Legal Issues Associated with Diving Fatalities: Panel Discussion.

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Title: Legal Issues Associated with Diving Fatalities: Panel Discussion.
Author: Concannon, DG
Abstract: A panel of five attorneys — David G. Concannon, Stephen L. Hewitt, Francois Jaeck, Craig S. Jenni and Mark A. Hruska — discussed common legal issues associated with diving fatalities. The panel addressed the personal and financial costs associated with scuba diving fatalities, major factors leading to scuba fatality litigation, shortcomings of accident investigations and suggestions for improvement, how the lack of investigative information can be problematic in litigation, cooperation with first responders and medical examiners to facilitate effective incident investigation, the collection of data for research and education of the diving community, the impact of fatalities on liability insurance, changing legal standards in Europe, and methods for enhancing international training and diver education to reduce future fatalities. The panel discussed ways to improve information gathering, from the collection of evidence at an accident scene through the litigation process. A lack of solid information about the underlying causes of diving fatalities creates uncertainty, which leads to litigation, higher insurance premiums, massive costs and ultimately the continued loss of life. More and better data must be collected to determine exactly what is causing divers to die.
Description: Copyright © 2011 by Divers Alert Network, 6 West Colony Place Durham, NC 27705. This book is available for download at no cost as a PDF file from the Divers Alert Network website (http://www.DiversAlertNetwork.org/). Opinions and data presented at the Conference and in these Proceedings are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Divers Alert Network.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9311
Date: 2011

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