As the warm summer temperatures disappear, it can be tempting to get your fill of the sun and water sports before the cooler weather sets in. And, just because you’ve made it through the entire summer without any serious injuries – maybe some minor scrapes and bruises – doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind.
All water activities, whether its white water rafting, surfing, wakeboarding, tubing, waterskiing, jet skiing, kite surfing or water polo, are dangerous. Although these sports are fun they can result in severe injuries and death. The most common injuries from water sports accidents are those of the head.
All too often, there are stories of nightmare vacations in which kids and young adults incur life-threatening open and closed head injuries while participating in extreme water sports. While families may be able to work with an expert solicitor who specialise in head injury claim compensation to cover their financial loss, nothing can truly make up for the pain and suffering and the potential life-changing effects of a brain injury.
Traumatic brain injuries range in severity from mild, temporary concussions to long-term changes that affect a person’s character, memory and ability to think and speak. The most severe cases may cause paralysis and death.
When caution is exercised and all safety measures are followed, the risk of injury significantly decreases. No matter what sport you participate in, adhering to some of these guidelines will help prevent you from suffering a head injury.
Always follow the instructions properly. Before attempting to do a sport on your own, experts advise that you receive the proper training and use all safety equipment.
Wear a Helmet
In most instances, a helmet will help protect against head and brain injuries. It is especially important that those who are wakeboarding, water skiing and white water rafting wear one and that it is fitted properly. Even the most minimal contact with port equipment, boat, and rocks can cause injuries.
Wear a Lifejacket
Despite being uncomfortable, a lifejacket is a must. If you are knocked unconscious while in the water, it will save you from drowning.
Don’t Go Alone
Always try to go with someone. But, if you must go alone, notify someone of your whereabouts.
Prior to strapping on a board or heading down the river in a kayak, make sure you test the equipment. Inspect for any pieces that may become loose and dislodge or for any rips or broken lines.
Boat passengers should not ride with someone who is drinking and using drugs or is neglectful of boating safety regulations. Drivers who operate while under the influence experience a delayed reaction and ability to focus. This can result in serious accidents. Also, make sure all boats, jet skis and other vehicles are functioning properly.
If an accident does occur, and someone else is at fault for your head or brain injury, you can seek compensation by working with an expert brain injury claims solicitor to help pay for financial losses and suffering.