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Water Skiing Negligence – Failure to Provide a Life Jacket


Water skiing is an exciting sport, and many people participate in it on vacations or when they have the time in water-based resorts. The main equipment used in water skiing is water skis, which are made of a sturdy material fiberglass and look like downhill or cross-country skis. Water skis have a small fin on the bottom of the board, and they are made to be durable to take the weight of the skier in the water. The water skis also have bindings for physical support when a person in on the water ski, and the water skier should always wear a life jacket or flotation device when participating in water skiing sporting events.

How Do People Get Injured Water Skiing?

A person can easily become injured while water skiing. This will be compounded by the fact that if you are water skiing and are not provided a life jacket, you can also risk drowning during the act of water skiing. There is a tow rope that has one handle, and the rope is around 75 feet long. The rope is made of a polyethylene material that can float in the water. A person water skis by holding on to a tow rope, that is pulled by someone in a small boat that rides ahead of the water skier pulling the person along the water. The tow boat for a water skier should be around 15 feet long at least, and should be able to maintain an average boating speed of 15-20 mph to tow the water skier behind the watercraft. Any tow boat should also carry first aid equipment, paddles, a spare tow line, spare life buoys and life jackets and any other equipment that it may need to be safe on the waterways. In the alternative, a water skier can use a cable for cable water skiing. In this case there is no boat, but the water skier is able to water ski by holding onto an overhead cable which can rotate across the water to propel the skier.

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Why Is a Life Jacket Essential for Water Skiing?

A life jacket is essential for a water skier to use, because the action of water skiing can be a dangerous sport. A water skier rides on the top of the water, can hit jumps, and needs to be able to balance safely on the water when being towed by a watercraft. Water skiers can also hit jumps from ramps that are placed in the water. This is usually for more advanced water skiers, but often people who are just learning how to water ski will try to advance on a ramp as well.

Water Skiing Is Great Fun, Until It Is Not and Someone Is Seriously Injured

If you are water skiing, you are at a great risk of being injured at all levels of engaging in this sport. People who are water skiing at a resort or lake area hotel and who are not given a life jacket, risk drowning when injured during participating in water skiing. There are several times that you can be injured during water skiing, such as when:

  • Leaving the dock to start water skiing
  • Returning to the dock after water skiing
  • Hitting a ramp wrong while water skiing
  • Hitting a rogue wave and falling off of the water skis
  • Being pulled too fast by the boat
  • Malfunctioning by the boat and being towed too slowly to maintain proper speeds to water ski
  • Hitting buoys and other static objects in the water by accident while water skiing

At any time you are injured while water skiing, if you are not wearing a life jacket, you can run a high risk of drowning. The water skis will generally not keep you above the water, and after an injury you can sustain a concussion, hit your head, or hurt your back and spine, which will prevent you from being able to swim to shore, to the boat or to safety without a life preserver or life jacket on your body already.

Call us today if you have been personally injured in a water skiing accident where you were not provided with a life jacket. If you are still under the doctor’s care for your personal injuries, that is fine, we can still talk to you today. You can call us now for access to a team of lawyers with experience in managing and winning personal injury claims for water skiing accidents and getting reimbursement from the negligent wrongdoing parties responsible for your losses.

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Call us now for access to our legal team of attorneys who specialize in winning personal injury cases related to water skiing negligence claims. You can discuss your case with a lawyer with a specialty in personal injuries, and who is in Los Angeles and easily accessible to you.

Can I Sue for Negligence Related to Going Water Skiing and Experiencing Personal Injuries from a Failure to Provide a Life Jacket

Yes, we can sue the negligent wrongdoers when you are injured from water skiing, and you were not provided a life jacket. You can call our Los Angeles case lawyers, to review and discuss your personal injury claim today. We can file a lawsuit on your behalf, and review your claim with you with our case attorneys in Los Angeles at the DTLA Law Group at 855.339.8879.

Average Case Value of a Claim for Water Skiing Negligence and Failure to Provide a Life Jacket

The average case value of your claim for water skiing negligence for failure to provide a life jacket will depend on the total value of your expenses and losses related to your claim. The claim may settle within the range of $20,000 to $200,000, and you can and should make the claim even if you are still under the doctor’s care for your injuries.

How Long Does It Take to Settle and to Get Paid on These Cases?

Your claim of water skiing negligence for failure to provide a life jacket can take around 3-5 months to settle the case. We will add in any losses, expenses, pain and suffering, and any damages that you have related to your case. All that you need to do is to call our legal team today, to review your case for free.

Statute Of Limitations – How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations in California for personal injury lawsuit filing is two years.

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