From cuts and bruises to broken limbs, paralysis and drowning, swimming pool accidents can result in an array of accidental injuries of varying severity. To prevent sustaining potentially life changing or even fatal accidents around the swimming pool, it is important to follow a few simple safety rules.
Staying safe around the pool
Whether you are visiting the local pool, have your own pool at home or are on holiday abroad, remembering these rules could potentially safe your life or that of others:
- Prevent slips, trips and falls by walking around the pool area, rather than running
- Be mindful of other people when entering the water
- Do not swim immediately after a meal
- Do not swim after consuming alcohol or drugs
- Do not dive into the water (especially near the shallow end)
Lifeguards and safety rules are not there to ruin your enjoyment, but to keep you safe. Follow instructions and take note of safety signs to ensure you and others are not at risk of sustaining injuries by falling, slipping or tripping or other pool-side accidents.
Children by the pool
It only takes seconds for children to drown. They must therefore, be supervised continually. Taking your eyes of them or leaving the pool area without them even for just a moment could result in tragedy, so make sure someone is watching them at all times.
Other pool users
Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to obey basic pool safety rules. Even pool owners occasionally fail to take simple safety precautions or provide lifeguard cover. Should you suffer an injury by tripping, slipping or falling or by any other swimming pool related accident through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Making your claim
If you were injured by an accident at the pool and someone else was responsible for the accident, call our helpline on 0800 689 0500. This line is open 24/7 and calls are confidential. The advisor answering your call will first of all ask about the accident (when, where and how it happened); the extent of your personal injury and whether you required and/or received medical assistance. This is done to establish your claim eligibility. Once our advisor has confirmed that you are entitled to make a claim for compensation, you will be offered the services of an experienced in-house injury solicitor to handle your claim under a conditional fee agreement.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice