SCUBA Accidents

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:52 by admin
Scuba diving (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus diving) is one of the most popular underwater sports in the world. Every year, millions of travelers explore exotic underwater destinations across the globe using scuba diving equipment. Unfortunately, the sport carries with it inherent risks, especially to inexperienced divers.

One of the most dangerous risks a scuba diver faces is decompression sickness, also known as "the bends". This occurs when a diver returns to the surface too quickly. While diving, pressure underwater causes nitrogen from the air the diver is breathing to dissolve in the body. Nitrogen bubbles, which form in the blood stream, can cause a variety of problems. Minor injuries may include joint and muscle pain as well as skin problems. Blindness, paralysis and even death may also result. Defective scuba equipment, improper instruction that contributes to an accident and injuries sustained on the dive boat itself have all led to lawsuits against the industry.

If you have been injured because of a scuba accident, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Sporting Goods: Overview
  2. Blindness
  3. Head, Spinal Cord, Brain & Nerve Disorders: Overview
  4. Heart Problems
  5. Joints & Muscles: Overview
  6. Paralysis: Overview
  7. Skin Disorders: Overview
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