George Verdecia and his brother owe their lives to a desire for cold drinks. The brothers were fishing off the coast of Key Biscayne, FL when their boat capsized in November of last year. The two men treaded water until a water cooler floated to the surface. George grabbed the lid of the cooler while his brother held the base.
The two became separated when the current ripped apart the cooler, leaving Verdecia holding onto the cooler cover for dear life. His brother managed to float to shore and get help. When George was pulled from the water, he was suffering from the start of one of the most common injuries resulting from boating accidents. Hypothermia occurs when the body begins to shut down due to extreme cold.
Some of the other common injuries resulting from boating accidents are:
- Lacerations. The most common kind of injury o all, according to the U.S. Coast Guard
- Broken bones. The second most common type of injury
- Scrapes and bruises. These tend to be surface wounds that are less serious than lacerations
- Sprains and strains. Usually ankle or knee injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured during a boating accident here in the state of Florida, it is possible that you could be entitled to monetary compensation as a result of your injuries. It is important to speak with a knowledgeable boating accident lawyer who can help you to determine what your rights are under the law following any such accident. Contact our attorneys the the Law Office of Cohn & Smith today to preserve your rights in the aftermath of the incident.