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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Who’s liable for an accident at a public swimming pool?

    It’s normal to worry about the safety of your children, especially when they are using facilities such as a public swimming pool, where a nasty slip, trip or fall could occur. When it comes to determining liability, it is not a simple black and white process as to who is at fault. In this article we’ll be looking at some possible scenarios of an accident at a public swimming pool and who is at fault in each instance.


    When your child is using the public pool, the lifeguards and other staff owe a duty of care to your child. When this duty of care has been breached, this is known as negligence. In the case of negligence, the management of the public swimming pool in question would be at fault for any accidents that occur to your child. An example of negligence might be that the lifeguard was not paying adequate attention at the time of the accident or accordingly failed to react to an accident.

    Defective facilities

    What happens if the facilities at the public swimming pool in question are defective? To use an example, if your child was injured using a slide in the swimming pool that was found to be defective through improper installation or a lack of maintenance, then the owners or operators of the swimming pool would be liable. In the case of a public swimming pool, the party at fault would be the local authority that operates the swimming pool.

    When are management not at fault?

    There are a number of instances where management may not be found liable due to contributory negligence from the injured party. To put this in simple terms, if your child were to dive into the swimming pool despite signs expressly forbidding diving, then the management may not be found liable for any injuries that your child has suffered.

    If your child has had an accident at a public swimming pool and it was someone else’s fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation on their behalf. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information. All claims are made entirely on a no-win-no-fee basis and you won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone.

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    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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