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    Can I claim for an accident as a lifeguard?


    Can I claim for an accident as a lifeguard?” is one of the many questions you may ask yourself if you have been injured whilst trying to save someone’s life. Although being a lifeguard is usually regarded as a “fun” job, it poses many risks to the people responsible for protecting others. In addition, developing a career as lifeguard is quite difficult because this job requires bravery, skill, and physical and psychological strength.  

    Getting injured whilst working as a lifeguard

    Lifeguards are hired for the sole purpose of protecting the people swimming in pool, sea, or ocean waters. But to succeed in their jobs, lifeguards need appropriate training, clothing, and equipment. Employers are responsible for providing their employees with all of these. Additionally, employers must eliminate all the risks that could endanger the health and safety of their staff.

    Although working as a swimming pool lifeguard involves some risks, working as a beach lifeguard is far more dangerous. Sharp cliffs, rocky coves, and very deep waters are just a few elements that describe the dangers that a beach lifeguard may face every single day. On the other hand, a swimming pool lifeguard who is trying to save someone’s life can get injured accidentally by other swimmers. As you can see, your job as a lifeguard implies many risks even if your employer does everything to protect you from harm.

    You have been injured – find out what your employer could have done to protect you

    If you have already completed the National Beach Lifeguard Qualification course, it is important to know that this course represents the most basic form of qualification that you need in order to work as a beach lifeguard. In addition to this course, your employer should have offered you in-service training and sent you to special lifeguard courses before asking you to save lives. Insufficiently trained lifeguards are a potential danger not only to themselves, but also to others around them, including the people they are supposed to save.

    If your employer has failed to train you sufficiently and, as a result, you sustained an injury or someone died because of you, and now you suffer from emotional and psychological trauma, you can make a claim against him or her.

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    If you have not received a complete answer to the question “Can I claim for an accident as a lifeguard?” we invite you to contact our personal injury solicitors. Operating under a no-win, no-fee* policy, our lawyers will study your case and offer you qualified legal advice without asking you to pay a penny.

    Furthermore, we can pursue your claim on your behalf if you require so. If you win, the at-fault party will be required to compensate you for your suffering; if you lose, you will not owe us a penny as we operate entirely on a no win no fee* basis. If you are ready to speak with us, call our freephone number on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: February 9, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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