Many people enjoy a trip to the pool when they are on holiday or at home. Swimming is great fun, as well as being an excellent way to keep fit. However, the last thing you want from a family day out or a relaxing evening swim after work is to end up in your local accident and emergency department. If you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall at the swimming pool for which you are not to blame, you may be eligible for compensation.
Swimming pool accidents: what causes slips and trips?
Swimming pools are hazardous places for a number of reasons; the most obvious cause of slips and trips is slippery surfaces where people are walking around with wet feet and water spilling over from the pool. The risk of injury is particularly high when running around the pool, which is a common cause of accidents among children visiting the swimming pools. Other possible causes of slips and trips include obstructions and uneven surfaces.
Public accidents: other hazards at the swimming pool
In addition to slips, trips and falls, a visit to the local leisure centre may also carry risks such as drowning, injuries caused by poorly maintained equipment such as diving boards or slides, and illnesses associated with imbalances in the chemicals used to clean the pool.
Preventing falls in a public place
In most cases, slips, trips and falls in a public place can be prevented by effective health and safety measures. Swimming pool managers and lifeguards should take care to implement the relevant guidelines to reduce the risk of accidents and keep swimmers safe. Often, this involves simple measures such as checking that equipment is safe and well maintained, removing obstructions from around the pool and installing non-slip flooring.
Public place accident compensation
If you’ve had a fall at the swimming pool or any other public place and it wasn’t your fault, contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about public liability claims. Our firm operate a 24-hour helpline and are sponsored by consumer rights campaigner Esther Rantzen. You could be entitled to a payout which could help towards the cost of medical care, rehabilitation or lost earnings after your accident. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to get started on your claim.