Diving is a potentially dangerous endeavor given that it involves water and given that the equipment used in diving can become defective. However, those who work with scuba diving companies still have a reasonable expectation for these companies to do everything they can to keep divers safe. If you are injured during a scuba diving trip, you may have a personal injury case.
Diving Can Be Deadly
One of the most common problems that arise when diving is "the bends." This is officially called decompression sickness and results from a diver returning to the surface too quickly. This can lead to nitrogen bubbles forming in the blood. In some cases, this can lead to paralysis or death. However, most divers will only experience aching of the joints.
Scuba Companies are Expected to Follow Regulations
There are standard policies that scuba diving companies are expected to follow. They also are expected to follow rules and regulations set by the U.S. Coast Guard. However, some companies fail to follow these regulations and place divers at risk.
A scuba diving company is responsible for supervising divers, especially those who are diving for the first time. Scuba diving companies are also expected to provide adequate training on how to use the equipment. For example, barotrauma can lead to damage to the ear and is a result of the diver not equalizing properly. Scuba diving companies are also responsible for screening divers to ensure that they are medically fit for diving. A large percentage of deaths resulting from diving is due to failing to take this precaution.
The scuba diving equipment will only keep a diver safe if it is kept in good condition. Based on how the accident occurs, you may be able to trace the accident back to a defective piece of equipment.
Courts Favor the Diver in Scuba Diving Accidents
One of the advantages of seeking compensation from a scuba diving company is that they are responsible for keeping divers safe and the courts presume that the company is negligent unless they can prove that the accident was not the result of a failure to follow regulations or procedures.
For example, divers should not dive too deeply. Doing so can lead to the body absorbing oxygen too quickly and this can lead to oxygen toxicity. Some divers suffer from a loss of consciousness and seizures. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you'll be able to gather the evidence necessary to make a strong case for compensation for your injuries.
For more information, reach out to a personal injury lawyer in your area.