% satisfaction. I cannot recommend Winters & Yonker and or Marc any higher. In short they are firm, fair, aggressive, responsive, super smart and know the numerous ins and outs of Personal Injury cases (which can be quite complicated). Upon hiring them you get a law firm that will leave you confident that your case will be handled expertly and with your interests front and center.
Geneva Ramirez
Geneva Ramirez
Winters and Yonkers has been a legend of the Tampa Bay personal injury Attorney community for a long time. I was in a car accident recently with my husband, we suffered back and neck pains after two days and thought to get someone’s help. I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through a google search and called them right up. The same day Mr. Winters contacted both of us, listened, and was compassionate to our situation. He helped us through the entire process including getting me seen by a Doctor so we could heal our injuries correctly, and we got our medical bills reduced! Bill Winters, my case manager, and the entire staff were very knowledgeable and exceptional at their work. We would like to express my sincere gratitude to them and recommend them without any hesitation to anybody who needs help, don't try and fight the at fault's insurance on your own. If you're injured and need someone to protect your rights you won't find a better Attorney than Bill Winters at Winters & Yonkers!-Geneva, Tampa FL#personalinjurylawyer #caraccidentlawyer #tampainjuryattorney
Shelley Torres
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Bum Boi
Bum Boi
My wife and I are work in Mediation and Arbitration but know nothing about personal injury cases. When a young delivery Truck driver who was distracted by his phone hit us at full speed and rear-ended us as we were stopped in traffic on Wesley chapel. We knew we needed to hire the best lawyers with PI experience and expertise in the Tampa legal community that we could.From our first phone call with Bill Winters and then all the way through Trial preparation then Trial, we never felt any bad about our case because we knew Bill and the entire staff at Winters and Yonker would take care of us.Their dedication, innovation, motivation, reliability, unparalleled intellect, and exceptional skill as trial lawyers make them extraordinary individuals. My experience working with them was nothing short of exceptional. Experiencing a car accident is an ordeal that encompasses fear, trauma, and frustration. It's a life-changing event in anyone's life. There was no amount of money that could ever make me alright, because I would give any amount of cash to not have to go through the nightmare that the car accident was and continues to be.It took almost 2 years from the time of the car crash to go to trial, but ultimately the jury verdict that Bill Winters got for my family was worth fighting for. There were so many times over the course of the three years that we actively realized how amazing it was that we felt no anxiety or concerns or worries about our case, because Bill is truly outstanding!If you or anyone you know gets hurt in a car accident, call Winters and Yonkers RIGHT AWAY! And then rest assured that you, your family, or friends are being cared for by the ABSOLUTE BEST legal team in Tampa Bay. Thank you, Winters & Yonker!
Glenda Litimco
Glenda Litimco
Winters & Yonker law firm did excellent work with my injury case. Luckily, I was referred to Winters & Yonker from a good friend after I was injured in a car accident. I did some initial research about injury lawyers near me, but the reviews for this office really stood out to me in Tampa. I decided to call and after a single phone conversation, the choice was easy to make! Not only was everyone extremely professional, they made the entire process smooth and clear. I was at ease with each step of the way because they were always there to answer my questions and keep me informed of what was happening. All expectations were met and my settlement was exceeded. I got much more than I thought was even possible from the insurance company. I highly recommend the Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, and their team in Tampa to anyone in need of help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. You'll be in good hands!
Dandrea Ikner
Dandrea Ikner
This is the best lawyer in town
Nicky Warner
Nicky Warner
Max was amazing! He kept me updated throughout the whole process and was extremely easy to talk with. He also explained everything so I can completely understand it. It was an amazing experience. Thank you, Max!
Erika Smith
Erika Smith
I had a great experience with them! They truly care about you!! Thank you so much🤗
Jonathan Clem
Jonathan Clem
I was injured in a car crash here in town. Since it was essentially a "he said she said" accident case the opposing insurance claimed it was a 50/50 fault. Even though it clearly could not have been my fault. However, Bill worked diligently to get me everything I was needed to get my life back. He worked to get me access to all the doctors I needed and medical treamtment for my neck and back. Plus, a large settlement amount. Bill even took the time to calm me down when I saw the initial amount and cost for seeing my medical bills piling up! He even managed to get them to reduce their bills significantly! Plus, I received as much as possible. Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa provided a great legal service. They were strait forward and honest about the approach, and communicated every aspect of the process. The firm took care of everything. I would 100% without a doubt recommend him if I knew someone that need a personal injury attorney. Given the circumstances of our introduction I hope I never have to, BUT Bill Winters will definitely be my first call if I'm ever injured again!
marie silvers
marie silvers
They are the Best! They care about you as a person!
jorden reagan
jorden reagan
Everyone on their staff is amazing! Chris and Sara won my case and helped me out with an accident that occurred a few months back. They made the entire process so easy! They called with case updates but not too often where it was constant phone calls. It was just enough to know what was going on the whole time without being bombarded. Thankful for Tayler on their staff who helped inform me on why Winters and Yonker was the best choice to go with!
Kimberly Rushton
Kimberly Rushton
Yes, I would highly recommend winners in Yonkers. I worked with Trevor and Trevor was the best. I recommend anyone that ever needs a lawyer to go to them. They are the best.
Pat Pawelkop
Pat Pawelkop
Highly recommend. Bill Winters and his staff took time to answer my questions, and handled my case in a timely and professional manner. I almost didn't contact a lawyer over my "small" injury case because I feared it would be so difficult and stressful. But he got me the settlement that my insurance company owed me, and I would never have been able to do that on my own. And with less stress that I anticipated. I'm glad I called them.
Amysway Barton
Amysway Barton
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Certified Soul
Certified Soul
Winters and Yonker is who you want to go to when you get in a car accident because they will take care of you and won’t let you get low balled on your settlement. I got in a car accident where my back and shoulder was injured and I was referred to a attorney named Trevor. I appreciate Trevor for handling my case and keeping me informed with all the information I needed.
Sean S
Sean S
One of the best law firms in Tampa. My family was involved in a serious car accident. We went to that other personal injury firm with the two M's they were trying to make us settle the case quickly and they we're not listening to us with the arrogant attitude that they were the experts and we were just ignorant. We promptly fired them and then hired Winters & yonker. Our settlement was 5 times higher than what the MM wanted to settle for.I would like to thank Winters and Yonkers entire staff for a wonderful experience. They were all very knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process. We really felt like they cared, unlike the other firm.
Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson
I’m giving Winters & Yonker a shout out. My mother fell in Winn Dixie afew months ago. Her first choice wasMorgan & Morgan; however, after theinterview with them they decided not to take the case. My perception was that it was not a big enough case for them. I knew that she deserved to be compensated for her injuries, and I had mad faith in Winters & Yonker from using them in the past. They not only took the case but settled it in record time. Thanks Winters and Yonker, and I like to send a special thank you to Christopher Smith, who was never to busy when I needed answers. I would recommend your law firm to anyone. I found you to be ethical, professional, and respectful to my family, but most of all you will fight for the little guy. Much love and respect. God bless you all and your families👏👏👏👏
Reuben Rodriques
Reuben Rodriques
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