One person is dead after a diving accident that occurred Saturday afternoon at the Weeki Wachee State Park.
Hernando County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the accident.
Authorities believe the accident took place between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Police claim the accident was not related to a performance at the park.
The investigation is pending. No further details have been released.
All divers, whether diving for employment or for recreational purposes, assume the inherent risks that go along with underwater expeditions. However, this does not mean divers have no legal protection in the event an accident happens. Due to the risks attached, diving accidents often result in serious injury or death. The most common malfunctions that contribute to diving accidents, injuries or deaths include:
• Faulty equipment
• Negligent Training
• Line Entanglements
• Inadequate Guidance
• Lack of Assistance
• Negligent Air Checks
• Improper Instruction
The Florida Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys at Whittel & Melton represent recreational and professional divers who have suffered from diving accidents, as well as the families who have lost loved ones due to these catastrophes. When unfortunate accidents occur while diving, during instruction or during compression, victims and their loved ones deserve to be rightfully compensated for their injuries and losses.
Diving accidents can bring about serious injuries, such as:
• Asphyxia and Anoxia
• Type I and Type II Decompression Sickness
• Lung Damage
• Nitrogen Narcosis also known as “The Bends”
• Drowning and Wrongful Death
After an accident, it may be possible to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. The Florida Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can review the circumstances surrounding you or your loved one’s diving accident and explain the options available to you concerning recovering the compensation you deserve.
If you or a family member has been harmed in a diving accident in Hernando County or throughout the state of Florida, contact the Florida Wrongful Death Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or reach us by phone at 352-666-2121 or dial us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).