Few people take a trip on a ferry expecting to have an accident on board, but these may occur and you may find yourself requiring some ferry injury advice. A ferry often enters notoriously difficult and choppy waters, and while a ferry company should make every effort to ensure that you are safe and protected whilst in their care, this may not always be the case and you may find you have suffered an injury because they have been in some way negligent.
The deck areas of a ferry, which are naturally open to the elements, may be deemed one of the most dangerous places on board. These areas can easily become wet from the spray coming over the sides of the ferry, and may become slippery underfoot, causing you to lose your footing and fall over. A sprained or twisted ankle or wrist may result and these should be covered with ice or some other cold substance to minimise swelling around the joint. They should then be bound in a bandage to give the joint extra support.
A fall could also result in head injuries, which should always, without exception, be checked out by the on-board medical doctor. Alternatively, you may have contracted food poisoning, which is not only inconvenient and discomforting at the time, but may have knock-on effects on your digestive system in the future, possibly leading to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, amongst other conditions.
What should I do if I have an accident?
All accidents and injuries should be reported immediately and be seen to be recorded in the ferry’s Accident Book. If your accident was public, it would be a good idea to not only seek medical assistance, but also to try and get the details of any witnesses to the event, as these may help to support any injury claim you decide to make.
If you are unsure whether the injury you have sustained was caused by negligence on the part of the ferry operator, then call the highly reputable Accident Advice Helpline. They have a convenient 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500, which is entirely free of charge, and where you can talk to expert lawyers who are specialists in the field of personal injury claims. They can advise you on your injury and help you decide whether you have a reasonable case for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has been operating since 2000, and they have helped many thousands of people receive compensation when they have been injured by an accident that was not their fault. The compensation can be invaluable in helping to cover the cost of medical treatment, the travelling to and from treatment centres, nursing care or home help, even babysitting charges if you are unable to look after your children. Perhaps most importantly, the compensation can help cover the loss of earnings.
They work on a no win, no fee* basis, and will always try to get as much compensation as possible for you. They will not ask about your financial situation, as there is no cost to beginning a personal injury claim.
Date Published: July 25, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Boat accident claims