Scuba diving is an exciting, but none the less comparatively dangerous pastime many people take up for the first time while on holiday. Getting proper training and ensuring equipment used is in perfect working order is vital if scuba diving accidents are to be prevented.
Some of the most common scuba diving injuries include barotraumas. As the name suggests, these injuries are pressure-related traumas to divers’ ears. Most likely to occur during ascending and descending, these diving injuries happen when pressure in the middle ear is not equalised to environmental pressure, which causes tissue to be damaged.
Arterial gas embolism
Another common diving related injury, arterial gas embolism, is caused by an over-expansion of the lungs, which in turn causes air to escape and enter the capillaries. As the aerated blood circulates, it eventually reaches the brain, where it may cause immediate death when the diver returns to the surface.
This also fairly common scuba diving injury is caused by increased pressure at lower depths causing larger amounts of nitrogen to be absorbed into the body by the diver. Although nitrogen usually absorbs easily and is easily released out of the body by regular breathing, hasty descends or ascends; ignoring time or breathing abnormally can prevent release of nitrogen, leading to decompression sickness.
Preventing diving accidents
As mentioned above, preventing accidents while scuba diving is largely dependent on proper training and provision of regularly maintained diving equipment in good working order. Keeping an eye on the time, ascending and descending slowly and maintaining a regular, steady breathing rhythm will also help to prevent accidental injuries.
Your right to compensation
Like slips, trips and falls, scuba diving incidents and injuries like those described above, as well as slip, trip or fall injuries on boats, for instance, may entitle you to claim for personal injury compensation. If, for instance, you were injured because the equipment you were given was faulty, or because you were not instructed properly, you would be eligible to claim.
How to get a claim started
Our Freephone advice line at Accident Advice Helpline, is available around the clock, 365 days a year. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a chance of successfully claiming diving accident compensation, slip, fall or trip injury compensation, or any other form of personal injury compensation, and how to get your claim set into motion. Calls are both confidential and free.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice