Diving Accidents

Since 1988, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has represented families who have lost loved ones to someone else's negligent actions. Our firm has a proven track record of success, winning millions of dollars in rightful compensation for our clients.

Miami Diving Accident Attorneys

Representing Victims of Scuba Diving Accidents in South Florida and Nationwide

When you take time away from your hectic life to enjoy a tropical resort in scenic South Florida, you never expect to suffer catastrophic injuries while scuba diving – or to watch your loved one suffer injuries. Unfortunately, every year thousands are injured in serious diving accidents, both in Florida and across the United States.

In some cases, you may be able to seek compensation after a scuba diving accident injury, if it was directly caused by another person or organization’s negligence. At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, our Miami diving accident lawyers offer special knowledge and decades of experience seeking justice in these complex cases, and we can represent your interests throughout the legal process.

Find out why people nationwide choose our firm to investigate the facts and represent them in these important circumstances. Contact us at (866) 629-1061 or schedule a free consultation online today.

What Causes Diving Accident Injuries?

According to Diver Magazine, at least 100 people die in North America while diving every year, making diving a fairly “high risk” activity (relative to the total number of people who participate in scuba diving). While most scuba diving injuries are linked to diver inexperience, there are many ways that an instructor or piece of diving equipment can fail you, especially if you are newer to this activity.

For example, sometimes the scuba diving equipment is not tested properly and malfunctions — or a series of preventable events leads to a diving accident or death. In other cases, a diving operation is not adequately staffed or trained, exposing you and others to safety risks.

Some other issues that can lead to catastrophic diving-related injuries:

  • Failure of diving guide to properly supervise the dive
  • Gas supply tank problems and oxygen supply issues
  • Scuba equipment malfunctions and defects
  • Lack of buoyancy control
  • Turbulence in the water
  • Attacks or injuries caused by dangerous sea life
  • Triggering of pre-existing health conditions (high blood pressure, heart issues, lung issues)
  • Negligently trained diving guides

Our team at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has often represented scuba diving injury victims in similar claims in the past, even taking on some of the more niche and unusual cases within this industry. In one such instance, we represented Andrew Gallo, a man who became a quadriplegic after injuring his head on the shallow bottom of a re-nourished sandbar. Because the Ritz Carlton South Beach hotel had not warned him about the dangers, he was left permanently disabled. We also secured $10.5 million for another client who became paralyzed when he dove into the ocean in the Florida Keys.

Damages Associated with Diving Accidents

Some of the most common injuries that result from swimming and scuba diving accidents in the ocean:

  • Arterial Gas Embolism (AGE)
  • Drowning
  • Non-traumatic brain injury (caused by lack of oxygen)
  • Traumatic brain injury (caused by blunt force contact in the water)
  • Heart attacks
  • Infections and amputations due to wildlife encounters

If you or a loved one suffered from serious injuries like these while scuba diving or swimming at a resort, you may be entitled to compensation. While not all of these injuries are entirely preventable, swimming and scuba instructors have a responsibility to ensure that you are as safe as possible in the water and that you are fully prepared for this activity. After an accident, our Miami attorneys will help you investigate what went wrong and demand accountability for any losses.

Contact us at (866) 629-1061 to get started with a free consultation, or submit our online contact form today.

A Legacy of Putting Our Clients First

Working With Grossman, Roth, Yaffa & Cohen
  • Changing Lives by Changing The Law

    Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.

  • A Team of Legal Professionals

    Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.

  • There Are No Upfront Legal Fees

    We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.

  • We Understand the Medicine

    Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians. 


Millions Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients
  • Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge Collapse $100,000,000
  • Personal Injury Miami-Dade College Parking Garage Collapse
  • Bal Harbour Residential Building Collapse Confidential Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Orthopedic Medical Malpractice

    A Punta Gorda, Florida woman in her forties visited an ear, nose, and throat specialist for a check-up due to fatigue. After performing a brief examination, the doctor at the facility recommended that she undergo parathyroid surgery, however he did not order the necessary radiological scan that determines which side of her neck should be operated on. Without that information available, the surgeon began on the wrong side of her neck and did not realize his error until they were well into the procedure.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Woman Who Lost Her Leg After Misdiagnosis

    A woman in her sixties was brought to a hospital after she slipped and fell, injuring her leg and causing severe pain. During her treatment, the hospital staff failed to notice that the impact had caused a blood clot behind her knee, which was restricting circulation to the rest of her leg. Over time, the untreated clot cut off blood flow to the point where her leg was beyond saving and needed amputation.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Family of Mother Who Died During Childbirth

    In 2015, a 23-year-old mother began experiencing severe complications while giving birth in Charlotte County, Florida. The hospital’s staff did not give her the attention she needed, and failed to realize that her complications required an emergency transfer to a Sarasota County Hospital, which had the needed staff and equipment to treat her. The mother and her unborn child eventually died in the hospital.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Misdiagnosis of a Blood Clot

    A 68-year-old man was complaining about pain in his left leg, which was swollen, red, and painful. He went to a local emergency room, and the family asked the doctor if it was a blood clot. The doctor assured the family that it was not a blood clot but was instead cellulitis from a sunburn. When the patient returned home the next day, he died of a pulmonary embolism due to the blood clot that was initially suspected by the family.

  • Medical Malpractice Over $1 Million Settlement for Medical Malpractice Victim

    A middle-aged man had a history of an aortic aneurysm. His plan was to fly to Stanford University, where a doctor was scheduled to repair the aneurysm. Rather than starting the transfer to Stanford the day he arrived, the hospital waited three days and then failed to get his insurance company to pay for the transfer. Tragically, while the patient was speaking with the insurance company on the phone about the transfer, the aneurysm ruptured, and he died.

  • Jury Verdict Against the University of Florida $23,500,000

    A $23.5 million medical malpractice jury verdict against the University of Florida on behalf of a woman who suffered a massive stroke when a medical procedure to ease her migraines went wrong.

  • Jury Verdict on Behalf of a Former Major League Baseball Star $898,000

    A medical malpractice jury verdict on behalf of a former Major League Baseball star against an ophthalmologist for negligence in the removal of a cataract and implantation of an artificial lens in our client’s left eye.

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