Common Personal Watercraft Injuries

Personal watercraft (PWC) such as JetSki are very popular in Florida. Many Floridians own PWC. Many tourists and residents rent them. For most, a day on the water is relatively safe. For some, however, it can end in tragedy.

Common injuries associated with PWC accidents include:

While not always “serious,” lacerations are the most common injury sustained in PWC accidents.

Infographic: Common Personal Watercraft Injuries

Severe Injury

Both spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) pose long-term, potentially permanent consequences. Both can require years of rehabilitation without the guarantee of recovery.

Traumatic brain injury is the second most common injury in PWC accidents. Deaths from head injury account for 30% of all traumatic deaths in the United States. Along with drowning, TBI poses a significant risk for death following a PWC accident.

When you sustain a serious injury in a PWC accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Much of this depends on the cause of your accident and the negligence of all involved parties, which can include others on the water, a rental or retail establishment, or even the manufacturer of the craft. Having a lawyer on your side can help to determine who is liable while guiding your next best move.

Here to Help

Hickey Law Firm was founded by Jack Hickey, a board-certified Admiralty and Maritime Law attorney with decades of experience helping victims of serious injury get real justice. Our attorneys have the resources, background, and drive to take PWC cases as far as needed and help those who have been seriously injured – and their families – get the justice they are due. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a PWC accident we encourage you to get in touch right away to learn more about your options and your rights.


Please call Hickey Law Firm at 305-371-8000 to schedule a free case review at our Miami office. We serve people living throughout Florida who have sustained serious injury in a maritime accident.