Booking a fishing trip can be a great experience, whether you’re going as part of an already-organised trip or booking a boat for you and your friends. There’s nothing like catching your own dinner and then heading home with your catch. Organised fishing trips are usually fairly safe, but like anything it does depend on how seriously the company you book with take health and safety. Failing to put in place basic safety measures could leave you injured and eligible to make a claim for fishing trip injury compensation. It’s worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline once you’re back on dry land, to see if you could make a claim.
Common fishing trip injuries
There are some injuries that we have dealt with fishing trip injury compensation claims for time and time again – and we’re not talking about boats capsized by the Loch Ness Monster. Here are a few examples of common fishing trip injuries:
- Lacerations from being hit by a rod/hook – injuries to the face, hands or even eyes
- Breathing problems/near-drowning experience after the boat capsizes or you’re tipped overboard (possibly a faulty life jacket or ring could contribute)
- Injured by a sail on the boat swinging around and hitting you
- Injured due to stormy weather leading to problems
The fishing trip organiser takes responsibility for the safety of anyone who books a place on the trip, and they are also responsible for deciding whether the trip will go ahead. For example in stormy or poor weather conditions, trips may be cancelled, as this could put the safety of participants at risk. Faulty equipment on board a fishing boat, such as damaged life jackets – or no life jackets at all – could further increase your risk of serious injury.
Making a compensation claim
From slip, trip and fall injuries to falling overboard or being injured by a fishing hook, you could make a claim for compensation if your fishing trip has gone wrong. Coming back to shore with a serious injury rather than the catch of the day isn’t what you signed up for, and if somebody else’s negligence has left you injured, you deserve to be compensated. Our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim with us. Why not pick up the phone and get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, to see if you have a viable fishing trip injury compensation claim?
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton