According to the HSE’s guidance publication ‘Managing health & safety in swimming pools’ (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg179.pdf), swimming pool owners and operators have a legal duty to protect pool users’ and workers’ health and safety. This includes the provision of adequately trained and equipped life guards.
A lifeguard presence can make the difference between life and death in accidents at swimming pools. Properly trained lifeguards can spot potentially dangerous situations, or individuals in trouble, and can take appropriate action, providing first aid quickly and effectively. The lack of a lifeguard may result in serious injuries to pool users and even death.
Public liability claims
Failure to provide protection to visitors by employing a suitable lifeguard presence, and resulting injuries or deaths, may lead to owners or operators of swimming pools being held liable to pay personal injury compensation to victims and families of victims injured in swimming pool accidents.
In a similar way, individuals injured by slipping, falling or tripping on the premises of swimming pools, may also be entitled to claim against pool operators or owners if the fall, trip or slip could have been avoided through adequate signing and/or pool premise maintenance.
Claiming for compensation
Making public liability compensation claims not only serves to provide financial assistance with potentially large medical bills and so forth, but also helps to prevent future swimming pool injuries. In essence, the moment a claim for injury compensation is initiated, an investigation into the surrounding circumstances is launched. Such an investigation is likely to lead to improved safety awareness, and subsequently, improvements in the provision of suitable personnel or equipment to prevent recurrences of pool accidents.
If you were injured in a leisure pool accident because there was no lifeguard presence to spot the potential danger you were in, within the last 36 months, you may qualify for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline and chat confidentially with one of their friendly advisers to find out whether you are eligible to claim, or use the compensation calculator on their website to establish your eligibility.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a compensation provider offering legal advice and claim assistance on a no-win, no-fee basis; the legal experts working for this company have 13 years of experience in the personal injury claim industry, and ensure claims are successfully concluded within the minimal amount of time necessary. Advance notice of how long claims will take to be complete is, however, not possible.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown