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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Water sports accidents: Surfing


    Surfing is an extremely enjoyable sport. The beautiful sands, clear blue waters, and the thrill of riding a wave, make for an unforgettable experience. Some people travel abroad specifically to surf and nothing else, but it is a major cause of accidents on holiday.

    It is important to be safe when surfing. Here are some of Accident Advice Helpline’s top tips to stay safe when surfing:

    • Follow all local laws at the beach you visit. Different beaches maintain different sets of laws regarding surfing zones and surfing near jetties etc. Always check with a lifeguard.
    • Wear a leash. On many beaches, the law requires you to wear a leash, but a leash is a great way of keeping your board close to you and prevents it from causing an accident to others.
    • Always aid a fellow surfer if they get into trouble in the water.  In the event that you are unable to help, contact a lifeguard immediately.
    • Never surf in conditions above your ability. If you are a beginner, avoid surfing in crowded areas whilst you are learning.
    • Always be aware of where other surfers are. It can help you to determine whether or it is not safe to paddle into a wave.

    Been injured as the result of surfing. Can you claim compensation?

    If you’ve suffered an accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation. It doesn’t matter if the accident happened while at home or abroad, you may still be able to claim for travel accident compensation.  Contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more. At Accident Advice Helpline we have over 16 years’ experience in providing compensation advice and with an extensive in-house legal team, you can be guaranteed of a friendly and professional service that will always put your needs first.

    Our lawyers are among the best in the industry and they specialise in all areas of personal injury law. Contact one of our friendly advisers today, for answers to all your questions and as much free claims advice as you need to decide if you want to make a claim. You can call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you are using a landline or on 0333 500 0993 if you are calling from a mobileor alternatively you can go online to Accident Advice Helpline and take our 30-second test to find out whether or not you may qualify for compensation, and to get an estimate of how much you might be awarded.

    Date Published: December 12, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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