If you’ve been wondering if you can get stung by coral, the answer is yes. Most coral species are harmless and most people will go through their lives without ever being injured by them. However, some coral can cause grazes, cuts and stings. The fire coral, in particular, is known for its painful sting. If you do become stung by a coral, you should seek medical advice immediately, as the lesions can become septic if they are left untreated.
What to do if you have been stung by coral
There are at least 48 species of fire coral that are known about. Scuba divers are instructed to wear gloves to protect themselves from fire coral because they can cause a host of symptoms including swelling, blisters, small welts, encystations, nausea and vomiting. Most symptoms will disappear within around 24 hours, but you could lose your life if you suffer an anaphylactic shock or allergic reaction if you come into contact with this kind of coral.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we may be able to help you get compensation if you have been stung by coral and it wasn’t your fault. Perhaps a diving instructor or dive tour operator failed in their duty of care to you? Maybe they didn’t make you aware of dangers, provided you with badly-maintained or unreliable equipment, didn’t train you or instruct you properly or didn’t do enough to prevent a slip, trip or fall on a boat? If you think your accident was someone else’s fault and you suspect you could be entitled to compensation, contact us as soon as possible. We can help you get compensation for your injuries so you can get back any money that you’ve lost because of your injury such as medical costs and earnings you have missed out on because you’ve been forced to take time away from work recovering.
Talking to Accident Advice Helpline
We have been helping people get justice and compensation after diving accidents since we were first founded in 2000 and always do everything in our power to bring you the best outcome possible if we think you have a case. You don’t need any money to get a case underway and we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. You can get in touch today by calling 0800 689 0500 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if using your mobile. Why wait any longer to speak to us?
Date Published: May 11, 2017
Author: Accident Advice