Boscastle is a place for messing about on the water and in boats. Of course, accidents can happen anywhere, and accidents on board seafaring vessels and those which travel along Britain’s inland waterways occur. Some of the accidents which have been recorded recently aboard fishing vessels were due to unsafe working practices and lack of effective safeguards. The Health and Safety at Work regulations which are overseen by the Health and Safety Executive apply to all workplaces whether on water or dry land. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to accidents and tragic deaths. Fishing is one of the most dangerous industries to work in.
Accidents on boats
Tragically if you go online or read the newspaper you may well come across a recent story about a tragedy or an accident on a boat or ship. Because there are strict regulations governing safety on ships, if there is an accident, then you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for an injury.
Some of the common accidents on a boat are slips, trips and falls, and boats should have anti-slip coating on decks as well as hand rails. All steps should be clearly marked and low doorways should be signalled too. Another problem that commonly occurs on boats is that someone is hit by a falling object which was not properly stowed or secured.
On fishing boats all tackle should be restored to its designated position after use and it should be secured. If visibility is poor on deck, it is easy to fall over an obstacle which should not be on the deck.
Accidents occur mainly because someone has neglected to follow the safety rules. If that happens, then they or their employer are liable for compensation claims for personal injury.
If you get an illness caused by salmonella or e-coli bacteria while on a ferry or cruise ship, then you can also claim personal injury compensation for your illness.
While you have three years to file a personal injury compensation claim on dry land, in some instances you have only two years to claim if your injury was sustained on a boat or ship. You will need to check with an accident solicitor in Boscastle or one elsewhere who specialises in claims from ship or boat accidents for details.
Using an accident solicitor in Boscastle
If you are looking for an accident solicitor in Boscastle or one elsewhere in the UK and can’t find one with the experience and expertise you need, then you could contact Accident Advice Helpline. Try online and look in your telephone directory to find an accident solicitor in Boscastle and is that fails, take a look at our Accident Advice Helpline website. You can read more about us there and then perhaps, if you want to know more about how and if we can help you, you can give us a ring on our freephone number for landlines:0800 689 0500. From your mobile call us on 0333 500 0993. Call us whenever you like – the lines will be open!