If you are planning a dream vacation to Hawaii, you are undoubtedly intending to spend some time at the beach and on the water. While most of the more than 10 million individuals who visit the islands every year make it home safely, some suffer life-altering injuries on vacation.
Ocean-related accidents are not exactly rare in the Aloha State. When they occur, these accidents often involve one of three recreational pursuits.
Parasailing offers a thrilling way to see the shoreline, marine life and clear water. When you are hundreds of feet in the air, though, you may be at risk of serious injury from an unexpected fall. You also may suffer bodily damage if the parasail’s ropes wrap around your neck, torso or limbs. Furthermore, if you collide with trees, rocks or the water, you may suffer a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage.
Whether you prefer a cruise on a massive ship, a short excursion on a sailboat or a solo trip in a kayak, the ocean is the perfect place for boating. When you are on a boat, though, you are susceptible to injury from falls, mechanical failures, vessel damage and even the water itself. Nevertheless, the boat’s crew likely has a duty to keep you safe before, during and after a boating accident.
Even though parasailing and boating can be dangerous for tourists, your biggest risk is drowning in the ocean. To protect you, outfitters should supply life vests. Before you fall in the water, they should also have a rescue plan in place. On the other hand, if you wade into the ocean on your own, you must watch for waves, rip currents, marine life and other hazards that may cause you to drown.
If you sustain a catastrophic injury in an ocean-related accident, your dream vacation immediately becomes a nightmare. Fortunately, if someone’s conduct or malfeasance caused or contributed to your injuries, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation.