If you have a yacht accident which you feel could have been prevented if another party had not acted irresponsibly, you could have grounds for a yacht accident claim. Perhaps you were yachting at an activity centre and feel that you were not given sufficient instruction or that proper safety procedures were not being observed. Similarly, if you are a member of a yachting club, safety for all concerned is reliant on everybody doing their job correctly and efficiently. All of these situations could be grounds for a yacht accident claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Common accidents on board yachts
By far the most common cause of a yacht accident is a slip, trip or fall on a wet or unsteady surface. Objects that are not properly secured may also fall or become loose, causing injury. Food poisoning is another risk, particularly if you are on a yacht that is away from land for some days. Accidents can also occur during the process of mooring, and sailing a small yacht where everyone is expected to be hands on presents its own set of risks and dangers.
Assuming you are not on board your own private yacht then all of the usual health and safety regulations that apply to public places or work places (if you are paid crew) apply on board a yacht. If you are a guest or have paid for a yachting experience, then your host has an obligation to meet certain health and safety standards. This applies to the maintenance and upkeep of the yacht, as well as requirements to act in a responsible manner when at sail. For instance, a yacht captain should not deliberately sail into stormy waters with an inexperienced crew who are not trained to handle such a situation.
Making a claim
If you feel that your yacht accident was the result of your safety not being given proper priority, then you should call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly trained advisors about your case. You could also use the 30-second compensation calculator on our website to find out roughly how much compensation you could be entitled to. Financial compensation is a legal right if you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a third party and our advisors should be able to quickly tell you whether you have grounds for a claim or not.
If you decide to pursue a claim for compensation, we can put you in touch with one of our team of expert lawyers, all of whom work on a strict no win, no fee* basis. This means that they will always use all of their experience and skill to bring your claim case to a satisfactory outcome and to secure the maximum level of compensation that you are entitled to. If you have suffered an accident on a yacht that is not your fault, then we at Accident Advice Helpline believe you should be recompensed to help you through your recovery.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown