At Waitz & Downer, we understand that diving accidents can cause catastrophic, life-changing injuries. That’s why we are committed to defending the rights of injured divers. Our skilled lawyers are experienced in all aspects of diving accident law and represent both commercial and recreational divers. Be it a personal injury or wrongful death claim, we are here to protect your rights and help you obtain the fair compensation you are entitled to.
What Causes Diving Accident Injuries?
Recreational and commercial diving accidents are often preventable. Many accidents are caused by improper equipment maintenance, poor judgment, improper supervision or lack of training.
At Waitz & Downer, we often handle claims involving:
- Insufficient training
- Poorly maintained equipment
- Dive operator negligence
- Divers run over by boats
- Unsafe water conditions
- Dive partner negligence
Call Waitz & Downer Attorneys at Law today at (985) 876-0870 to schedule a free initial consultation for your case.
Recreational and Commercial Diving Accident Lawyers
Recreational divers are often required to sign liability waivers and releases that free the diving resort, boat owner and operator, charter company and the certifying agent from responsibility for injuries.
While courts may uphold these releases, these parties are not entirely free of responsibility. Oftentimes, these cases are treated like a medical malpractice case: the parties involved may be considered negligent if they do not act as any reasonable party would have acted. In other words, even if you did sign a waiver and release, your attorney may still be able to prove negligence.
In commercial settings, companies are required to follow strict procedures, policies and regulations put forth by the U.S. Coast Guard to protect their divers. Unfortunately, diving companies often fail to follow safety procedures and regulations, and divers wind up paying the price. Serious injuries and even death often result when companies cut corners on safety.
Diving accident claims, particularly commercial diving accident claims, can be very complex. Diving companies often try to argue that divers are not “seaman” and are not covered under the Jones Act Benefits. In actuality, most divers are eligible for Jones Act Benefits in addition to Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act benefits.
Contact a Maritime Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a diving accident or injured while working offshore, you need an experienced diving accident lawyer to help you protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Call Waitz & Downer Attorneys at Law today at 985-876-0870 to schedule a free initial consultation.