If you want to become a lifeguard you must make sure you complete the appropriate training course. You should also be a very good swimmer, since you may need to use this skill to reach someone who is in danger. Certainly, while it makes sense to have no fear of the water, you should also have a respect for it, particularly if you are going to work on a beach somewhere.
Lifeguard injury compensation is not often paid out, because it is uncommon for a lifeguard to be injured owing to the fault of another person. However, it can happen, and if it does there is a chance you could indeed receive compensation for any injuries you have sustained in that situation.
What might happen that could lead to lifeguard injury compensation?
We have already mentioned the importance of proper training. If you do not receive this and it affects the way you work, injuring you in the process, you might have good cause to make a claim. Similarly you should be issued with appropriate clothing and rescue items to help you do your job. If this has not happened it could risk your life unnecessarily.
Risks can change depending on where the lifeguard works. For example if you work on a beach you are in the natural world. This might mean rescuing people from the sea or helping them if they get into trouble on the rocks. In contrast, working at a leisure centre that has a pool means you will be in an enclosed space. You might find you have a greater chance of slipping over if you are walking around a pool area that has not been kept clean.
Can you claim?
It can be difficult to tell whether your injuries would result in a successful claim. That is why we would always suggest you call the team here at Accident Advice Helpline. With years’ of experience behind us, we are well-placed to ensure you can find out whether you do have a good case to argue.
If this is so, or if you need no-obligation advice about what happened to you, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now. We can determine whether you have a good argument to make for compensation. We can pair you up with one of our lawyers who can handle your case too, so call now to see exactly where you stand.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead