Recreational Diving Accidents

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Baker and Zimmerman – Representing Those Injured While Scuba Diving or Snorkeling in Florida

Were you injured in a scuba diving incident that wasn’t your fault? Baker and Zimmerman can help.

Florida is a beautiful peninsula with fair weather and plenty of opportunity for maritime recreation. Given its environment, there’s no question as to why scuba diving accidents occur here more than almost anywhere else in the U.S. If you’ve been injured in a scuba diving incident, negligence, faulty equipment, or recklessness could to blame- making you eligible for compensation that could help cover your medical bills and lost wages.

These underwater accidents are not reserved for recreational divers. Commercial and even professional divers can also be involved. Regardless of the purpose of your diving, Baker and Zimmerman can help you fight back against wrongful death, permanent disabilities, and serious injuries that never should have occurred.

Causes of these many include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Boat operator negligence, run overs, abandonment, and/or faulty vessel operation
  • Negligence from rescuers
  • Negligence on the part of a dive partner
  • Improper training
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Failure of dive operators to follow U.S. Coast Guard regulations
  • Inadequately maintained equipment
  • Faulty equipment
  • Out-of-air emergencies
  • Complications caused by improper decompression, bends, rapid descents/ascents, nitrogen narcosis
  • Dangerous conditions

Scuba divers typically have to rely on others for their safety and when something goes wrong, compensation can and should be sought to cover current and future medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages and punitive damages.

Scuba diving requires trust, as others often need to be on the lookout to ensure divers’ safety. When something goes wrong, you can and should seek compensation to cover your suffering, pain, current medical costs, future medical costs, and loss of wages. You should also seek punitive damages to help prevent other innocent divers from winding up in the same situation.

When it comes to accidents, there are no limitations to where or when it can strike. With all of its beaches and possibility for entertainment, Florida has managed to earn a reputation as a prime location for accidents that involve both snorkeling and scuba diving. As much as they would prefer to avoid falling victim to injuries while on vacation in Florida, lawyers have to be contacted about near death drowning and even incidents where a family member has lost their life because of the negligence of some tour operators.

Nature of the Beast

As much fun as water sports can be, it is unfortunate that both snorkeling and scuba diving can translate into harmful or even fatal results, especially if the people responsible fail to follow the safe path. In many instances, it is simply a matter of poor judgment that translates into someone getting hurt. When equipment is offered to a customer and that equipment is not properly maintained, the user is at risk and almost always ends up in trouble. Some tours fail to have qualified personnel watching over the dives and unfortunately these are the same tours that are chosen by a few cruise liners.

For your protection

The United States coast guard has implemented several safety guidelines that are intended to increase awareness and safety among both tour guides and users. Unfortunately, this has done little to reduce these accidents and operators continue to place divers at risk by failing to do their part. Participants who sit by and allow these accidents to go unanswered will only be contributing to the possibility of others ending up in the same boat as they did. If for no other reason than prevention, legal representation by a team that has experience in this area should be secured.

Knowing your rights

Baker and Zimmerman is a trusted name when it comes to scuba diving accidents in Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton, as well as the rest of Florida. We are experienced in the legal issues that must be addressed after a scuba incident, including state laws that govern negligence and maritime law.

Participants and members of their family should be aware that they are entitled to financial compensation to help them recover from the damages they incur. Medical expenses, pain and suffering and the possibility of lost income should be carefully evaluated and addressed by the legal team. Water conditions that were treacherous, equipment which was not maintained to expected guidelines and improper training are just a few of the dangers that could have been avoided. Don’t let others fall into the same trap that you did, contact the team of legal experts at Baker & Zimmerman who understand what you are going through and what steps to take next to get you back on track.