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How Dangerous Is Scuba Diving? And What Can You Do If You're Hurt?

July 25, 2016

How Safe Is Scuba Diving And What Can You Do If You're Hurt

Even though scuba diving is exciting and gives you a great way to see the world from a different perspective, it is a high-risk hobby. Earlier this month, Pensacola beachgoers were reminded of that risk when they found the body of Gary Martin Wise on the shoreline near the Park East area. 

Wise had been scuba diving alone and had already passed away by the time witnesses could try to revive him. The cause of his death is unknown, and currently being investigated.

How Dangerous Is Scuba Diving? 

According to a report from the Divers Alert Network (DAN) in 2011, the rate of death for insured DAN members was preventable and definitely prove that there are risks that come with scuba diving.

And there are more risks involved with scuba diving beyond death. Rapid ascent, contact with marine life, or medical conditions can cause injury underwater, including:

There are also risks involved when interacting with any type of animal life. Scuba diving injuries also include things such as scrapes, cuts, or bites from various marine life.

Common Causes of Scuba Diving Accidents

Common Causes of Scuba Diving Accidents in Florida

There are 3 common causes of scuba diving accidents or death:

Ways to Prevent Injury

If You Have Been Injured in a Scuba Diving Accident

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or damages due to a scuba diving incident, it is important to investigate the injury immediately. There are many factors that can lead to an injury, and knowing the facts will help you file the proper claims and get the compensation you need and deserve.

In the event that faulty equipment or poor training is the cause of your injury, lawsuits can be filed against the appropriate parties (scuba diver training courses, equipment manufacturers, diver companies, etc.).

For example, one of the top causes of scuba diving injury is pre-existing conditions. If you obtained your certification without a proper health assessment, you may not be aware of how high blood pressure or other health conditions can affect your diving abilities. Because of this, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that certified you for letting you get certified despite your condition.

Talk to a personal injury lawyer today to determine if you should file a lawsuit and ask for compensation after a diving injury.

About the Author:

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2016 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases. He is a longstanding member of the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Justice Association.