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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The consequences of negligent lifeguards


    Plenty of people love the water. You may head out to the beach with the kids on a sunny and warm day in the summer. Perhaps you are a keen swimmer all year round, going to your local pool several times a week. Maybe you have even gone to a lido nearby, if you are lucky enough to live near one. Wherever you go, the consequences of negligent lifeguards aren’t generally something you would expect to encounter.

    Lifeguards receive extensive training to enable them to do their jobs correctly and to the standards that would be expected of them. To this end, it is very rare that we would hear stories about lifeguards who have fallen short of the standards expected.

    How could a lifeguard be negligent?

    This could potentially happen in a number of ways. For example, a lifeguard may be on duty on a beach or at a pool, but their attention could be elsewhere. If they fail to see someone is in danger, and they do not attempt to rescue them, that individual could end up being seriously hurt. You would expect any lifeguard to be the first on the scene if something happened, after all.

    They also provide ample advice to those attending the seaside or a pool. For example, they may issue warnings that alert people to dangerous tides, or ask people not to run in the area surrounding a pool. It is rare that anything like this will happen, but if it did, and you were injured because you believe the lifeguard didn’t do their job, you could end up having good evidence to make a no win, no fee claim.

    Can you really claim compensation?

    There is a chance this could be the case, yes. The way to find out for sure is to call Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve been assisting people in similar situations for over 15 years now, and there is a chance we might help you as well.

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    Our number is available now, 24 hours a day, on 0800 689 0500. Even if it is a Sunday, you can still call. Alternatively, we’ve created a fast 30-second test on our website that can provide you with an instant answer as to whether you might be able to claim. The consequences of lifeguard negligence can be serious and far-reaching, not to mention frightening. Find out now if you could claim.

    Date Published: May 9, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

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