Banana boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding, surfing, parasailing – what do all these things have in common? Well, they’re all types of water sports that you could take part in. As with any sports, water sports carry with them a risk, and if you sign up to do the activity, you’re agreeing to a certain level of risk. However, sometimes things can and do go wrong and the operator or organiser of the water sports activity could be to blame if you are injured in an accident. Water sports accident claims don’t have to be stressful – in fact, Accident Advice Helpline aims to make the claims process as stress-free as possible. So if you’re wondering how you could become involved in a water sports accident or the types of injuries you could sustain in a water sports accident, keep reading.
Is negligence ever to blame, since these can be dangerous sports anyway?
Just because a sport is potentially dangerous, it doesn’t mean we should accept all the injuries that stem from taking part in that sport as inevitable. Safety features in virtually every sport, and we all understand that while risks do exist, they can be made far smaller and less dangerous than they could otherwise be. We know accidents can happen, but it is also important to recognise water sports accident claims can only occur if negligence was the cause of those accidents.
Some sporting venues might offer training to take part in water sports. Someone experienced should be involved who can make sure the situation is safe and that you are not at risk of injury. They will tell you what you must do to minimise the risk, such as wearing a life jacket, for example.
But even if training isn’t relevant, the equipment used should be safe and fit for purpose. If it is not, it means there is a risk of injury, and if you were injured, the lack of health and safety in the situation could lead to water sports accident claims being made.
What caused your accident?
Accidents are usually the result of negligence, so if you have been injured and you’re wondering who is liable for a water sports accident, the answer could be the operator. For example, perhaps you have sustained broken bones after a faulty jet ski failed to stop properly and you were flung off. Or maybe you have suffered a head injury after a banana boat ride went wrong. It is easy to assume being in the water means you will have a soft landing, but that is not necessarily the case. If a boat is nearby and you get thrown into its path, you could be struck by it. If negligence caused this, the instructor or operator of the water sports business could well be held liable.
Seeking treatment for injuries sustained from a water sports accident is obviously your main priority after an accident, but once you are on the road to recovery, you may find yourself considering claiming for a water sports accident and that’s where Accident Advice Helpline could help you.
Why is treatment vital?
The most obvious answer is that it can be lifesaving in some instances. In other cases, it could mean an injury is treated before it has the chance to become permanent, or cause you extensive problems. For example, a broken bone must be reset quickly, and deep cuts should be cleaned and stitched quickly to achieve the best outcome.
But treatment is important in another way too, and this is directly relevant to making water sports accident claims. If you can say you went to hospital, or you went to see your GP, they will have a record of your attendance, of your symptoms, and of what treatment you were given. This will form a crucial part of your claim, so if you do have such evidence, it is far easier to move ahead with a claim if negligence was in fact the reason for your accident.
How much does it cost to make water sports accident claims?
The operator of the activity could be held liable if faulty equipment or their negligence has led to your accident, however you’ve been injured. But there’s no need to stress about the cost of making a water sports accident claim. Although some personal injury lawyers charge upfront fees, Accident Advice Helpline’s professional solicitors specialise in personal injury law and work on a no win no fee basis. This makes claiming affordable no matter what your circumstances, and even if you have sustained minor injuries like a concussion (provided you sought medical attention), you could be eligible to claim.
Accident Advice Helpline knows what should be done, and which questions should be asked, when someone wants to know whether a personal injury claim could be a possibility for them. If you are thinking like this now, make sure you call our team. You could also try the online test available now, which only takes a few moments to complete. You have a chance to get the answers you have been concerned about, and you’ll have them in moments. Make sure you don’t miss out.
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