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WATER SPORTS ACCIDENTS 

 
Being in the sea, river, lakes, and canals is a great way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. But, whilst water sports can be fun, they are often risky activities.
 
If you have been injured due to an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Talk to us about water sports accident claims.
 
Perhaps you were a customer enjoying a day trip or, you are employed by a water sports company. If your injuries were caused by failings in health and safety or negligence. then you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Except for children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident occurred. You should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your case.
 

CONTACT THE CLAIMS EXPERTS

 
Jefferies Solicitors have over 25 years of experience in dealing with compensation claims. If you have suffered an injury because of an accident that wasn’t your fault, our lawyers may be able to help you. We will guide you every step of the way and help you win the compensation you are entitled to.
 
If you have been in an accident contact us on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch online.
 

WATER SPORTS ACCIDENTS

In 2020 there were 242 recorded deaths in the UK caused by accidents involving water. This includes activities such as swimming, boating, windsurfing, and rescuing animals.
 
 
Nonfatal water accidents can still have serious and lifelong consequences on the victim.
 
Water sports accidents are potentially very hazardous environments.

Types of Water Sports

  • Jet skiing
  • Canoeing
  • Scuba diving
  • Rowing
  • Boating
  • Windsurfing
  • Parasailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Kitesurfing
 
These are all some of the types of water sports where accidents could occur.
 
Leisure companies and tour operators organising excursions involving boats and water sports are legally obliged to ensure the safety of participants.
If they fail to follow health and safety procedures and this causes an accident, they could be held liable for any injuries sustained and have to pay compensation.
 
Accidents often happen due to negligence such as:
 
  • A lack of signage
  • Inadequate training in using equipment
  • Faulty or poorly maintained equipment
  • Operators not providing proper protective equipment- such as life jackets
  • Lack of supervision
  • Negligence of other participants
  • Collisions
 
At Jefferies, our personal injury solicitors can help you claim compensation if you have suffered an injury during water sports.
 
We offer every client a no win, no fee service to make your claim.
 
If you have legitimate grounds to make a water sports accident claim, we can give you an estimate of how much your injuries could be worth.
 
 

TYPES OF INJURIES

 
Some of the common injuries that occur during water sports include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Sprains and strains
 
Call our experts today for a no-obligation discussion to find out if you have a potential water sports accident claim.

WHAT TO DO AFTER A WATER SPORTS ACCIDENT?

  • Report the incident to the activity centre, or your tour guide so they can make an official record of it in their accident book. Check the accident book and how the accident is recorded before you sign a copy.
  • Obtain details of any members of staff to who you reported the accident/incident to.
  • Take photos of what has happened, the scene, and any faulty equipment
  • Get the details of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Evidence of a loss of earnings if your injury has resulted in you needing time off work. Documents related to other financial expenditures connected to your injuries may be required. This could include travel receipts to and from medical appointments.
  • Details of relevant insurance policies you have.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible/first aid. 

HOW DOES THE CLAIMS PROCESS WORK?

 
Once we have carried out an initial consultation, we will take care of the paperwork required to get your case underway.
 
A letter will be sent to you following an initial consultation with your solicitor. This will be a summary of the discussion you had and will confirm that they are happy to take on your case. It will highlight who will be your contact and estimate how long the process will take. The letter will also detail how you will be funding the case and an estimate of costs. If you need to provide any further information this will also be included.
 
A letter will then be sent to the defendant, providing details of the accident. The defendant has a fixed period in which they can reply and, in their reply, they must state whether they are denying or accepting liability for your injuries. If they do accept liability, your solicitor will endeavour to settle the case out of court.
 

AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION IN WATER SPORTS ACCIDENTS

As all personal injury cases are unique, the amount of compensation awarded in each case is unique. The amount awarded is determined by looking at general and special damages.

GENERAL DAMAGES

The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.
 
Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.
 

SPECIAL DAMAGES

Compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. So, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.
 

WATER SPORTS ACCIDENTS, START YOUR CLAIM TODAY

Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible.
 
To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Or, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team.