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Swimming Pool Accident Claims
If you have been injured in or around a swimming pool, and it was due to the negligence of somebody else, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Our personal injury specialists have helped many people who have suffered due to somebody else’s negligence get the maximum amount of compensation they deserve for the pain and suffering caused.
How JMW Can Help
We understand that a holiday is supposed to be a time of fun and relaxation, so when there is an accident at a swimming pool that makes a getaway anything but restful, you want answers. The specialist personal injury solicitors at JMW have years of experience in claiming compensation on behalf of people who have suffered due to the negligence of hotel staff or a holiday company.
Types of Accidents Involving Swimming Pools
Injuries caused by swimming pool accidents include:
- Drowning and near-drowning incidents
- Back injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Chemical burns
- Chlorine poisoning
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head injuries
- Water slide accidents
If you have suffered any kind of injury or illness as a result of using a swimming pool and the accident was caused through no fault of your own, you are entitled to make a claim. Our advisers are ready to discuss your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Injury
There are several different causes of personal injuries that occur in and around swimming pools. These include:
Slips and falls
The most likely cause is the possibility of slipping on water that has been splashed or has overflowed on to the surface around the pool. Hotels should ensure there are appropriate non-slip surfaces, and staff should be conscious of keeping the pool area as safe as possible, encouraging guests to take care while walking near the pool.
Swimming pools are filled with chlorine to kill harmful bacteria and make the water safe for public use. However, if they are not cleaned properly, microscopic bugs are introduced into pools through contact with contaminants from the human body, such as sweat, urine and dead skin.
When incorrect levels of chemical disinfectant are introduced into the water, this can cause serious irritation to the skin and eyes.
Drowning and near-drowning incidents
It is vital that swimming pool operators have effective measures in place to protect holidaymakers, including young children. These include the use of appropriate depth markers, lifeguards and signage.
This occurs when there is an excessive amount of suction from a swimming pool drain. The force of the suction traps swimmers and can lead to drowning, especially among small children. Suction entrapment can also lead to swimmers suffering serious internal injuries from sitting on drains.
Some holidaymakers suffer from spinal injuries due to diving into pools that are deceptively shallow. The hotel or complex owner should ensure that there is sufficient signage to prevent this from happening.
Damage to the pool
Broken tiles, drain covers and railings can cause injury to swimmers and bypassers. It is the hotel or complex owner’s responsibility to ensure that swimming pools are kept in order.