FREE BOOK AVAILABLE ON REQUEST OR READ ON LINE FROM A LEADING DIVER"S LAW FIRM IN NEW ORLEANS
It is said that there are "old divers and bold divers,but no old bold divers. If you are a professional diver you know the saying and you know its true. Despite their own best efforts and following all of the rules and recommended practices some time the negligence of others lead to death and injury. Diving law is complex. Diving causes of action happen in a maritime context, often vessels are involved but the status of the diver as seaman or harbor worker is often complex and the tests are circumstantial. Injured divers or their survivors need specially trained and experienced lawyers. On the Central Gulf Coast you might try T Attorneys at Law and Admiralty . We are afraid that we can't recommend them per se as we don't actually know the firm or the individual lawyers but we have no negative information either. However we are in the business of reviewing maritime books and we can recommend a book they publish both on line and in print. Delise and Hall's LEGAL RIGHTS OF COMMERCIAL DIVERS. This is a work that every commercial diver who aspires to one day be an old diver should read. It provides a great deal of practical information on what to do in the wake of an accident with injury and what to expect as the maritime claims process proceeds. While the legal concepts are complete the book is written in non technical language and its messages are clear. The Price is spot on, it's free, as in zip, nada, zero. Basically the firm makes the book available on line at: http://www.divelawyer.com/for-divers/publications/legal-rights-of-commercial-divers/ and will also mail you a paper copy for the asking. If you click on either of the links above you will pull up the table of contents. Click on any subject of interest in the table of contents and the text will appear. OK you spent a lot of time learning about buoyancy compensation, the dive tables and decompression, special gases, the bends, etc. take a little time and learn about the laws that are supposed to protect you.