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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Beach accidents: Jellyfish stings in Australia


    Endless sunny beaches and outstanding snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing sites make Australia a highly popular holiday destination. Unfortunately, some holidays are ruined by accidents on the beach.

    Beach accidents in Australia

    In addition to severe sunburns, sun stroke and the occasional cut, bruise or broken limb in surfing, diving or snorkelling accidents, holidaymakers in Australia are also at risk of having their vacation ruined by jellyfish stings.

    Box Jellyfish

    Almost transparent bodies and long, finger-like tentacles give jellyfish a beautiful, almost ethereal appearance. Behind that beauty, however, lays a potentially dangerous sea creature with stinging cells (located within the tentacles) that can cause some serious harm. The box jellyfish, or sea wasp, that is common along northern Australia’s coasts is notorious for such a harmful sting.

    Symptoms of box jellyfish stings

    Being stung by the sea wasp can leave victims with a variety of unpleasant, painful and potentially lethal symptoms including:

    • Breathing difficulties
    • Death of skin tissue
    • Severe pain or swelling
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Slow heart beat

    Immediate medical attention is required, and preventing these stings is a matter of not swimming in box jellyfish infested waters. When heading for unfamiliar waters, it is therefore recommended to ask locals where it is safe to swim.

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    Slips, trips and falls

    Like elsewhere in the world, holidaymakers in Australia may also encounter unfortunate accidents causing slip, trip or fall injuries. Busy bars, restaurants, shops, and so on in popular tourist destinations do their utmost to prevent such incidents, but every now and then, accidents occur and tourists are injured by slipping on wet floors or tripping over some kind of obstacle or another.

    Travel accident compensation

    Whether you sustained a trip injury or were injured in an accident on the road, if you suffered an injury in Australia, there is a good chance that you may qualify for personal injury compensation.

    Claiming compensation

    If your accidental injury in Australia was sustained in the last three years and was caused by another person, have a confidential chat with an Accident Advice Helpline advisor. Friendly and helpful, these advisors can be contacted 24/7 via a freephone number. Putting callers under no obligation to pursue their claim with this law firm, advisors will treat all calls with the strictest confidentiality.

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    Drawing on years of experience, the company’s compensation lawyers have the skills to settle claims quickly and offer their services on a no win no fee* basis.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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