Diving Accidents

Boating and Diving Accident Lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana

At The Young Firm, our Gulf Coast maritime attorneys have been defending the rights on injured divers for more than 40 years. Each boating and diving accident lawyer at our New Orleans, Louisiana office is experienced in all aspects of maritime, admiralty, and boating accident law, including the representation of both recreational and commercial divers. We have handled many personal injury cases and wrongful death claims involving diving accidents and are proud of our track record of successful verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has been catastrophically injured in a diving accident, contact The Young Firm. A trial-tested boating and diving accident lawyer, serving the New Orleans, Louisiana area and victims throughout Gulf Coast region, will aggressively protect your rights and help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

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Diving Accident Injuries

Although most commercial and recreational diving accidents are preventable, each year hundreds of people are injured in such accidents. These injuries usually occur as a result of poor judgment, improperly maintained equipment, inadequate training, or inadequate supervision.

The most dangerous risk a diver faces is decompression sickness, which occurs when a diver returns to the surface too quickly. While diving, pressure underwater causes nitrogen to dissolve in the body. These nitrogen bubbles form in the bloodstream and can cause serious problems, including brain injuries, paralysis, blindness, and even death.

At The Young Firm, a diving and boating accident lawyer at our New Orleans, Louisiana handles claims involving:

  • Diver operator negligence
  • Dive buddy negligence
  • Out-of-air emergencies
  • Dangerous water conditions
  • Inadequate training
  • Boat run over
  • Boat drive-offs
  • Improperly maintained equipment

Contact a boating and diving accident lawyer at The Young Firm’s New Orleans, Louisiana office today to schedule a free consultation.

Recreational Diving Accidents

Recreational divers are routinely required to sign liability waivers and releases from the certifying agent, dive resort, boat owner and operator, or charter company. Although most courts have upheld these releases, citing that diving is a voluntary sport, no waiver can entirely release these parties from responsibility.

Determining negligence for diving accidents is similar to the standard used in medical malpractice claims; companies are considered to be guilty of negligence when they fail to act as a reasonably prudent party would have. If your boating and diving accident lawyer can demonstrate that negligence has occurred, you may still be eligible to receive compensation.

Occupational Diving Accidents

To ensure the safety of their divers, companies must follow standard policies, procedures, and U.S. Coast Guard regulations. All too often, however, a diving company fails to follow standard procedures and cuts corners on safety. When this happens, serious injuries – even death – may occur.

Dive companies frequently argue that divers are not “seaman” and therefore should not be entitled to Jones Act benefits. However, most commercial divers are eligible for Jones Act claims in addition to the benefits provided under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. These claims are often very complex and require the attention of an experienced diving accident and maritime attorney. To schedule an evaluation of your potential diving accident claim, contact a boating accident lawyer at our New Orleans, Louisiana office. We will advise you of your options for recourse.

Contact a Boating and Diving Accident Lawyer

Diving injuries and accidents can be very serious, even life-threatening. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a diving accident, you should seek experienced legal representation. At The Young Firm, we have been representing recreational and commercial divers for more than 40 years. Contact a boating and diving accident lawyer today. Serving New Orleans and Louisiana clients statewide, we can help you obtain fair compensation.