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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

    Have you slipped in a swimming pool?


    Plenty of people go swimming each week to help them stay fit. Others go because it is an easy form of exercise to do – one that supports the joints. Still more will go swimming in a pool on holiday, whether that is in this country or abroad. When you bear these huge numbers in mind, it is heartening to know very few have slipped in a swimming pool.

    Pool areas are of course going to get wet by their very nature. Walking barefoot around them is something we all do when we go swimming. Yet with that in mind, there is always a slim chance someone could slip. If you are following the health and safety rules and signs that indicate you shouldn’t run around the pool, you shouldn’t slip at all. But what if something happens anyway?

    The dangers of slipping in or around a swimming pool

    All pools are tiled, both in the pool itself and around the edges. This makes it easy to keep clean and more difficult for harmful bacteria to grow on the tiles. Of course, this relies on good cleanliness practices and the ability to make sure appropriate signage is available. Proper signs mean everyone will know how deep each section of the pool is, and not to run at any point.

    If you did slip, you could easily hit your head on the tiles or a set of steps leading down into the pool. You could fall into the pool itself, which could be very dangerous if you knocked yourself out on the way down. Other potential injuries might include bruising and possibly one or two broken bones, especially if you fall awkwardly.

    Could you receive compensation for your injuries?

    This is probably not something you’d immediately think about following an injury that occurs in a situation of this nature. However, if you’ve slipped in a swimming pool and you did hurt yourself, it might be good to work out exactly what happened. Did you slip because you were running when you shouldn’t have been? Or was it that the tiling was unclean and showed signs of wear, causing you to slip because it hadn’t been cleaned properly?

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    Whatever the potential cause, Accident Advice Helpline advisors can assist you in working out if a claim is possible. Just call 0800 689 0500 now. We’re here to assist and to provide no-obligation advice.

    Date Published: June 19, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

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