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Swimming Pool Injury Compensation

Am I entitled to seek swimming pool injury compensation against a public facility for negligence? My 12-year-old son was allowed to swim without a lifeguard present and, to my outrage, I have just learned that he and all his friends often run about entirely unsupervised there.

Question:

Am I entitled to seek swimming pool injury compensation against a public facility for negligence? My 12-year-old son was allowed to swim without a lifeguard present and, to my outrage, I have just learned that he and all his friends often run about entirely unsupervised there.

Answer:

Unfortunately, you cannot make a claim for swimming pool injury compensation for negligence alone. The grounds for any injury claim, including swimming pool injury compensation, are as based on injury as it is on negligence on the part of a responsible party.

While you could report a possible breach of safety regulations to the facility’s management for further investigation, you would not have a justifiable claim for swimming pool injury compensation unless your son suffered an actual physical or psychological injury due to negligence.  Also, an injury would have to be duly recorded in medical notes and treatment received, attesting that an injury has occurred and that your son has sought medical treatment as needed.

Only in the event that your son were injured due to a lifeguard being absent or other negligent act, could you seek redress against the facility’s Public Liability Insurance for the owners’ or their employees’ negligence. Public pool owners are licensed operators who legally owe a duty of care towards visitors, which entails abiding by strict safety standards and carrying out regular hazard assessments. Any lapse in enforcing safety regulations may and do cause a number of preventable accidents, and instigate justifiable claims for swimming pool injury compensation.

While we hope that you should never need to file a claim for swimming pool injury compensation, if your son ever suffered an actual injury due to someone else’s negligence, you should seek assistance from a personal injury solicitor to ensure that you receive your full entitlement.