Whizzing down a water slide at high speed can be exhilarating, but as with most fun-packed activities, there is a risk of injury. If you’re preparing to brave the rides and slides at a water park, here are some of the most common injuries caused by water slides to try and avoid.
Water slide injuries
Swimming pools and water parks are designed to be safe places where everyone can get wet and have fun. Sadly, occasionally, accidents happen, and it’s possible to emerge from a water slide with an injury. Here are the 3 most common injuries caused by water slides:
- Cuts and lacerations: these are the most common type of water slide injury, and they usually result from catching your skin on the edges of the slide. In most cases, cuts are minor, and it won’t take long to stem the bleeding. If you have a plaster with you, use a cotton pad or a bit of damp tissue and apply pressure to the wound and then apply the plaster. If you don’t, seek attention from the lifeguard. All facilities should have a first aid kit on site.
- Grazes and friction burns: the contact between the slide and your bare skin can result in grazes and friction burns. To avoid this, try and make sure there’s plenty of water on the slide before you let go and don’t stop once you’re on your way down.
- Fractures: if you lose your balance while you’re coming down the slide and you bang against the wall of the tube or you come out of the water at full force, you could suffer a broken bone. You may notice symptoms including severe pain and swelling. If you suspect you may have a fracture, you’ll need to have an X-ray.
Is it possible to claim for water slide injuries?
It is possible to claim for water slide injuries provided that you have evidence to show that you were not to blame for your holiday accident. If the slide was faulty, for example, the company that runs the water park would be liable. If you’d like to find out more about claiming for a water park accident or you’re keen to see if you have a viable water slide injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone or take the 30-second eligibility test online. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and the majority of our clients do not have to attend court proceedings.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice