If you are hurt in an accident on board a yacht then you may find yourself needing yacht injury advice. Accidents and injuries while at sea can be harder to treat effectively and immediately due to the situation, particularly if miles from land. Nevertheless, health and safety regulations require any yacht to have a certain amount of first aid equipment on board that can be used to treat the most common injuries. If this is not the case, then this could constitute negligence under certain circumstances and could lead to grounds for a compensation claim with a specialist law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. Of course, if your accident was caused by negligence, this would be even stronger grounds for a claim.
Common yachting injuries
Sprains, cuts, bruises and broken bones as a result of slipping or falling on board a yacht are the most common types of injury reported. These could be caused by the deck not being properly cleaned or maintained. Injuries can also be caused by loose objects that have not been properly secured, or accidents while mooring. Again, if these incidents can be attributed to someone not doing their job properly, then you could have grounds for a compensation claim. If you are a guest, passenger or crew on a yacht then you have a right to expect a certain level of health and safety to be met. For instance, a correct number of working life jackets should always be to hand and everyone should be made aware of exactly what to do in the event of a major incident.
What to do in the event of an accident
Always report your accident to a member of crew or your supervisor as soon as possible, no matter how minor. This may be a vital factor in any compensation claim, as well as being crucial in getting medical treatment. It may be that you have been injured more seriously than you realise, so if possible always get your injury looked at by someone with at least basic first aid training, and follow up with a visit to a doctor when you come ashore. If you think that your injury could have been prevented, then make a note of any witnesses who observed your accident. If they are prepared to make statements asserting that a third party was responsible then you should retain their contact details. Taking photographs of the scene may also be useful at this stage.
Deciding to make a claim
If you think you may have grounds for a compensation claim, then Accident Advice Helpline will be happy to advise you. Simply call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly trained advisers, or visit our website to use the 30-second compensation calculator. If it seems that you do have grounds for a claim, then 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. Remember, the decision is always yours, but if you are legally entitled to compensation for your yacht injury then we will do our very best to make sure you receive it.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown