What to do if you are involved in an offshore accident or other waterway incidents
Boating, water sports, and cruises are all becoming increasingly popular leisure activities. In the past 5 years, the demand for cruise holidays has risen by over 20% globally and this looks set to continue to rise.
Most of the time, people have a fantastic time onboard boats, or while enjoying water sports. But, every now and again, things can go wrong. Accidents happen, watercrafts of all shapes and sizes can be involved in one. Plus, it is not unheard of for passengers to suffer injuries during inclement weather or to fall sick with something like Norovirus. With this in mind, we thought we would take a look at how to claim compensation for those kinds of incidents.
Contact a lawyer that has the relevant experience
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to contact an offshore injury lawyer. In many parts of the world, there are special laws that cover what happens at sea or on other types of waterways.
This type of lawyer will also know how to help maritime workers who have been injured at work or while being transported to the rig, wind turbine or ship they are working on. Many of the legal firms who specialize in offshore law started out helping this group of people. Now more of us are taking holidays, traveling elsewhere and enjoying leisure activities on waterways they have diversified. They now help both workers and passengers to claim compensation for slips and falls, falling overboard, norovirus outbreaks and injuries sustained in other types of at-sea accidents or incidents.
Buy the right insurance
However, the fact that offshore lawyers can help you to claim compensation does not mean that you should not still buy travel insurance. When you purchase the right policy, there will be a helpline you can ring. Using this you can get immediate support and can usually do so in your native language.
In addition, other things like lost luggage, delays and cancellations will also be covered. You just need to be sure that you are buying the right one for the kind of trip you are taking. For example, you would not want to break your arm while water-skiing only to discover that activity was not covered. If you are planning a cruise holiday, this article will help you to buy the right type of travel insurance.
Contact the insurance company
When something goes wrong, make sure that you let your insurer know as soon as possible. In some cases, not doing so can render the policy null and void.
Collect evidence as you go
Should something go wrong, do your best to gather evidence. Take photos and make a note of the contact details of others who may have been affected or were witnesses. Keep a diary of what happened. This can prove invaluable when it is time to make your claim. You may also want to use one of these apps to track the impact your injuries or illness has on your health over the coming weeks and months.