Swimming is a popular sport in the UK. It offers an excellent all-round aerobic workout and helps to tone arm and leg muscles. By learning to swim, children are also gaining a valuable skill that could potentially save their lives. So it is not surprising that many schools in the country offer swimming lessons as part of their curriculum.
Swimming can be especially enjoyed when on holiday abroad, and you have the added bonus of an outdoor pool. When temperatures soar, there is nothing quite like jumping into the water for a refreshing swim.
However, if care and caution are not observed at all times, there is always the possibility of a swimming accident occurring. Such an accident can cause serious injuries and even death.
Adopting a safe approach
In order to ensure your safety in and around the pool area, it is important to remember some key guidelines:
- Never run where the ground is wet.
- Do not swim in a pool where there is no lifeguard on duty
- Always stay within your depth, unless you are a strong swimmer
The injuries you could sustain from a swimming accident can vary, depending on where the accident happened. If you slip and fall around the pool area, you can easily endure a fracture or even a serious head injury.
When you are in the water, you might cut your foot on a piece of glass that has found it’s way into the pool. In extreme circumstances, you could also be at risk of sustaining a brain injury or even drowning.
The treatment for injuries sustained from a swimming accident will depend on the nature and severity of the incident. In the case of simple cuts or bruises from a fall, you may be able to treat your injury at home.
However, if you suspect that you have sustained a fracture, or if you are feeling dizzy after the accident, then you should attend your nearest accident and emergency unit as soon as possible.
If someone has been pulled from the water and they are not breathing, then they need immediate medical attention. If you are able to perform CPR, then this could give the victim a few precious minutes until paramedics arrive on the scene.
If you have been injured in a swimming accident, then you may be able to get compensation. In order to be eligible, you will need to show that your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. If you can prove who is liable for a swimming accident, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against them.
Claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline
To discover how to claim compensation for a swimming accident, all you need to do is call Accident Advice Helpline. We are the claim experts and we would be delighted to answer any questions you might have. You don’t even need to worry about the cost of making a swimming accident claim, as our initial advice is free, and all our claims are made on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to connect with an adviser today.
Category: Swimming accident claims