In the early morning hours of Sept. 2, a diving boat carrying nearly 40 people caught fire near Santa Cruz Island leaving at least 8 people dead and dozens more missing. Only a few crew members were able to escape the burning vessel before it was totally engulfed in flames.
The tragedy occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara County, north of Los Angeles in Southern California. At least five crew members were above deck when the fire occurred. The rest of the passengers, who were on the 75-foot vessel for a diving excursion, were sleeping in quarters on the lowest level of the boat. The cause of the fire remains a mystery, and rescue crews continued to search for bodies as of Sept. 3.
Monday’s early morning tragedy highlights the importance of being prepared for catastrophes when going on diving excursions like these. Though the sleeping passengers likely could not have escaped to safety in this case, other emergencies both in and out of the water are possible.
Accidents are just that — accidents. But sometimes, accidents can be prevented if diving companies follow the rules and regulations put in place to keep divers safe. If you are injured in a diving accident that could have been prevented if the company followed the rules and ensured diver safety, it is even more important to speak with an attorney before filing an insurance claim.
When a company is negligent and puts divers at risk, they may be breaking the law. An experienced attorney can help those injured recoup the costs of medical expenses, extra travel, and loss of personal diving equipment.
An experienced diving accident lawyer could help their client recoup even more money than insurance alone if negligence is found to have contributed to the cause of the accident. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney before filing a claim with your insurance company. It could mean the difference for you and your family.
Diving insurance may cover costs associated with a scuba diving accident, but negligence on the part of a diving company or similar entity could raise the stakes. Don’t sign anything until you speak with an attorney. You may have a personal injury claim and be entitled to even more than your insurance company could provide.
Before you sign any paperwork or file an insurance claim, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your options. You may be entitled to more financial compensation if negligence contributed to your injuries.
The attorneys at Schmidt National Law Group are ready to answer your questions about filing a scuba diving injury claim. We have helped thousands of people who were injured due the negligence of businesses, both big and small. We stand ready to fight for your rights and hold the negligent party accountable.
Call 1-800-631-5656 today to speak with a member of our legal team about your options, or visit nationalinjuryadvocates.com to fill out a claim form.