Scuba diving is a very popular activity along the coast of California and at large lakes and quarry’s across the state. Divers rely on their training, experience, and gear to remain safe in conditions that the untrained person would consider to be very hazardous. However, any diver will tell you that quality gear and attention to detail are what keep every diver safe underwater. And when there is even the slightest scuba diving gear rental equipment failure, even a seasoned diver can be in trouble. Without remaining calm and working to problem solve quickly, the diver could face life-altering injuries or even death.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or death, and you believe scuba diving rental gear failure was to blame, the team at DTLA law group is here to help. Our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers are here 24/7 to answer all your difficult questions, including who could be responsible for your injuries or the injuries or death of your loved one. Please get in touch with our office at your earliest convenience to schedule a free consultation with a scuba diving rental accident lawyer in California.
What Can Go Wrong On A Dive
First, it is essential to know that diving is safe when proper precautions are taken and the divers are well-trained. The Diver’s Alert Network, also known as DAN to divers, reports that diving fatalities remain very low at six or fewer divers per 100,000. This number is very low compared to the fatality rates in other sports that are considered to be high-risk. So it is essential to work with a personal injury or wrongful death lawyer who is well educated in scuba diving accidents and scuba diving gear rental equipment failure. When any of the following rental gear items fail or malfunction, there is the potential for severe injuries or loss of life.
- Scuba tank issues including bad air or gas, damaged tank, damaged valve
- Regulator issues, including a faulty primary regulator, octo regulator, hoses, or any of the components in the regulators
- Damaged or faulty buoyancy compensator device, or BCD, or any of the components of the BCD
- Weight belt failure
- Mask failure
- Dive computer failure or defect
As a scuba diver, you are trained to check and recheck your gear for perfect function. And as soon as you discover an issue, it is vital that you begin to adjust your dive plan to correct the problem or safely abandon the dive and make a safe accent to the surface. However, some catastrophic failures can make it impossible for a diver to surface safely. The scuba diving rental accident lawyers at DTLA Law Group will help you evaluate your injuries, the equipment failure, and who might be responsible for your losses. Then we will work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you are fully compensated.
Who Could Be To Blame For A Scuba Rental Gear Accident?
When you rent scuba gear at a local dive shop or on a dive boat, you assume that the equipment has been adequately maintained and is safe to use. In fact, you are betting your life on the fact that the gear is in proper working order and will keep you alive throughout your dive. However, when an accident is related to faulty dive gear or a dive gear failure, it might be challenging to know who is liable for the accident, your injuries, or the death of a loved one using faulty rental dive gear. Some of the possible parties responsible for this unfortunate event include:
- The manufacturer of the dive gear if the gear is found to be defective
- The rental shop if the dive gear was not properly maintained and serviced- for example, dive tanks must be inspected and certified annually, and regulators require professional service and regular rebuilds
- The dive boat operation, if they rented you gear that was not in good working order
- In some areas, dive shops and dive operations do not fill their own tanks, so any issue related to the air or gas quality in these tanks is the responsibility of the company supplying the tanks
All of these possibilities can sound confusing, especially if you are not a trained diver. If you are pursuing information to help an injured loved one or have suffered the loss of a family member due to a faulty rental scuba diving gear accident in California. The personal injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group will help you sort out all the details of the injuries and accident to determine who is responsible and who should be named in the lawsuit to recover your losses.
I Signed A Waiver, But Can I Still Sue The Scuba Dive Gear Rental Company?
When you sign a waiver to rent scuba gear, it is an agreement stating that you are a certified diver and know how to use the equipment properly and safely. But it does not absolve the dive gear rental company of their obligation to provide you with safe and functional gear. So if you use the equipment correctly and suffer an injury because the gear was faulty, defective, or worn out, you can hold the rental company responsible and sue for damages.
What Is The Average Value Of A Scuba Diving Rental Accident?
There is no predetermined dollar amount for any personal injury or wrongful death settlement. Each case is unique. The settlement amount will be calculated based on your experiences and losses from the accident. Some of the costs included in a personal injury settlement related to a scuba diving rental gear accident include:
- Medical care related to your injuries
- Transportation or evacuation from the dive site, including the cost of being airlifted from the dive site
- Lost wages as a result of your inability to work while healing and recovering from your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
In the event of a fatal scuba diving rental accident, the diver’s loved ones can seek compensation for all of the same expenses as in the injury case. In addition, they can also seek compensation for funeral expenses and loss of future income in a wrongful death lawsuit. Your expert faulty rental scuba diving gear accident lawyer at DTLA Law Group will help you understand all of the expenses that should be included in determining a full and fair settlement amount.
How Long Does A Scuba Diving Rental Accident Settlement Take?
Because each scuba diving rental gear accident is different and healing and recovery will vary from one person to the next, there is no predictable time frame to settle a case. However, it is crucial to understand that the statute of limitations on a personal injury lawsuit in California is two years from the date of the incident. In the case of a wrongful death lawsuit, you must file suit within two years from the date of your loved one’s passing. If you do not seek legal representation and file within that two-year window, you have lost your legal right to file a claim associated with the accident.
It is also essential to know that the team at DTLA Law Group will work diligently on your behalf to move the case through the legal system as quickly as possible. We know that you need the settlement money to pay expenses related to the accident and to move forward with your life. And we are here to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation for your loss.
We Work For Free Until You Get Paid
At DTLA Law Group, our staff understands the stress and emotional trauma you suffer due to a personal injury or losing a loved one. Both of these situations place a great deal of pressure on you and your family. Our goal is to help you by providing outstanding legal guidance and services to secure the settlement you deserve. In addition, we believe it is our responsibility to protect your rights and time to recover without adding to your financial concerns. So DTLA Law Group never asks for any upfront payment for our services. Instead, we only get paid after we successfully secure a settlement or verdict in your favor.
We Offer A Free Second Opinion
If you have been turned away by another law firm in California, be sure to get in touch with our office at your earliest convenience. As the law firm that genuinely cares about personal injury victims and families who have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, we provide a free second opinion consultation to evaluate the merit of your case. If we believe you have grounds for a lawsuit, we will take your case with no out-of-pocket fees or charges for our services. We understand that you are enduring a very emotional and challenging event. We are here to work persistently to secure the funds that will allow you to move forward with financial stability as you rebuild your life.