Swimming underwater can be an amazing experience, but there are risks involved with diving and snorkeling. A diver master’s or other party’s negligence can result in catastrophic injuries or even death.
Injuries caused by scuba or freediving commonly include:
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a diving accident, contact Mase Seitz Briggs for a free consultation. Our Miami scuba diving accident lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of injury victims and their families throughout South Florida. Call (844) 627-3529 to get the dedicated representation you deserve.
In a diving injury claim, any of the following parties might be liable for damages:
Even if you signed a liability waiver, you may be able to pursue compensation for your diving injuries. Florida law requires that to be valid, a waiver must be clear, unambiguous, and unequivocal. Additionally, the release must clearly and specifically state what is being waived. There are also exceptions regarding minors and intentional wrongdoing. A waiver that fails to meet legal standards established by Florida or Federal courts will be considered invalid and unenforceable.
If you signed a liability waiver and were injured in a diving accident, you should still contact an experienced attorney. A diving accident lawyer can review the waiver to determine whether it meets the legal requirements and is enforceable under Florida and federal maritime law.
Most diving accidents can be prevented if the diving company exercises reasonable safety precautions. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. When a dive accident results from another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, they must be held accountable.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, there may be one or more parties that can be legally liable for your accident and injuries. You should have your claim reviewed by a scuba diving accident lawyer as soon as possible to determine your legal options.
These are the most common reasons that diving accidents occur:
Defective scuba equipment can cause serious injury or even death to a diver. In any diving accident, it is crucial to investigate the dive equipment used on the excursion to determine whether it was properly maintained, had a dangerous design, or was defective.
Each year, federal regulators and manufacturers issue recalls. If you were injured because of defective or dangerous equipment, contact our office to speak to a diving accident lawyer.
Commonly recalled scuba equipment includes:
When scuba equipment fails or is improperly maintained, it can cause life-threatening injuries or death. In many cases, such as the ones described below, defective equipment can pose a drowning hazard.
AGA Swivels for Scuba Diving Masks - The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of all SW-3000 2nd Stage 360-degree swivels manufactured between January 2004 and February 2005 after finding that the swivel could separate while diving. The separation could result in a sudden loss of air supply resulting in decompression sickness due to rapid ascent or drowning.
AquaLung Surelock II Weight Pockets (with rubber handles) - Rubber handles attached to AquaLung Buoyancy compensator vests could detach when divers attempted to remove weight pockets. The rubber handle detachment posed a drowning risk. In addition to this recall, AquaLung issued recalls on certain powerline inflators, regulators, and more.
While there are inherent dangers involved with all types of diving, these safety tips should ensure you are doing everything possible to have a fun and safe dive:
If you have been injured or someone you love has died in a scuba diving accident, you might be entitled to compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Our attorneys are skilled trial lawyers that know what it takes to win. Contact our office to get started.