Scuba diving can be one of the most refreshing and rewarding experiences of your life. Florida will feature some of the most beautiful waters in the world and can be home to some fantastic wildlife.
While accidents can happen while scuba diving, having a lawyer with the experience and knowledge when it comes to these cases can help relieve the stress and anxiety involved. At Pam Olsen Personal Injury, we handle these types of accidents every year and take pride in giving our clients the best representation possible in their case.
Leading Causes of Scuba Diving Accidents in Florida
Snorkeling accidents in Florida will generally be categorized into four different causes — the diver’s health, environmental issues, improper procedure, and faulty equipment. We’ll take a closer look at each of these because they can be broken down into plenty of other causes.
Up first is the diver’s health. Since our bodies need to withstand the pressure increase as we go deeper underwater, any pre-existing injuries or health conditions can lead to complications while scuba diving. People at increased risk are people with high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, dehydration, sickness, obesity, heart disease, and allergies.
The second leading cause will be environmental problems. Before you set out on your adventure, make sure to check the weather and water conditions that you’ll be diving in. The water temperature, currents, waves, depth of your dive, visibility, and air temperature can all impair your ability to scuba dive successfully.
Next up will be an improper procedure. When you are inexperienced and don’t have the proper supervision with you, things can go south real quick. Scuba diving is something that takes practice, skill, and training. Without it, you can run into buoyancy issues, sudden ascents, loss of air, or even run out of breath entirely.
The least common cause of accidents will be from faulty equipment. They are easy to detect and prevent since this equipment is typically checked frequently. Make sure your equipment is properly tested before setting out on an adventure.
How Can I Prevent Scuba Diving Accidents?
Checking your equipment will be one of the first things you’ll want to do, but there’s plenty of other steps you should take before scuba diving. Here are some of the more important ones to consider:
- Ensure you have proper training
- Consult with your doctor to detect any health concerns
- Make sure the conditions are right
- Become a certified scuba diver
If you’re planning a scuba diving adventure in Florida, taking the necessary precautions will ensure you get the opportunity to enjoy your trip!
When Is It Time to File a Claim?
In the event an accident does occur, you’ll need an attorney with experience handling scuba diving cases. They’ll be able to protect your rights and give you the representation you need when going through the legal process.
At Pam Olsen Personal Injury, we’ve helped a wide range of clients find peace with their accident. We understand the different rules, laws, and regulations when it comes to scuba diving accidents and are ready to represent you or your loved one. Contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys.
Ms. Olsen has practiced law since 1992. During her law school education and throughout career she knew, if it is not about people, she is not interested. Everything about people interests Ms. Olsen from the simple details of living to the most profound. She began her law career in a skyscraper in downtown Miami representing corporate interests. Within a VERY short time, Pam knew that side of the things in the world was not for her.