Should you file a white water rafting accident claim? Although there is no simple answer to that question, if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a white water rafting accident, you may want to consider a personal injury claim, especially if that injury was sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence.
White water rafting safety
Every now and then, we all need a little excitement, maybe something a little more extreme than doing a swan dive into the swimming pool. That’s where white water rafting comes in. It’s wet, it’s wild, and it’s thrilling. It also has the potential to be extremely dangerous when the proper safety precautions are not taken. When safety does not come first, people can be hurt or even killed when engaging in white water rafting.
When you go white water rafting, you are torpedoing down a river in an inflatable vessel that whips around boulders and through rushing rapids. You’re also propelling and manoeuvring the raft, along with the help of other rafters, by paddling the whole way. On every trip, there should be an expert instructor and guide, who usually takes on the brunt of the work and is responsible for educating all rafters in safety regulations.
Getting hurt while white water rafting
If you follow the proper safety guidelines, you will likely be fine. It may be interesting to note that the most frequent ‘injury’ out on the river is actually sunburn, so don’t forget to smear on the sunscreen before hitting the rapids. People can slip, trip or fall while getting into or out of the raft; this usually results in minor injuries such as bumps and bruises, though more serious injuries such as fractures have been known to occur.
Other serious accidents involve being hit on the head with another rafter’s paddle, or falling out of the raft. Falling out of the raft is often seen as a rite of passage for many white water rafters, but it can also lead to serious injury. The river’s rapids are typically quite strong, and if you are caught up, drowning is a possibility. To reduce the risk of injury from a paddle, or even hitting your head on a boulder if you fall out of the raft, wear a helmet. Remember always to keep your life jacket securely on your person.
Deciding to file a white water rafting accident claim
If you have been injured during a white water rafting experience, you might want to consider filing a personal injury claim. If your injuries were caused by something someone else did or failed to do, then you may be legally eligible for monetary compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and lost work.
Deciding whether to file a white water rafting accident claim can be a challenging decision, especially if you are not sure that you actually have a case. If you need some expert advice, please do not hesitate to call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – which is accessible 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Date Published: August 24, 2014
Author: David Brown