Diving board accidents can be the result of poor board maintenance, improper supervision of users, and/ or improper use by pool visitors. Either way, injuries by diving board accident can be severe and include anything from minor cuts and bruises to broken limbs, head injuries, and even death.
Injuries by pool accidents involving diving boards can affect those actually diving off them, and those already in the water below. Divers must ensure there is no risk of injuring another pool user by ensuring the water below them is clear of other people before diving. Pool attendants and life guards should be on hand to spot and prevent potentially dangerous situations from causing injury to pool visitors. In addition, pool operators are required to ensure diving boards, and other pool equipment, are properly maintained and appropriate warnings and safety advice is provided via suitable signs and notice boards to ensure the safety of users.
Visitors injured in diving board related, or other leisure pool accidents (including slips, trips or falls), may qualify for personal injury compensation if the accident causing their injury was not their fault. In order to be eligible to claim, the injury by pool accident must have been incurred no longer than three years ago.
Responsibility for personal injuries
Responsibility for the accidental injury may, depending on the surrounding circumstances, lie with the pool’s owner or operator, or another visiting individual. In a case of an individual jumping off the diving board in spite of being warned about the presence of other bathers by pool personnel, for example, this person would be liable to pay compensation to any person injured by their inappropriate action. Accidental injuries following the pool owner or operator’s failure to provide relevant safety advice and warnings, on the other hand, may become the owner or operator’s responsibility.
Accident Advice Helpline
Claim eligibility and questions of responsibility can be easily determined and answered by talking to the helpful and experienced advisers of the Accident Advice Helpline. Claims are assessed and dealt with by a team of legal experts with 13 years of accidental injury claim experience, and on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis. Calls are obligation-free and confidential, and advisers can be reached via a Freephone number. In many cases, claims are conducted entirely via the telephone, often with no need for claimants to attend court, at any time, during the process of settling their compensation claim. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown