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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

    Most common surfing accident injuries


    Catching the perfect wave and gliding effortlessly in to shore can give you an exhilarating thrill that no other sport match. Unfortunately, surfing accidents can also cause a level and severity of injuries few other sports can compete with.

    Whether it’s abroad or on the British coast, surfing is a popular holiday pastime for millions of people. As with any form of accidents on holiday, surfing injuries can turn the perfect getaway into a living nightmare.

    What surfing accidents are likely to lead to travel accident compensation claims?

    Given the unpredictable nature of the sea and the many different beach environments in which surfing can be enjoyed, the range of potential accidents and injuries is vast. However, some injuries occur more frequently than others. Here’s a rundown of the most common injuries from surfing accidents:

    • Eye injuries: The mere thought of suffering an injury to the eye is enough to make you wince. Unfortunately, it’s a possibility every surfer faces each and every time they head out to the waves.
    • Dismounts, especially for beginners, are rarely smooth and this lack of control, combined with sharp fin tips, can be a recipe for disaster and a cause of serious injuries on holiday.
    • Head traumas: The most serious consequence of an accident whilst surfing is undoubtedly a severe head injury. Whether it’s from a blow from the board or the rocks following a crash, the aquatic location only serves to make these injuries even more potentially serious.
    • Cuts and lacerations: From sharp fins on the board itself to prickly plants and jagged rocks on the corals beneath the waves, there are numerous potential causes of cut injuries on a surfing holiday. The more serious injuries can be long and deep, as well as putting the victim at risk of infection.
    • Strains: Surfing can put the body, particularly the joints, under an enormous amount of strain. One area which is especially vulnerable to injury is the shoulder. This is because of the amount of paddling involved in the sport.

    What can I do if I am injured on holiday?

    Providing the accident wasn’t your fault, you may be due some holiday accident compensation. Our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can offer invaluable assistance when it comes to assessing the strength of your injury claim. Should you choose to press ahead, they work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and usually settle out of court.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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