The origins of marine science – or oceanography – dates back to the 19th century, when one of the founders of this scientific field, the American Admiral Matthew F. Maury researched the effect of weather systems on shipping and published the “Physical Geography of the Sea” in 1855.
In Britain, another professional enthusiast was investigating the effects of wind and weather and became instrumental in the creation of weather forecasts for seafaring people everywhere: Admiral Robert Fitzroy commanded The Beagle and was later to enter the history books alongside Charles Darwin. Sailors of today owe much to these early scientific explorations, but we tend to get almost blasé about wind and weather in the light of new technology.
A Global Positioning Sounder System is now part and parcel of the modern mariner’s equipment alongside all sorts of other useful gadgets that enhance a mariner’s navigation skills and are meant to keep them safe from electronic depth sounders. For instance, gadgets that measure wind speed and wind direction changes and steering systems to more basic things like lines and tackle being made from durable polypropylene or nylon rather than rope.
What happens though when you discover the mariner you trusted to keep you safe in an event of electronic failure doesn’t actually have enough traditional navigation skills to get you back to shore?
If you were involved in a boating accident and suffered injuries, you are entitled to claim compensation, provided the accident occurred within the last 3 years and was due to someone’s negligence.
What an accident solicitor in Charnock Richard needs to know:
- Names and contact details of everyone involved in the accident;
- Do you have any photographs of the scene of the accident?
- Witnesses: where there any and if so, do you have their names and contact details?
- The circumstances that led up to the incident, for example, did your skipper drink alcohol or take any type of drugs or medication before you set sail?
- Details of your injuries: your hospital or GP will provide you with documents outlining medical diagnosis and treatment;
- Expenses: did you pay for any private medical treatment, travel to and from hospitals etc.? Your accident solicitor in Charnock Richard can add this to your claim.
- Do you carry insurance or are you a member of a union – membership typically comes with insurance that may pay for all your costs;
- Proof of loss of income – if your injuries forced you to stay off work and you lost money as a result, your accident solicitor in Charnock Richard can include this in your claim.
Making an injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline:
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 or complete a simple 30-second online test which will tell you if you qualify for making a claim.
All their legal partners provide legal services on a no win no fee basis, so you can proceed with your claim without making a payment at the start or during the claims process. Speak to a friendly advisor, lines are available 24/7!