For a scuba diver, there is nothing better than spending the day underwater enjoying the world just off the coast of California, especially the Catalina area. However, you need to get expert healthcare immediately when your diving is cut short due to a Catalina diving accident or a California diving injury. Then it is time to seek the expert services of a California diving accident attorney. The personal injury attorneys at DTLA Law Group have decades of combined experience pursuing the full compensation their clients deserve after a Catalina diving injury or any California diving accident that resulted in an injury.
In most cases, diving is a very safe activity, with less than five fatalities per 100,000 divers in the United States. That number pales compared to base jumping, with a massive 43 deaths per 100,000. And when compared to simply swimming in a pool, lake, or ocean, which results in nearly two deaths per 100,000, scuba is a pretty safe activity with the proper training. However, things can go wrong on a dive. And in all too many cases, the injury is the result of someone other than the diver’s negligence. As a rule, divers have a keen understanding of the inherent risks involved in diving. And they know that with training, attention to detail, and constant gear checks and inspections, they can mitigate a significant percentage of the risk. But what cannot always be overcome is the negligence of someone working in a Catalina dive shop or on a California dive charter boat who might be the cause of your Catalina dive accident injury.
The California dive accident injury attorneys at DTLA Law Group are here to help you understand the legalities of any diving injury in Catalina or the rest of California’s shores and how they apply to you. Please get in touch with our office at your earliest convenience to learn more about how our expertise in the area of dive accident injuries can help secure the compensation you deserve. We offer a free consultation and never charge any upfront fees for our expert legal services.
The Potential Hazards Of Diving
According to Divers Alert Network, or DAN, the most well-known and respected dive organization related to safety, around 1% of the population of the United States are certified recreational divers. While that sounds like a small amount, keep in mind that the number is well over two million. So there are many dive sites, shops, and operations in the Catalina area and up and down the coast of California. And all members of the dive community understand the inherent risks associated with scuba diving and how to control and reduce their occurrences. But there are occasions when the worse occurs. Some of the most common diving accidents include:
- Barotrauma is any injury to the soft tissue due to pressure changes. The most common are ear and sinus damage from failing to equalize during a dive.
- Pulmonary injuries occur when a diver holds their breath while ascending. The air in their lungs expands as the atmospheric pressure decreases. The result is over-expansion of the lungs and damage to lung tissue, as well as damage to blood vessels and other areas with oxygenated blood.
- Decompression sickness, or the bends as it is more commonly known, is the result of surfacing too rapidly. The air bubbles from off-gassing are trapped in the body’s tissue and can enter the heart and brain to become fatal.
These are all examples of severe injuries that can occur when scuba diving. However, more common injuries such as cuts, broken bones, and puncture wounds can become equally as serious if not treated by a medical professional immediately. To the untrained person, many diving accidents could appear to be a misfortune or the result of a poor choice by the diver. However, well-trained divers know that many of the most severe dive accidents and injuries result from another person or entity’s negligence. The team of expert diving accident attorneys at DTLA Law Group will help you sort through all the details of your Catalina dive accident and injuries to determine who could be responsible. Then the team will provide guidance on how to move forward with a lawsuit to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Who Could Be At Fault For Your California Diving Injury?
In some cases, the list of potential defendants in a California diving accident injury lawsuit could be long and include:
- The dive shop where you rented gear or tanks
- The owner of the dive boat that supplied equipment or tanks
- The manufacturer of any defective gear that caused the accident and injuries
- Any company that maintained the dive gear you rented or filled the dive cylinders
- The boat captain or boat crew members
- The dive master or any dive guides on the trip
- Other divers in the water with you, from your dive charter or another dive boat
- Other boat operators in the area of your dive
As you can see, there are many potential defendants for your Catalina diving injury lawsuit. And only with the help of an expert diving accident attorney will you know how to move forward with your case and whom to name as the defendant. Our staff will provide all the answers to these questions and many others as you begin to move forward with a lawsuit to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
What Is The Estimated Value Of My Lawsuit?
The dollar amount of any personal injury lawsuit will vary based on many factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The cost of all medical treatment, including an airlift evacuation cost if needed to transport you from the dive site directly to a medical facility
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages if you were unable to work during your recovery period
- Punitive damages
- Legal expenses
While these are some of the most common expenses that are used to calculate the amount of your diving injury settlement request, your DTLA Law Group diving accident attorney will work with you to ensure you are being compensated for all your losses associated with the accident and injuries.
What If I Signed A Waiver With The Dive Op Or Gear Rental Company?
Many recreational divers are concerned that when they signed a waiver to board their dive boat or rent tanks and gear, they gave up all their legal rights for a lawsuit. However, that is not really the case. You basically agreed to use the equipment and boat in a safe manner and that you were a certified diver with the necessary training to use the gear. In return, the dive boat op and any gear rental company claimed to provide you with properly functioning equipment and a safe boat and dive guide service. However, if the cause of your accident is determined to be gross negligence on the part of anyone involved in your dive trip or the care of the gear you rented, then you still have the right to sue them, even after signing a waiver.
How Long Does The Settlement Process Take?
Because each person and their injuries are unique, it is impossible for your DTLA Law Group diving injury attorney to quote a time to complete your lawsuit or the time frame to get your settlement payment. However, we can tell you that time is of the essence in filing a personal injury lawsuit in California. You have two years from the date of the injury to file your claim and begin the process of seeking compensation. If you fail to file in the two-year window, you lose the right to seek compensation in most cases.
The team at DTLA Law Group will work with you to move your case through the court system as rapidly as possible. We understand that you want to put this unpleasant experience behind you as quickly as possible. In addition, we know that the money you receive in the settlement is vital to pay your medical bills and living expenses as you heal and work to restore your life and everyday activities. Please rest assured that we will do all that we can to streamline the process and get you the money you deserve for your Catalina diving accident injuries.
We Don’t Get Paid Until You Are Paid
At DTLA Law Group, we are dedicated to serving our clients and protecting their rights under the law. And until we see justice served and you fairly compensated for your losses, we never ask for any payments from you. We only get paid after we win the settlement or verdict in your favor. In addition, we offer free second opinions to any victim who has been told by another law firm that they have no grounds for legal action after a California diving accident. So contact our team today to ensure that you understand your legal rights and are taking appropriate action to secure the compensation you deserve after a California diving accident injury.