During the summer months, a trip to your local pool can be a great way for you to cool off. Many families take regular trips to the pool and children may also take swimming lessons or diving classes. There should always be a pool attendant or lifeguard watching over those in the pool to ensure that no-one gets into difficulty or needs assistance. This is particularly important when there are children present or beginner swimmers.
A lifeguard must be trained to cope with any event that they may be faced with, including drowning or someone being injured in the pool. They are there to prevent accidents from happening (e.g. slipping, falling) and to provide advice to help people stay safe. A negligent lifeguard may fail in his/her duty of care to you or a family member causing an injury or a near-fatality. Should this occur, you can make a claim for compensation where there is evidence of negligence.
Examples of lifeguard negligence
Although it is uncommon, a negligent lifeguard may fail to do his/her duty causing an accident or injury to you or a member of your family. This may be a case of near-drowning or someone slipping at the side of the pool. If you have spotted that the lifeguard was not watching the pool as well as they should or that a civilian helped you in the pool because the lifeguard did not, then you may be able to claim for compensation. Of course, you can also claim for compensation for a negligent lifeguard on the beach who causes you an injury. If you have suffered because of any lifeguard who has failed in their duty of care, you may be able to win a cash payout with some help.
How Accident Advice Helpline can assist you
As a law firm that has been in business since the year 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of accident victims to claim compensation from the party at fault. Where there is evidence, we can help you to claim for a cash sum from those at fault for your injury or accident. Call our free 24-hour line on 0800 689 0500 to speak to an adviser or contact us via our website using our 30-second test. You have a right to compensation if you have been injured in a swimming pool or at the beach because of lifeguard negligence.