Staged in safe, clean lakes, docklands and lochs across the UK, the Great Swim is a series of open water swimming events involving participants swimming to raise funds for charities. The Great North Swim is part of this series. Although these events are carefully organised and supervised to ensure participants and spectators are kept safe, accidents can and will happen.
The tragic events of this year’s Great North Swim, where a participant became ill while in the water and died later in spite of immediate help by emergency teams clearly highlight the fact that participants must choose their distance wisely and according to their abilities/ general state of health. Possible distances include five kilometres, one or two miles and half a mile. To prevent personal injuries, all participants are required to wear well-fitting wetsuits and embark on regular pre-event training to enhance their fitness and assist in determining their most suitable choice of distance.
Other ways of preventing accidental injuries
Participants should obviously avoid eating heavy meals or consuming alcohol before the event, and it is recommended to arrive early to ensure the safety meeting where participants are briefed in all necessary procedures to ensure their health and safety can be attended. Naturally, it is vital to follow all instructions provided carefully.
Event stewards, participants and spectators should also be aware of the potential risk of injuries by slipping on wet surfaces or injuries by tripping over participant’s gear, wiring and/or other trip hazards.
Participants, event officials or spectators injured by accidents during the Great North Swim may be entitled to claim for accidental injury compensation if their injury was caused by another individual’s mistake, inappropriate behaviour or negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline
Claims may be initiated by contacting one of the advisors of Accident Advice Helpline via the company’s free phone number. Calls are kept in strict confidentiality, and callers are not obliged to pursue claims with the company following their informal consultation with an advisor. Those that do decide to use this highly respected law firm to pursue their claim will be offered the no win no fee* services of an experience in-house compensation solicitor. It should be noted that neither advisors nor the assigned solicitors are able to predict exact compensation amounts to be expected, as claim circumstances can vary significantly and making such predictions could be potentially misleading and would therefore, be highly irresponsible.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice