Suffering a swimming pool accident on a cruise can be a distressing and painful time. In the aftermath of an accident, all you want is the comforts of home.
However, if you are the victim of a swimming pool accident on a cruise, home is far, far away. Of course, medical personnel will be on board to take care of you, but it’s not the same as being back in your own home.
I’ve suffered a swimming pool accident on a cruise – can I make a compensation claim?
Swimming pools on cruise ships are subject to the same health and safety expectations as other public pools on land. Making a successful compensation claim after a swimming pool accident on a cruise depends on three main factors.
- The accident needs to have occurred within the three years prior to the claims process being started
- The accident needs to demonstrably be the fault of someone else or the result of negligence
- A medical professional needs to confirm that the subsequent injuries were caused by the accident
It is the second point – the issue of liability – that often decides the outcome of an accident compensation claim. For example, if a loose paving slab on the swimming pool badly cuts your foot, you may be able to make a claim. However, if you suffer a slip, trip or fall at the poolside because you are running, you may be found to be at fault for the accident.
Having said that, it depends on the safety measures the cruise ship has in place around the pool. For example, no running and slippery surface signs are usually essential, especially for warning children. There should also be lifeguards on duty at all times when the pool is open. Failure to have qualified staff in place, or the staff’s failure to respond sufficiently quickly, can be classed as negligence.
Where can I get help with my compensation claim following a swimming pool accident on a cruise?
Accident Advice Helpline is perfectly placed to guide you through the entire claims process. With over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, our lawyers settle the majority of cases out of court.
Furthermore, they work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. To get your compensation claim started, talk to one of our expert advisors today.
You can reach them by dialling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice