Swimming is one of the best full-body workouts around – it gets your heart pumping and blood flowing, and it’s fun too. Your local swimming pool is a great place for the whole family to keep fit, whether you’re an experienced swimmer or are taking lessons. A little safety awareness goes a long way when you’re at a swimming pool, especially if you’re there with younger children. However accidents can happen to even the most cautious of us, and if you or a member of your family has been injured and somebody else is to blame, we could help you claim personal injury compensation. We know that the aftermath of an accident can be a stressful time, which is why Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
Swimming pool injuries
We’re not saying that swimming pools are dangerous places – far from it. The majority are safe, clean and well-run places where you can enjoy swimming alone, or with family and friends. But there are some serious injuries you could sustain at a swimming pool if things go wrong. For example, you could suffer injuries after a slip, trip or fall at a pool – perhaps the changing room floors are wet and nobody has cleaned up. You could slip and suffer injuries ranging from a sprained ankle to a broken leg. A negligent lifeguard who isn’t paying attention could lead to children being injured, either from diving into the pool at the shallow end – which can cause serious spinal or head injuries – or from falling into the deep end when they’re unable to swim.
You could suffer food poisoning after eating at the swimming pool café, or be struck down by an infectious skin condition if the water is not clean. You could even be injured by equipment in the changing rooms, such as a broken locker door or sharp edges on a damaged seat, which could cause lacerations.
Who’s to blame?
In the above cases, the swimming pool management could be held liable for your injuries – if it is a council-owned pool, the council could be ordered to pay you personal injury compensation. But it might be that another member of the public was negligent and caused your injury – for example diving into a crowded pool and landing on you or your child. Whoever is at fault, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim. It’s free to call and get confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton