Jet Ski Injuries

Due to its hot weather and its reputation as a vacation destination, the state of Florida consistently ranks as the number one state in the nation for personal water craft (PWC) accidents and fatalities. Jet Ski injuries are typically related to operator error as a result of inexperience or inebriation.

The excessive speed capability of these machines increases the risk of an injury or fatality in the event of an accident. Injuries can range from minor contusions and lacerations to more serious broken bones or neurological damage. In some cases, collisions are enough to cause death as a result of impact or drowning.

Minor Jet Ski Injuries

In many cases of Jet Ski injuries, victims will typically only sustain superficial injuries. These injuries mostly manifest as cuts, bumps, and bruises. These types of injuries can result from low-speed impacts between the riders and the machine, riders and the environment, and riders and other people. Occasionally, bleeding may occur or unsightly bruises will develop. Usually, these injuries will heal without any medical intervention given sufficient care and time to heal.

Typical minor Jet Ski injuries can include:

  • Scrapes
  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Bleeding
  • Sprains
  • Muscle soreness

Moderate Jet Ski Injuries

Some accidents that occur at higher speeds may not be life-threatening but can still result in painful and potentially debilitating injuries. These injuries usually impose some sort of lifestyle change upon the victim, whether it be hospitalization time, ambulatory assistance technology, or permanent mobility reduction or change in physical appearance. Most of these injuries usually result in broken bones.

Typical moderate Jet Ski injuries may include:

  • Broken limbs
  • Temporary vision loss
  • Severely limited mobility
  • Concussions
  • Puncture wounds

Severe Jet Ski Injuries

Jet Ski accidents occurring at higher speeds or with reckless drives may result in serious or even fatal injuries. High-speed impacts can result in organ damage, internal bleeding, or nervous system damage. These injuries are extremely serious and should be examined by a medical professional. Unchecked injuries can result in complications later in life or can result in death.

Potential severe Jet Ski injuries can include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head traumas
  • Orifice injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Oxygen depravation

Educate Yourself, Protect Yourself

In order to ensure a fun and safe summer in Florida, it is important to understand the facts behind Jet Ski accidents. Many questions regarding safety and what the legal system says about PWCs can be answered by a specialized attorney. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a Jet Ski, contact a Jet Ski injury attorney to learn about your rights.

 

Sources:

“Boating Accidents.” Boating. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Web. 4 May 2015. <http://www.myfwc.com/boating/safety-education/accidents/>.

Morel, Laura C. “Florida Again Leads Nation in Boating Accidents.” News. Tampa Bay Times, 13 July 2012. Web. 4 May 2015. <http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/florida-again-leads-nation-in-boating-accidents/1240112>.

“Jet Ski Injuries.” Water Safety. Safety Resource, 8 Dec. 2014. Web. 4 May 2015. <http://www.safetyresource.org/water_safety/jet_ski_injuries.html>.