Boating is a lot of fun for people. Unfortunately, sometimes you can be injured while you’re having fun on a boat. Below are some of the types of injuries that people often sustain when they are on a boat and something bad happens.
Lacerations, contusions, operations and amputations
There can be some truly devastating injuries suffered in a boating accident. Whenever someone swims close to the boat’s propeller or driveshaft, they will often suffer very serious injuries to their body and face. Sometimes they will even lose a limb through amputation.
Any time boats repeatedly smack the water, the passengers are thrown violently upward as well as downward. This kind of action can often cause disc hernias and spinal compression. The sensation that is felt is a lot like a lift suddenly stopping. The person’s knees often buckle, while their spinal cord and back absorb the impact’s force.
Skull fractures, broken bones and concussions
The passenger in a boat will have very little control over his body when someone is driving the boat recklessly. Sometimes there’s nothing to hold onto when they’re in an open space. The impact force which throws a passenger against an unforgiving surface or down sometimes will be sufficient enough to lead to skull fractures, broken bones and concussions.
Whiplash doesn’t just happen in cars; it happens in boats, too. When a person’s body and neck are twisted suddenly from side to side, this kind of action can tailor or sprained ligaments as well as tendons.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
This often happens when the boat is idling at its at the dock or in water. Breathing in these fumes for just a few minutes often will result in vomiting, lethargy and nausea. Longer exposure to it can lead to brain damage or even death by suffocation.
Water will greatly increase the conduction of electricity from poorly insulated or exposed wiring, as well as onboard appliances such as televisions, stereo systems and radios. An injury from electrocution can be very mild or can even result in death.
This is one of the most common injuries that people suffer when they have been out on a boat. It happens when the boat driver lets their passengers remain in the sun for extended periods of time.
If you were injured because of a boating accident, and you want to make a claim against the person who was responsible using an injury lawyer in St Helens, give us a call on 0800 689 0500. We can help you to find the right solicitor and they will do everything in their power to get you the money that you deserve.