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    Potential accident claims at the beach

    Potential accident claims at the beach

    Whether it’s family fun, a romantic getaway or a search for adrenaline-fuelled adventure, who doesn’t enjoy a trip to the beach?

    Many people have had their day in the sun scarred by a serious accident in public that caused nasty personal injuries. Therefore, it is important to always be aware of your own safety, even when relaxing on the sand.

    Beach accidents – slips, trips and falls

    The first hazard to discuss is often overlooked, when in fact a little thinking reveals sand as one of the most obvious safety concerns.

    As a walking surface, sand is far from stable. Whether it’s a hidden hole or sudden descent, it is very easy to suffer a trip or fall whilst walking along the beach, and that is before you even consider hazardous obstacles such as deck-chairs, discarded disposable barbecues and large stones.

    Beach accidents – problems in the water

    The potential threats to safety in the sea are both numerous and varied. The main offenders include:

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    • Currents.
    • Sudden changes in the size and pattern of waves.
    • Sharp stones and shells on the sea-bed.
    • Sudden dips or ridges changing the depths of the sea.
    • Potentially harmful creatures such as jellyfish.

    Of course, the sea is a wonderful place to explore but it needs to be done so carefully. You can help protect your safety by:

    • Swimming only at depths with which you are comfortable.
    • Swimming in lifeguard patrolled sections of beach only and stay between the flags.
    • Learning distress signals to indicate that you are in trouble.
    • Read the safety signs that warn of currents etc. and learn the times of the tide.

    Beach accidents: faulty hired products

    Many people enjoy thrilling activities such as jet-skis, speedboats and banana boat rides when at the beach. It’s important to ensure you are hiring from a reputable company who have performed all the necessary safety checks on their equipment and that you don’t feel pressured into doing anything you are not comfortable with.

    Beach accidents: the aftermath

    No matter the nature of your accident, be it an accident at work, road traffic accident or a public fall, Accident Advice Helpline is there to help you get back on your feet with the accident compensation you may be due.

    The freephone advice line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and our legal team work on a no-win, no-fee basis.

    Date Published: February 19, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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