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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

    Commercial fishing vs leisurely fishing: The dangers of both

    Many of the dangers faced by fishermen are common to both commercial and recreational fishing activities. Such common dangers include slips, trips and falls; injuries by electrocution, fires or explosions and collisions with other vessels.

    Other common risks

    Extreme weather can also result in commercial and recreational fishing vessels to capsize or sink, causing injuries by falling overboard; near-drowning or drowning incidents and injuries by prolonged exposure to extreme cold. Bites and stings by potentially highly poisonous marine creatures could also be responsible for more or less severe personal injuries to commercial and recreational fishermen.

    Commercial fishing

    Crews on board commercial fishing vessels may also suffer injuries by accidents at work involving generally dangerous, faulty or poorly maintained machinery. Other fishing injuries at work consist of people being dragged into winches; work injuries by inadequately secured equipment falling or sliding across the deck and either trapping them or throwing them overboard.

    More commercial fishing risks

    Often working 21-hour shifts and more, crews on board commercial fishing boats also frequently suffer from extreme exhaustion. Dangerous for their health in itself, this may also lead to work related accidents. Sadly, lack of personal flotation devices, rescue and emergency equipment is often responsible for major and fatal injuries on commercial fishing vessels, as is the often complete disregard of safe working procedures.

    Recreational fishing

    When fishing for recreational purposes at sea, inexperienced anglers may suffer accidental injuries by underestimating the instability of vessels in bad weather, or the strength (and teeth) of a fish they are trying to land, for example. River fishing accidents often involve poor casting techniques and injuries by fishing hooks. Being swept away and battered by strong currents, stings and bites by insects and, depending on the location, other creatures are also possible dangers.

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    When fishing goes wrong

    Fishermen, both recreational and commercial, injured by fishing accidents through no fault of their own some time during the past three years may qualify for personal or industrial injury compensation. If you think an injury you suffered at work or while on a recreational fishing trip was caused by another person, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline personnel by calling the company’s free phone helpline.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    In the business of securing personal and work injury compensation for employees and other people injured by accidents caused by others for many years, Accident Advice Helpline offers victims of accidents the services of an experienced, highly efficient in-house legal team under no win no fee** agreements.

    Date Published: September 30, 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.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.