If you have recently had an accident in a hot tub or at a health centre, you may be wondering: can I claim for an injury at a sauna? The answer is yes, providing that the incident happened in the last three years and that you can prove a third party was at fault. Accident Advice Helpline regularly deals with compensation claims for accidents occurring in a wide variety of locations – including saunas. When you call our free 24-hour helpline, you will be able to speak to one of our friendly professional advisers who will assess your claim and discuss the options available to you.
Saunas are now increasingly common – whether in private clubs, hotels, leisure centres, gymnasiums or even in our own homes. They are places to come and relax and enjoy the health benefits of steam and hot water. But it is important to be aware of the hazards inherent in the sauna environment. It is easy to slip, trip or fall – especially in a wet environment like a sauna. Hot surfaces can cause burns and scalds. There is also the danger of illness or infection if the sauna is not kept properly clean.
It is the duty of the sauna management to maintain a clean and safe environment. This includes maintaining the sauna, which should be properly designed for appropriate public use. Regular inspections should be made and repairs should be carried out immediately. The public should not be admitted into areas which are under repair or awaiting cleaning. Safe operating practices and risk management procedures should be rigorously upheld.
Additives are sometimes used in saunas to create scented steam. In this case users should be warned beforehand in case of allergies. Other precautionary advice should also be provided. Most saunas are well-managed and safe environments. Although in a case where these standards have not been met and give way to illness or injury at a sauna, then you could have cause for a compensation claim.
How to claim
Evidence is the cornerstone of any compensation claim. Make a note of the contact details of any witnesses to your accident. They must be able to confirm that a third party was at fault. Photographs are also useful – both of your injury and the cause (for example a sharp edge on a seat or a faulty heater). Our expert lawyers will use the evidence you provide to build the best possible case for compensation. As Accident Advice Helpline works on a strict no win, no fee* basis, we will only pursue your case if we feel we have an excellent chance of winning. To get a rough idea of how much compensation you may be entitled to, simply answer a few quick questions using our 30-second online compensation claim calculator.
Most of our consultations can be carried out over the phone, so there is no need for you to travel to attend meetings or to represent yourself in court. You may be required to attend a simple medical examination, but otherwise our experienced and trustworthy lawyers will do all the work for you. Call our free 24 hour helpline today.
Date Published: October 18, 2014
Author: David Brown