While the vast majority of coral species are basically harmless and personal injuries during encounters with varying species are rare at best, as well as typically consisting of minor grazes or cuts, one type of coral, namely fire coral, can deliver quite a nasty sting.
There are currently believed to be at least 48 different species of fire coral. The main reason why scuba divers are advised to wear gloves is because these corals can deliver a painful sting that typically causes some or all of the following symptoms:
- Small welts with red lesions around them
- Pus-filled encystations
- Nausea and vomiting
As a rule, these symptoms will disappear fairly quickly (typically within no more than 24 hours). Anaphylactic shock or allergic reactions could, however, make a fire coral sting far more dangerous and potentially fatal.
- Diving instructors and dive tour operators have a duty to protect customers’ health and safety by:
- Making them aware of potential dangers like fire coral
- Providing adequate training, instructions on safety procedures and well-maintained equipment
- Preventing slips, trips and falls on dive boats; jetties, etc.
Should you be injured by a diving accident; slip, trip or fall because your instructor or tour operator neglected their duty, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline legal professionals (our firm has a nationwide team of highly trained, experienced in-house lawyers) can help you get the travel accident compensation you are entitled to. Contact our firm and get expert legal assistance by calling the freephone number or by visiting the website and filling in the compensation calculator (also referred to as the 30-second test).
What to expect
In the first instance, an advisor will examine your situation and clarify whether or not you are indeed entitled to make a public liability claim for your accident on holiday. A solicitor with years of experience in trip, slip or fall injury claims or diving accident claims similar to yours will then be assigned to your case on a no win no fee** basis.
What your solicitor will do
Dealing with much of the personal injury claim process over the phone, our solicitor can assist you from the initial gathering of evidence to support your claim all the way through to completion. Court attendances can often be avoided, but as every claim differs from the next, this cannot be promised as a certainty.
So give Accident Advice Helpline a call today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice