Skilled Lawyers Helping Injured Divers
The Oakland, Long Beach and San Diego scuba and commercial diving accident lawyers of Brodsky Micklow Bull & Weiss LLP, represent recreational, commercial, and professional divers who have suffered accidents while diving, during decompression, or while in transit to or from the dive site. Contact an experienced California scuba personal injury lawyer at any of our offices to find out how we can help you.
Why Diving Accidents Happen
Some of us are certified divers ourselves, and we understand the hazards inherent in the enjoyment of this beautiful sport. But too often, sometimes as part of a resort vacation or ocean cruise package, novice divers are given minimal training and education, and then turned loose to fend for themselves. Some of the resulting injuries can include:
- Nitrogen narcosis, or “the bends”.
- Air embolism.
- Type I and Type II decompression sickness.
- Neurological injuries, including brain damage due to anoxia or asphyxia.
If you’re a recreational diver who suffered an injury while diving, you might have a personal injury claim against the dive sponsor, the diving instructor, a vacation resort or cruise ship operator, or another party. If your scuba diving accident occurred in navigable waters, or if you were transported across navigable waters to the dive site, federal admiralty jurisdiction might well cover your claim.
We also represent commercial, brown water, and hard-hat divers engaged in underwater construction, maintenance, repair, and salvage operations, particularly in the California offshore oil industry. We’ve found that injured working divers often qualify for seaman status under the Jones Act, and therefore qualify for maintenance and cure benefits, as well as their maritime negligence and unseaworthiness claims.
If you’ve been hurt as either a sport diver or a professional, contact our Oakland, Long Beach and San Diego maritime diving accident attorneys at Brodsky Micklow Bull & Weiss LLP for a free consultation on your claim. Contact our law firm by calling 510-268-6180 or toll free at 855-SEA-SOS1.