As with all land-based sports, when you participate in water sports, such as parasailing, jet skiing, or windsurfing, there is an element of risk involved.
While these pursuits may get the adrenaline pumping around your body, it is important to stay savvy on the water to avoid slips, trips and falls, as well as other water sport accidents and injuries.
Common water sports injuries
Water comes hand in hand with slips and falls. No matter what safety equipment and attire you invest in, this type of accident will always remain a risk.
Slips and falls while participating in water sports can lead to harsh collisions with the water surface. Depending on the level of force with which you hit the water, these slips and falls can lead to fractures and concussion.
The head and upper body are the most common areas of injury from water sport related slips and falls, meaning that a particularly bad accident could unfortunately lead to fatality from instant impact or drowning.
Many water sport injuries include sprains and strains to the ankle and lower limbs, as this area of the body is used to control equipment such as surfboards or skis. A simple twist or slip can cause injury.
Common injuries include:
- Sprains and strains to lower limbs, ankle and feet
- Body lacerations, commonly to the head and neck
Who is to blame for your water sports accident?
When you choose to participate in water sports of any kind, whether in the UK or abroad, it is vital that you undergo sufficient instruction before taking to the waters. Depending on the sport in question, this could be in the form of a brief induction or a series of coaching sessions with a qualified instructor.
No matter how your injury was sustained – from a slip, fall or other accident – if it occurred because of insufficient instruction, the water sports company are likely to be liable for the harm you have suffered.
Accident Advice Helpline
When any company fails to meet their legal obligation to ensure your health and safety, it is important to speak with a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, who will help you determine whether you have an eligible case to claim personal injury compensation.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation regarding your sport-related accident. There’s no pressure to continue with your claim following the call, but if you do decide to go ahead, Accident Advice Helpline will fight your corner on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice