Holidays are meant to be a time of fun and relaxation. Unfortunately, accidents can put a damper on the holiday mood. One of the common questions Accident Advice Helpline gets from our clients after the holidays is, “Can I claim for slipping at a hotel swimming pool?” The answer to this question mainly depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Slipping near the swimming pool
Swimming pools are a haven for accidents. The combination of a mass of water and a hard surface provides potential for various injuries. A slipping accident at the poolside can have devastating consequences. The most common injuries include fractures or sprains. Individuals can also sustain head injuries or develop paralysis because of slipping near a pool. Serious accidents can result in death by drowning.
The most common cause of slipping accidents at a hotel pool is poorly maintained floor tiling and drainage. Uneven floor tiling can cause pools of water to collect, making the area slippery. Other people’s reckless behaviour can also lead to an accident. For instance, pushing or shoving someone can make them lose their footing in the wet area around a swimming pool.
Who is responsible for my accident?
The owners of the hotel have a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent accidents on their premises. This includes ensuring that the tiles around a swimming pool are properly maintained and are fit for use. Furthermore, clear signs warning people to be careful around the pool area should be put up. It is also the hotel owner’s responsibility to hire enough lifeguards to supervise activity in the swimming pool.
Do I have a valid claim?
If you can prove that the hotel owners did not do enough to ensure the safety of their hotel guests, leading to your accident, then you might have grounds for claiming compensation for slipping at the hotel’s swimming pool.
We at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if your claim falls within the following parameters:
- The holiday and the unfortunate accident took place in the last three years.
- You suffered injuries and received medical attention for them.
- The accident happened through no fault of your own.
You should also retain records of the doctor’s prescription and receipts of any expenses you incurred because of the accident. These will provide crucial evidence to support your slipping accident claim.
What can Accident Advice Helpline do for me?
As a leading law firm in the UK, we have many years’ experience dealing with various personal injury cases. We know what is required to build up a winning compensation claim. We also understand that chasing solicitors and compensation might be the last thing on your mind after a traumatic accident.
That is why we strive to make the claims process as fast and hassle free as possible. We can help you claim for slipping at a hotel swimming pool by proving negligence on the part of the hotel owners.
Simply call our 24-hour free helpline on 0800 689 0500 or fill in our online claim form and one of our advisers will take it from there.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown