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How Much Compensation Could I Claim for A Jet Ski Accident?

By Marianne Herondale. Last Updated 30th March 2023. Welcome to our jet ski accident claims guide. There’s a reason that jet skis are often compared to motorbikes – they’re fast, carry some degree of risk and can be thrilling to ride. While many people enjoy using jet skis on holiday or even as a hobby close to home, accidents can occur, and the injuries can be devastating.

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If you have suffered a jet ski accident causing injury, and the blame for the accident lands with someone other than you, it may be possible to pursue personal injury compensation claims to cover costs incurred directly because of your accident.

For example, if you’ve suffered jet ski back problems due to another person’s negligence and you’re able to prove this, you could make a successful personal injury claim.

Our guide below covers all the relevant information pertaining to jet ski accidents, including liability, average jet ski compensation awards, and what to do if you’ve suffered jet ski injuries abroad. Read on to learn more about this complex area of personal injury law.

To get in touch for a free consultation about your case, please contact our team of expert advisors today. If you have a valid claim, our team can connect you with our personal injury lawyers who can handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis:

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  1. What Is A Jet Ski Accident Claim?
  2. Top Tips On Proving Jet Ski Accident Claims
  3. Jet Ski Crashes – What Injuries Could They Cause?
  4. Fatal Jet Ski Injury Claims
  5. Compensation For Jet Ski Accident Injuries
  6. No Win No Fee Jet Ski Accident Claims
  7. Helpful Links

What Is A Jet Ski Accident Claim?

Simply put, jet ski injury claims are legal cases that is pursued to allow a person injured in an accident that was not their fault to claim compensation for injuries that they have suffered because of the incident.

The compensation awarded in such a case is designed to compensate the injured party for both physical and mental injuries, as well as any out-of-pocket costs that occur due to the incident. These can be travel costs, any prescription charges, and loss of earnings when in recovery.

As such, don’t be worried that you could only claim for jet ski back problems if you’ve also experienced other injuries. You can claim for multiple injuries caused by a jet ski accident so long as you can prove that all of your injuries were caused by negligence.

If you have been left with injuries after jet skiing and it was someone’s fault, then you might have reason to look at who is to blame for that accident and whether you can claim compensation.

Top Tips On Proving Jet Ski Accident Claims

As part of the process of making a jet ski claim, you can acquire various pieces of quality evidence to strengthen your case. For example, evidence you gather could help in proving negligence caused the accident in which you sustained harm.

Below, we have provided some examples of evidence that you could use to support your claim.

  • Video footage – Your accident (such as a jet ski crash) may have been captured on video. If so, the cause of your injuries may be evident in the footage. You could potentially acquire a copy and submit it as evidence.
  • Results of an independent inspection – Water sports centres need to maintain their equipment to an acceptable standard. Otherwise, they could lead to users being injured. As part of the investigation, they could be asked to make their jet skis available for inspection or provide documentation detailing previous inspections. The results of these inspections could be used as evidence.
  • Medical records – Your injuries and any relevant treatment administered may be recorded and could be helpful evidence to prove the extent of your injuries.

Get in touch to find out more about how to prove jet ski injury claims, or for more information on claiming in extreme circumstances such as following jet ski deaths. On the government website, you can also read about the recent government clamp down on the dangerous use of jet skis.

Jet Ski Crashes – What Injuries Could They Cause?

Jet ski crashes could lead to various types of injury. Sometimes, in an accident involving a jet ski, death can even occur. In this section, we’ll focus on examples of injuries you may suffer.

  • Upon crashing a jet ski, the sudden impact may cause you to suffer whiplash
  • Being hit by a jet ski at great speed may cause breaks, fractures or strains
  • If you are flung off a jet ski, you might suffer a spinal injury
  • A collision involving a jet ski could result in you getting a concussion
  • Some jet ski crashes may cause a fatal accident if the rider is not wearing protective equipment, such as a helmet

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions for our advisors. They are on call 24/7 and could connect you with our expert specialist solicitors.

Fatal Jet Ski Injury Claims

You may be wondering if it’s possible to make a claim following the death of a loved one caused by a jet ski accident.

Under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934, the estate of the deceased can make a claim up to 6 months following the jet ski death. This is a claim for the pain and suffering the deceased experienced as a result of the accident.

If a claim is not made by the estate during this period, certain eligible family members can claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, who could also be compensated for the psychological or financial suffering they have experienced as a result of the death.

Often, a fatal accident claim will be made for the benefit of the estate and any dependants so the payout will be one sum and then split amongst claimants.

Get in touch today for more information on making a claim following the death of a loved one.

Compensation For Jet Ski Accident Injuries

In this guide, we have stated what the potential dangers of jet skiing could be and the potential injuries you could suffer following a jet ski crash. However, you may now be wondering how much you could receive in compensation for your injuries.

Settlements for successful personal injury claims for a jet ski accident could include both general and special damages. General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering your injury has caused you, as well as how this may have impacted your quality of life. Both mental and physical injuries could be compensated under general damages.

To help you gain a clearer idea of how much you could receive in compensation for your injuries, we have created the following table. The figures listed have been taken from the most recent edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), published in April 2022. We have used the JCG’s figures as it lists compensation brackets for various injuries, and the amounts are based on previous successful claims. Many legal professionals, such as solicitors, will use the JCG to help them value claims.

Please only use this table as a guide. How much compensation you could receive will be affected by the factors of your claim and may differ from those listed below.

Injury Notes Amount
Neck Severe (i) – This type of injury is usually associated with incomplete paraplegia or results in spastic quadriparesis that is permanent. In the region of £148,330
Arm Severe – The arm will have fallen short of needing to be amputated. However, the person has been little better off than if it had been. £96,160 to £130,930
Back Severe (iii) – Disc lesions or fractures, or soft tissue injuries that result in severe pain and discomfort, despite undergoing treatment. £38,780 to £69,730
Wrist An arthrodesis may have been performed and the wrist has suffered a complete loss of function. £47,620 to £59,860
Foot Modest – Puncture wounds, simple metatarsal fractures or ruptured ligaments that may result in a permanent limp with aching and pain. Up to £13,740
Knee Moderate (ii) – Lacerations or twisting/bruising injuries that cause aching and discomfort. Up to £13,740
Hand Moderate – Soft tissue injuries, penetrating wounds and crush injuries. Whether surgery was successful and the symptoms will affect how much is awarded. £5,720 to £13,280
Elbow Moderate or minor – Lacerations, tennis elbow syndrome, and simple fractures fall under this bracket. The recovery time will affect how much is awarded. Up to £12,590
Leg Less serious (iii) – Soft tissue injuries or simple tibia/fibula fractures that cause dull aching and restricted movement. Up to £11,840
Shoulder Minor (i) – A soft tissue injury that fully recovers in less than 2 years. £4,350 to £7,890

Contact our advisors today if you have any questions about making a claim for a jet ski accident. They could provide you with free legal advice regarding your specific claim and could connect you with our experienced solicitors.

Special Damages

Things you may want to look at claiming for aren’t just limited to the physical or psychological injuries you’ve suffered. There are likely to be other costs you have incurred by your incident that can also be compensated for.

Medical bills can also be recouped. Whether they have been incurred overseas or in the UK, if they can be evidenced as part of the claim, then it is likely you will get your monies back should the case be won.

Other costs can include funeral expenses, loss of earnings in the future as well as any loss of earnings you have already suffered, and any modifications that might need to be made to your home should you require them to get about. What’s more, you could even claim for losing out on bonuses with work or damage to your pension scheme.

No Win No Fee Jet Ski Accident Claims

When you’ve been in an accident, often you will have to lose out on part of your income due to the fact that you’ll have to miss work. In extreme cases, you might not be able to work in the foreseeable future, if at all. This can leave people in dire financial straits and often, the last thing they’ll look at is taking legal action because they fear they can’t afford it.

This, however, is something we like to inform our clients is not necessarily true. No Win No Fee claims can be pursued, with legal bills only being settled out of compensation granted. This means you don’t have to pay your lawyer’s legal fees either upfront or during the claims process. Instead, they take their legal fees as a small portion of your compensation known as a success fee.

Call Legal Expert Today For Jet Ski Injury Claims Advice

To get in touch for a free consultation about your case, please get in touch with our team of expert advisors today. If you have a valid claim, our team can connect you to a member of our panel of personal injury lawyers so they can handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis:

Helpful Links

Water safety

Statistics are provided by the National Water Safety Organisation in order to furnish people with the facts surrounding accidents on or near the water. This may be of interest to you.

ROSPA – Water injuries

Water injuries in other countries are covered on this page. This includes jet ski injuries.

Holiday Accidents

This holiday claims guide shows all you’re likely to need to know when looking at package holidays that have led to injuries.

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