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What to do if you're in a water-sport accident

Whether you jet ski, boat, surf, or kayak, water sports carry an inherent risk of injury. High-speed water activities are particularly risky.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a water-sport accident, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This also applies to situations in which a family member has died as a result of a water-related accident.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

Our team has extensive experience managing water-sport accident cases and can advise you on whether you have an eligible claim for personal injury compensation.

Your initial consultation is free. We also offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of public liability cases, which means that you don’t have to pay for our legal services if we don't win.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia.

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All you need to know about public liability

You have the right to be safe when you’re in a public place. If you have been hurt as the result of another person or organisation’s negligent behaviour you may be able to make a public liability claim for compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a water-sport accident compensation claim?

You may be eligible to claim water-sport accident compensation if you have been injured because of the negligence of someone else.

Your public liability claim for the water-sport accident will vary greatly depending on your location and the nature of your injuries. Generally your water-sport accident compensation claim will cover things like:

  • medical costs (including past and future costs)
  • lost income (including past and future costs)
  • pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
  • home help and attendant care

You may also be eligible for a superannuation lump sum or compensation through your insurance.

What types of accidents can I make a water-sport accident compensation claim for?

The most common types of accidents that you may be able to claim water-sport accident compensation for cover:

  • If you are swimming in the bay
  • Collide with another jet ski
  • Collide with a house boat
  • Faulty products

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Who can I claim water-sport accident compensation against?

Anyone who has caused or contributed to your water-sport accident or injury may be found legally liable and required to pay compensation. They may even be liable for the actions of others if the location of your accident is under their control.

Businesses and other (non domestic) occupiers of premises are required to carry Public liability Insurance. The compensation is actually paid by the insurance company. A person’s own home & contents insurance covers public liability if an accident occurs at a private residence.

Can I represent myself when making a water-sport accident compensation claim?

Yes. However, water-sport accident compensation law is complicated. Each state and territory has its own laws that apply to public liability claims. Recent changes in the law have made it more difficult to prove negligence if you are injured as a result of an 'obvious hazard'.

It's important to get help from someone who understands the complexities of public liability law, with experience in your area. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has all the resources and experience that come with being a national firm.

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How do I make a water-sport accident compensation claim?

To make a successful water-sport accident compensation claim, you need to be able to prove that:

  • you were owed a duty of care
  • that duty of care was breached
  • it could be predicted that this breach would lead to injury or damage

How long do I have to make a water-sport accident compensation claim?

Time limits vary under the different state and federal laws. It's important to report your injury to the compensation authority as soon as possible, once you've become aware of your injury.

If you think you have a public liability claim, you should:

  • seek medical treatment and tell your doctor how you were injured
  • keep records and receipts for any wages lost and for medical and related expenses, including the dates of medical consultations
  • take photos of the injuries and where you were injured (where possible)
  • contact us to discuss your claim

What settlement can I expect for my water-sport accident compensation claim?

Your water-sport accident compensation claim may cover:

  • medical costs (including past and future costs)
  • lost income (including past and future costs)
  • pain and suffering compensation
  • suffering and lost enjoyment of life (however, there is a cap on what you can claim for pain and suffering)
  • home help and attendant care

How long does a water-sport accident compensation claim take?

Your water-sport accident compensation claim and the legal process may take up to several years, especially if you have to wait for injuries to stabilise.

When is duty of care breached?

Duty of care may be breached when the occupier or operator of a space or premises is negligent in their duty to care for your safety in entering and using that space.

What could I be entitled to if duty of care is breached?

You may be entitled to sue the occupier or operator of a space or premises for any accidents or injuries that are caused by their negligent behaviour. This is known as a public liability claim.

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