Have you been hurt whilst swimming?
Although most keen swimmers swim in their local pool or leisure centre, increasing numbers of people are trying out freshwater swimming. Due to the climate in the United Kingdom, it can be essential that you take precautions before swimming in freshwater. Unlike outdoor pools, the water in lakes or rivers can be extremely cold and hypothermia may set in if you stay in the water for too long or if you don’t use an appropriate wetsuit.
Unfortunately, many people underestimate just how cold the water will be. If you aren’t aware of the low temperature of the water, you may wrongly conclude that you’ll be able to swim in a standard bathing suit, rather than specialist wear. Similarly, you may not realise that you need to acclimatise yourself to the water slowly, rather than diving in as you would do if you were swimming in a pool.
Another hazard of freshwater swimming is the depth of the water. As the area hasn’t been built for swimming, there may be no markers to signal the depth of the water and there may be sudden drops in the ground so you could lose your footing easily.
Rather than swimming in an area not designated for this activity, it is generally recommended that you find somewhere patrolled to swim and enjoy the water. As many local councils are now providing lifeguards in the summer months, you may be able to find somewhere locally so that you could enjoy swimming in the outdoors safely.
Similarly, many charities run special freshwater events so you could even take part in one of these and raise money for your favourite cause at the same time. However, even when events are organised well and there are safety experts on hand, things can go wrong and you could suffer an injury.
Could you make a claim with an injury claims solicitor in Lochgelly?
If you’re hurt in an area that is not designated for swimming , you may find it hard to claim compensation with an injury claims solicitor in Lochgelly but, if you were permitted to swim in the area and you suffer an injury, an injury solicitor in Lochgelly may be able to help you claim compensation.
If, for example, a specified swimming area wasn’t cleared of debris, you could find yourself hurt whilst in the water in which case a personal injury claims solicitor in Lochgelly may be able to seek redress. By making a claim with an injury solicitor in Lochgelly, you could successfully claim compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained and you may even highlight the issue which could result in changes being made to increase the safety of others.
To find out more about making a claim with a personal injury solicitor in Lochgelly, why not contact Accident Advice Helpline today? Our dedicated team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can contact us at any time and we’ll always be able to help. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: 23rd April 2014
Author: David Brown