Swimming Pool Accident and Illness Claim *
Swimming pool accidents * and illnesses can happen as a result of substandard swimming pools. The most common accidents is a slip and fall while at a local gym , leisure center ,aqua center or swimming pool *. It is often the case that children sustain injuries as a result of a swimming pool accident * but it is important to note that these accidents can happen to anybody. Injuries and illness are often caused by the negligence of the owner or manager of the swimming pool. If an accident occurred in a hotel then the owner of the hotel may be liable. It is important to note that water park accidents * are also part of this category.
Who is Liable?
Before you go about making a claim for a swimming pool accident * you will first need to determine who was liable for the cause of the accident. This will help to speed up the process and avoid delays along the way. It is important to note that if the injured had a part in the cause of the accident, through contributory negligence, they may not be entitled to make a claim. In order to proceed, you will need to ensure that the accident was caused as a result of the negligence of another person. In most cases, it is the owner or operator of the swimming pool or waterpark who will be responsible for the accident or illness. They have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of all customers, visitors and staff. A breach in this duty of care could lead to an accident which they will be responsible for. If the accident was caused by negligence you should gather as much evidence as possible to confirm that this was the actual cause of your injuries or illness.
Injuries can also be sustained as a result of the negligence of another visitor to the swimming pool. If this was the case, then they will be found liable for the cause of the accident. Members of the public also have a duty of care and responsibility for the health and safety of both themselves and those around them.
Common Injuries and Illnesses
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and bruises
- Infections to healing wounds
- Respiratory illness
- Head injuries
- Back and neck injury
- Nerve Damage
- Skin infections
- Eye infection
Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents and Illness
- Damaged tiling
- Wet floors
- Faulty drainage and filtration system
- Too much chlorine or disinfectant
- Lack of signage for wet floors and pool depth
- Damaged equipment such as ladders
- Lack of supervision and untrained employees
- Poor Maintenance
- Inadequate lighting
- Lack of safety equipment such as life rings
Unhygienic swimming pools
Whether it be on holidays, in a hotel or in the gym swimming pool, unhygienic swimming pools can cause people to contract and illness. Some of the reasons why a pool may be deemed unhygienic are
- Incorrect chlorine levels
- Defective or broken water filtrations systems
These can lead to contamination of the water. The onus lies on the owner of the property to ensure that their swimming pools are safe and free from contamination.
How to prevent Swimming Pool Accidents
There are a number of ways in which an accident in a swimming pool can be prevented and avoided. There are certain steps that the operator of the pool can take.
All employees and lifeguards should be properly trained as this will reduce the risk of injury and illness. If staff know what to do if something goes wrong it will lower the chance of long-term injuries being sustained. This training will ensure the health and safety of all visitors, employees and customers.
It is important that swimming lessons are provided for those who are not confident swimmers. This may reduce the risk of an accident or injury as they will be taught how to swim and what to do if an accident occurs.
Access to the pool should be controlled so that spectators cannot gain access to the pool at any stage. This will reduce the chances of a child running into the pool area and slipping which may lead to injury. There should be barriers put in place that are high enough to stop people climbing over them. There should also be a gate which can be locked in the case that the pool is not being used.
As the area around a swimming pool is very likely to be slippery, it is important that the correct signage is in place to warn people of this. It is very dangerous to run near a pool as slip and fall accidents are one of the main types if accidents which can lead to drowning and fatalities. There should also be signs in place which indicate the depth of the pool. This makes people aware of certain areas in which they may not feel comfortable in. This can also help to prevent accidents.
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