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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 beach accidents?

    Participating in land and water based activities while on a beautiful beach is among the most enjoyable parts of a holiday. Unfortunately, once in a while, the enjoyment may be ruined by accidents on the beach. Who can be held liable for beach accidents depends to a great deal on what happened when, where and why.

    Common beach accidents

    Some of the most common beach accidents include injuries by sharp objects hidden in the sand, slips, trips and falls, and beach sport injuries.

    Beach volleyball accidents, for example, have been known to be the cause of ligament damage, dislocations and even broken bones. Other fairly common beach accidents include:

    • Surfing accidents
    • Kitesurfing accidents
    • Drowning or near drowning after being swept out to sea

    Who is liable for such beach accidents can vary. A lack of signs warning beach users of strong currents, for instance, could mean the authority responsible for the beach and the safety of users could be held liable for resulting drowning or near drowning accidents.


    If a lifeguard is inattentive or behaves in a careless or perhaps even reckless manner, beach injuries resulting from their lack of attention or inappropriate behaviour or actions could mean they can be held liable for such injuries at the beach.

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    Slips and trips

    Injuries by slipping or tripping in beach cafés or shops, for example, would mean those responsible for these premises and the prevention of trips, slips and falls therein could be held liable for slip or trip injuries.

    Establishing liability

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 15 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims. This includes the ability to quickly and efficiently establish who is liable for an accident on a beach.

    What happens next

    Once we have established liability, we can support you throughout your claim and bring it to a successful end with equal efficiency and speed.

    Handling many of the claim processes over the telephone, we often even manage to get claims settled out of court. We can, however, not guarantee this, how long it will take to get the claim settled or how much you will ultimately get, as every situation is different and circumstances can vary significantly.

    Getting in touch

    You can enlist our help by getting in touch with us via our confidential 24/7 freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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