As a leading maritime and admiralty law firm, we represent individuals and families throughout Florida in scuba diving and snorkeling accident cases.
For many people, scuba diving is the thrill of a lifetime. For others, it is their job and they are in and out of the water on a daily basis. Regardless of experience level, scuba diving can be dangerous and numerous accidents occur each year. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a scuba diving accident in Florida, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away.
Our firm represents individuals and families in scuba diving accident claims throughout Florida. We are well-known for our experience representing victims of offshore accidents, and we are widely recognized as America’s leading maritime and admiralty law firm. Our firm has been named among the Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report each of the past five years, and founding attorney Charles R. Lipcon was recently named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” in Admiralty and Maritime Law. Our attorneys have also appeared on television outlets including:
- ABC Good Morning America and World News
- CBS This Morning and Evening News
- CNN Headline News
- Fox News, Fox Business, and Fox & Friends
- Local Florida channels including CBS 4, Fox 13 and NBC 6
We Represent Victims and Families in Scuba Diving Accident Cases Across Florida
Florida is among the United States’ most-popular scuba diving and snorkeling destinations. Each year, people come from across the country and around the world to take classes and dive in locations such as:
- The Florida Keys (including Key Largo, Key Biscayne, Islamorada, Big Pine Key and Key West)
- Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail
- Biscayne National Park
- Jacksonville and St. Augustine in Northeast Florida
- John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
- Neptune Memorial Reef
- Wreck Trek in Fort Lauderdale
Unfortunately, at these and other pristine diving locations throughout Florida, mistakes by instructors, diving partners, boat captains and others often lead to serious and fatal accidents. Equipment failures are to blame for a significant number of scuba accidents as well, including accidents in which divers unexpectedly run out of oxygen and accidents involving nitrogen narcosis. Other common factors for which a Florida scuba diving lawyer at our firm may be able to help you recover financial compensation include:
- Bends (decompression sickness)
- Boat run-overs and drive-offs
- Diving in dangerous sea conditions
- Failed rescue attempts
- Negligent screening, instruction or supervision
- Negligent scuba equipment maintenance or preparation
- Rapid ascent
In addition to representing clients in cases involving recreational scuba diving and snorkeling accidents, we represent clients in cases involving work-related accidents as well. If you were injured or a loved one was killed while working as a scuba instructor, maritime worker or professional diver, we can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About Scuba Diving Accident Lawsuits and Cases
The following are a few of the more common questions that we answer during initial consultations and throughout our work with victims and the surviving family members of scuba diving accidents in Florida. Keep in mind that the following answers are intended to give you a basic idea of how we will work together to find the answers to your unique situation, and should not be taken as legal advice in any capacity. The sooner you contact our firm to speak directly with an attorney about your scuba diving accident, the sooner you will have a clear understanding of your situation and a path forward towards the financial compensation that you rightfully deserve.
Am I able to file a lawsuit for a scuba diving accident?
In order to determine whether or not you can file a lawsuit against an individual or company after a scuba diving accident, we will need to determine whether or not someone else had a duty of care for your safety, and whether or not they failed that duty. For example, if you are on a scuba diving tour provided by a cruise liner and are in an accident that resulted from an inexperienced, unlicensed, or otherwise negligent dive leader, then it is likely that you are the victim of reckless and negligent behavior on behalf of the cruise liner for approving this type of unsafe trip.
There are many specifics to your unique situation, and the best way to know what your options are and the steps that you can take forward is to contact a scuba diving accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm has a history of successful personal injury cases involving a range of maritime, cruise liner, scuba diving, and swimming accidents, and you will feel confident that you have chosen the right scuba diving accident law firm as soon as we are able to speak directly. Contact us now to get started.
Who is at fault for my scuba diving accident?
Proving fault is one of the most important issues that must be resolved at the outset of a personal injury case in order to then determine who is liable for your damages. If you were injured on a scuba diving excursion presented by a cruise liner company or private dive company, we will need to look at what went wrong to cause the accident, identify all involved potentially negligent actors, and ultimately determine who is potentially at fault. If, for example, your dive leader failed to recognize that you were exhibiting symptoms of the bends, or failed to provide you with enough oxygen for the dive, then this was an egregious failure on their part and they may very likely be at fault and thereby legally responsible.
How much is my case worth after suffering an injury in a scuba diving accident?
Once the issue of fault has been resolved, the next step is to determine the amount of money that you are entitled to as the victim in this accident. As your scuba diving accident attorneys, we will be able to set out a clear and compelling case for a range of economic and non-economic damages that you are entitled to, and will seek them through a series of aggressive negotiations. If, however, we believe that your accident was so egregious and negligent that a judge or jury may award punitive damages in addition to the compensatory damages that we are seeking, we may opt to take the case to trial.
The question of damages is complex and takes a lot of investigative work and calculations in order to come to an amount that we will then aggressively pursue on your behalf.
Discuss Your Case with a Florida Scuba Diving Accident Attorney for Free
For more information about recovering financial compensation after a scuba diving or snorkeling accident in Florida, contact a Florida scuba diving lawyer today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. Call 888-311-9929 or tell us what we can do to help online now.