Scuba diving is growing in popularity as a recreational sport, but that doesn’t mean it is without its risks. It’s important to choose a reputable diving school and instructor when learning to scuba dive, as there are a number of things which could go wrong during a dive, leading to serious injury or even death. However, if you have been injured due to a negligent dive school or instructor, you could find yourself eligible to claim scuba diving injury compensation, and there are no upfront fees to worry about with Accident Advice Helpline. Our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis and have years of experience.
What could go wrong during a dive?
There are any number of things that could go wrong during a diving session, which is why it’s vital that your instructor takes safety seriously. Here are a few examples of situations we have handled scuba diving injury compensation claims for:
- Equipment failures – such as a tank failing – leading to injuries or a fatality
- Decompression sickness (the bends), which can be caused if you ascend too quickly or spend too long at the bottom – this can cause seizures, paralysis, pain and other symptoms, and could be fatal
- Arterial gas embolism – usually caused by ascending too quickly, the lungs over-expand, alveoli are torn and air is released into the pulmonary capillaries. If this air reaches the brain it can lead to stroke-like symptoms, causing serious illness or death
- ‘Squeeze’ injuries caused by pressure leading to soft tissue damage to the ears, teeth, sinuses etc.
- Fractures from hitting an object or something falling on you underwater – for example at a wreck dive site
If you’ve suffered either minor or life-threatening injuries after a negligent driving school has failed to keep you safe, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim personal injury compensation, provided it’s been three years or less since your accident.
Will I have to go to court?
It depends. Most personal injury claims can be processed in full over the phone, so whilst it’s unlikely you’ll need to go to court, you may have to attend if your claim is complex or your injuries severe (and the diving school denies liability). But Accident Advice Helpline’s professional lawyers are here to support you throughout the claims process, and you can get confidential, no-obligation advice from our advisors by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton