Are you counting down the days until an exotic summer adventure? Are you looking forward to learning to dive or putting your diving skills and experience to good use? If so, here are some tips to help you avoid travel accidents. You may wonder, what’s the worst that could happen whilst scuba diving? The answers may surprise you. Even the most experienced scuba divers can run into trouble.
What’s the worst that could happen whilst scuba diving?
If you’re thinking of learning to dive or you’re exploring holiday destinations, you may be wondering what is the worst that could happen whilst scuba diving. The reality is that many people enjoy incredible diving experiences without any issues at all. However, there is a risk of holiday accidents and travel injuries.
Here are some examples of the worst that could happen whilst scuba diving:
- The bends: also known as decompression sickness, this is one of the biggest fears for divers. Decompression sickness usually occurs when you come up to the surface too quickly. In the worst cases, decompression sickness can be fatal.
- Barotrauma: barotrauma occurs when your body struggles to balance the pressure within the body and the water. It can cause damage to tissue that contains air spaces, such as the sinuses. You may find that you have sinus pain or ruptured eardrums if you suffer barotrauma.
- Arterial embolism: arterial embolism is a very serious, life-threatening condition. It is an example of the worst that could happen whilst scuba diving. An arterial embolism is a blockage which may develop when air bubbles get into a major artery. This blocks blood flow and may result in a heart attack or stroke.
These injuries are examples of the worst that could happen whilst scuba diving. The majority of people are able to enjoy scuba diving without sustaining any injuries. However, it is wise to be aware of the risks of diving injuries before you sign up for classes.
Claiming compensation for accidents abroad
If you’ve been injured abroad or you sustained injuries whilst scuba diving and you believe that you were not at fault, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
If you have proof that you were not at fault for an accident abroad, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We have an experienced team of personal injury lawyers, and we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice