Travelling by sea isn’t everyone’s preference but for transporting cargo or shipping hazardous waste, it’s often the only way to do it. The ocean is famous for having temperamental weather conditions and sailors need to be able to recognise the signs of shifting winds and an approaching storm as the consequences of getting caught in a storm out at sea can prove to be fatal for smaller ships.
Accident Advice Helpline understands the need for caution when it comes to travelling out at sea and we look to help safeguard people from harm where possible. Human error is inevitable but negligence and carelessness can be avoided and in these instances, we aim to help people claim compensation for personal injuries where others caused them harm. If you’ve been injured in the last three years and it was someone else’s fault, you are likely eligible to claim for compensation.
Travelling at sea when there are high winds is dangerous because it means there will be bigger waves and this affects the handling of ships and yachts. For smaller ships, big waves pose a huge threat and can result in death or damage the ship considerably
Injuries you can suffer travelling in high winds on the sea
You can suffer a range of injuries when travelling in high winds on the sea. If you have suffered an injury which was not your fault, call us now. Different types of injuries include:
- Head injuries. Being knocked over or slipping on a wet surface can result in serious head trauma which, out at sea, is very risky as the necessary medical attention isn’t always immediately available. Concussions to important personnel on ship can cause problems for the way a ship is run.
- Again, if someone is knocked over or slips, cuts and lacerations are likely results.
- Spinal cord damage. In the event of stormy weather, crew members might suffer serious injuries like spinal cord damage which is irreversible and has life-changing consequences.
- Dislocated joints. If you fall over, you could dislocate a shoulder or knee. You can suffer potential ligament damage as a consequence.
How to claim if you suffer an injury on board a ship
If someone knocks you over on a ship with no regard for your safety, you may well have cause to claim for compensation. Call us on our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss your claim. Despite common misconceptions, you most likely won’t need to go to court to claim compensation as most claims can be processed over the phone. You can also take a 30-second test on our website.