Swimming is often touted as a healthy sport to get into. If you have pre-existing injuries the water will often support them instead of putting too much pressure on them. As such you can end up being able to exercise with as little risk as possible.
There are people who have suffered an injury in a swimming pool. In these cases there could be the chance of leaving the pool in worse shape than when you turned up. There are potential situations that might occur that could result in injury to you. The people who are responsible for managing the pool must make sure they exercise their duty of care towards everyone who uses it. This means adhering to all the health and safety rules that are in place.
Slips and trips
These are perhaps most common in the areas around the pool. Everyone should be aware that running is not allowed and there should be signs up to this effect. Lifeguards should also be on duty to ensure everyone adheres to the rules. In other cases there could be cuts and bruises experienced because the surface around the pool is potentially dangerous and it might be uneven or sharp along the edges of some of the tiles.
The pool itself should also be safe to use. There should be no problems with the filtration system that could potentially cause suction-related injuries while someone is in the pool. The pool itself should also be clearly marked so everyone is aware of where the different depths start and end.
What can you do if you have sustained an injury in a swimming pool?
You should alert the people on-site initially as this could prevent someone else from being hurt in the same way. Every business should have an accident book and your injury should be noted down in this. There should also be a first aid person on-site who can check your injury and provide first aid if required. You may then see your own GP or seek further help if necessary.
You may also want to call Accident Advice Helpline if you have the chance. Our number is free to call on 0800 689 0500 and this could potentially be the call that leads to a successful no win, no fee* claim. Ringing us could be a good move to make if you want to seek compensation for your injury.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead