If you have been to a swimming pool sometime in the recent past, you will know most pools have a diving board in place for people to use. Some will have several of them, set at different heights, so people can practise diving at different levels.
While you may not always be able to use them, depending on the rules and regulations of the individual pool, they are normally available for use at set times. The one thing you can normally count on however is that the boards will be in good condition for use.
Are diving boards safe?
They should be, although there are of course cases where people have been hurt while diving off them. However many injuries are the fault of the diver, as they misjudge or miscalculate a dive and end up hitting some part of their body on the board as they go down.
It is rarer for someone to be hurt because of a defect or fault with the board itself. However if this did occur, that person could claim diving board injury compensation from the owners of the pool. The owners do, after all, have a responsibility to make sure they provide a safe environment for people to use.
What might go wrong?
Older diving boards may not be in good condition. They could be crumbling or otherwise flawed in some way. If they are not installed correctly they could break or otherwise throw someone off balance. If they are slippery because they are never cleaned, this could also lead to someone falling off them. You wouldn’t expect any of these examples to be true, but in isolated cases they might be. You could be the unlucky one if you pick the wrong pool to try.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide in-depth and no-obligation advice just when it is needed most. If you have been injured while using a diving board and you think the board was faulty, make sure you call us on 0800 689 0500. Our team of lawyers can look at your case to see whether there is indeed evidence of negligence that could help support your claim. If they decide you have a case, they may be able to take it on with a no win, no fee agreement. Why not find out today whether this would be the case for you?
Date Published: October 25, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead