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Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured Or Died In A Recreational, Technical, Commercial, or Public Safety Dive Accident?

Choose The Lawyer That Actually Dives

Over 11,000 scuba related injuries are reported each and every year. In the United States alone, nearly 100 people die from diving every year. In many cases survivors are left with lifelong injuries, including paralysis and loss of bodily function. A majority of these injuries and deaths are preventable and are the direct result of dive operator error or deficiencies in diver training. Mr. Manuel is a divemaster with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors, a certified technical diver with experience in closed circuit rebreather diving, mixed gas diving, deep diving, and extended range wreck and cave penetration procedures. Don't Become Another Statistic. This is a firm of divers for divers. Let us help you find out what went wrong.

Common Causes of Recreational

and Technical Dive Accidents

  • Decompression Sickness (aka the “Bends”)

  • Equipment Failure

  • Out Of Air Emergencies

  • Rapid Ascents

  • Nitrogen Narcosis

  • Oxygen Toxicity

  • Central Nervous System Toxicity

  • Dive Buddy Negligence

  • Being Unfamiliar With The Environment

  • Being Unfamiliar With New Equipment

  • The Boat Driving Off

  • The Boat Running Over You

  • Inadequate Medical Screening

  • Negligent Rescue Attempts

  • Negligent Training Methods

  • Overwhelming Sea Conditions

Recreational and Technical Diving

     Whether you are a man or a woman, young or old, recreational scuba diving allows you to enter into a vast new underwater world to explore. Yet, recreational and technical diving accidents arise when divers are inadequately trained, certified, and supervised.  Because such accidents occur at depths, divers are more likely to become seriously injured or die in the event of equipment failure, their air supply being contaminated, or supervisory personnel or instructors performing their duties negligently. 

 

     Whatever the cause of the injury or death may be, Mr. Manuel travels to the scene of the tragedy, personally inspects and tests the equipment for fault, interviews the witnesses, and dives and documents the scene of the accident.

Commercial and

Public Safety Diving

     Whether you are a commercial diver operating specialized commercial dive equipment and tools or a public safety diver entering the water for a search and recovery or cleanup, the vast majority of commercial and public safety diving accidents are completely preventable. Most injuries and deaths in the commercial and public safety area of diving occur as a result of entrapments, improper maintenance of dive equipment, contaminants, inadequate training of personnel, or faulty tools. In many cases a diver’s employer can be held vicariously liable for the negligent acts on the part of dive safety officers, support personnel or crewmen, and boat captains. Ascertaining who is at fault in an accident and what compensation you may be entitled to often involve an intricate mix of state and federal workers compensation laws, maritime laws, and state and federal regulations.

 

     Litigation involving injuries or death as a result of decompression illness, arterial gas embolism, vestibular pulmonary and non-pulmonary barotraumas as well as machinery related incidents requires an attorney with the qualifications and knowledge in the dive industry to understand not only the underwater working environment and the dangers therein, but also the medical components involved in the care and treatment of the injured professional diver.

Common Causes of Commercial and Public Safety Dive Accidents

  • Decompression Illness

  • Arterial Gas Embolism

  • Vestibular Pulmonary and Non-pulmonary Barotraumas

  • Electrocution

  • Contamination

  • Bone Necrosis

  • Hyperbaric Injuries

  • Entrapment or Crushing Injuries 

  • Dive Bell Failures

  • Tether Kinking, Breaking, or Snagging

  • Improper Trimix Mixture For Depth 

  • Nitrogen Narcosis

  • Oxygen Toxicity

  • Central Nervous System Toxicity

  • Negligence of Diver Support Personnel 

  • Improper Training

  • Injuries During Underwater Salvage, Ship Repair, Construction, and Offshore Rig Operations

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Lafayette, LA 70503

 

Tel: (337) 237-0492

 

Fax: (337) 232-7758

 

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