Paddle boards are floating devices (similar to surfboards but wider), where the person stands on the board and uses an oar to move and maneuver the board. It somewhat of a “cross” between surfing and kayaking, though the person is generally moving slower. They are sometimes called by other names, such as “stand-up paddleboards”.
Paddle board injuries can occur in many ways. These generally involve the person losing their balance and falling off of the board, or colliding with an object, such as a boat, a surfer or swimmer, or other similar obstacles in the water. Paddle board injuries can be similar to those associated with surfing or with boating accidents, such as: head or neck injuries; abrasions from striking rocks under water; joint/bone injuries; and in some cases, drowning or near-drowning experiences.
Who Can be Held Liable for a Paddle Board Injury?
In many cases, a person who uses a paddle board assumes various risks of injury. However, there are instances where a third party can be held liable for a paddle board injury. For example, if the injury is caused by a defect with the paddle board or with the paddle board equipment, the manufacturer might be liable for the injury.
In other cases, another person in the water can be held liable for negligence or recklessness if they disregard their duty of care and cause injury to a paddle boarder (for instance, if a person drove a boat negligently into a boarder).
In addition, a paddle board instructor or coach can sometimes be held liable for an injury for actions such as:
- Forcing the student to perform maneuvers beyond their skill level
- Leading the student into dangers waters or conditions (such as rough waters or bad weather conditions)
Are there any Legal Remedies for Paddle Board Injuries?
Paddle board injury claims may lead to various legal remedies. Depending on the case, remedies can include a damages award to compensate the injured party for losses. The amount of the damages depends on various factors, such as the extent of the injury as well as state laws. In other cases, other remedies can be involved such as a product recall. Some states place caps on the total amount of damages a person can recover in an injury case.
Do I Need a Lawyer for help with a Paddle Board Injury Claim?
Paddle board injuries can be serious due to the equipment involved as well as the general safety aspects involved with water activities. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need any assistance or guidance with a paddle board injury claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal research and representation in the event that you need to file a lawsuit for damages.