Ocala Scuba Accident Lawyer

Scuba divers enter water from boat via giant stride entry.,Diving into the water.

Scuba diving, especially in the beautiful weather and clear waters around Ocala, can be wonderful fun. 

However, it’s also dangerous. If you’ve been injured and need an Ocala scuba accident lawyer, you need Pam Olsen on your side. Pam has 30 years of experience helping people legally pursue and receive financial compensation when injured by the negligence of someone else.

Call her at (352) 671-9777. Or if you prefer, complete this simple contact form and she will be in touch right away.

Causes of Scuba Accidents

Scuba diving accidents are common and can lead to severe injuries, medical conditions and even death. Every year upwards of 100 people are killed and thousands more are injured while diving.

They happen because of one of these reasons:

  • Health of the diver
  • Environmental issues
  • Improper procedure
  • Faulty equipment

We’ll take a closer look at each of these.

Health of the Diver

Our bodies need to withstand additional pressure increase as we go deeper underwater. So, any pre-existing injuries or health conditions can lead to complications while scuba diving. Higher risk while scuba diving comes to people with:

  • High blood pressure
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Dehydration
  • General sickness
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Allergies

Environmental Issues

Before you scuba dive, check the weather and condition of the water that you’ll be diving in. The following can all impair your ability to safely scuba dive:

  • Water temperature
  • Water currents
  • Wave severity
  • Depth of your dive
  • Visibility
  • Air temperature

Improper Procedure

When you are inexperienced and don’t have the proper supervision, things can quickly go south. Scuba diving well 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.

Faulty Equipment

This is the least common cause of scuba injury because most experienced divers check their equipment before each outing. It’s good practice to ask if the equipment was properly tested before you dive.

Types of Scuba Injuries

Diving injuries can be extremely serious and include:

  • Bends (usually affects the hips and knees)
  • Barotrauma (several types)
    • Dental (causes tooth fractures and other tooth pain)
    • Sinus cavity hemorrhaging
    • Gas embolization
  • Brain injuries
  • Decompression sickness
  • Nitrogen narcosis 
  • Oxygen toxicity

Causes of Scuba Injuries

Here are some of the most common reasons scuba diving injuries happen:

  • Equipment failure
  • Negligent training
  • Boat drive-offs
  • Overwhelm by sea conditions
  • Out-of-air emergencies
  • Inadequate medical screening
  • Rapid ascents
  • Unfamiliarity with the environment and/or equipment

Contact Pam Olsen

If you or a loved one were injured in a scuba accident, call Attorney Olsen at (352) 671-9777. Or if you prefer, you can complete this simple contact form and she will be in touch right away.

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