Paddling pools may seem to be fairly innocent and safe to use, and for the most part this is definitely the case. For instance you can be sure children will usually have a great time in public paddling pools, of which there are many up and down the country. There will rarely be any accidents or incidents that might take place at such venues.
However, there is the isolated chance that paddling pool drowning incidents might occur. Even though very little water is involved in paddling pools of this kind, it can be enough for a child to drown in. Paddling pool drowning incidents don’t need to be fatal either – a child can suffer a near-fatal experience and recover from it.
Are such incidents common?
Thankfully for all concerned the answer is no. There is rarely any chance of a drowning incident occurring, but if this happens there will undoubtedly be questions to answer. For example if there are staff on hand to ensure the children are safe, they may not have seen a child in distress or trouble. This is unlikely but it can potentially happen.
This would undoubtedly be distressing not only for the child but for the parents as well. Initially you may not think of who might be to blame for such an incident, but once you have some distance from what happened you may start to wonder what the circumstances were surrounding it.
Finding out more information
Clearly the main thing to do in such a situation would be to have expert advice regarding what happened. Finding out if someone was negligent in providing a safe pool to use is very important indeed.
If there is an issue with the pool that may have led to your child’s incident occurring, it may affect other children if nothing is done about it. Thus it is worth finding out whether negligence did indeed play a part.
Make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline if your child has been through an experience like this. Providing it occurred within the last three-year period you have a chance to get in touch. Use our free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 to speak with an adviser.
With free no-obligation advice on offer from us it makes sense for you to get in contact with our team as soon as you possibly can, doesn’t it?
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen