When Am I Eligible To Make A Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Claim?

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 12th March 2024. Visiting a swimming pool is an enjoyable leisure activity for many people. Many people swim regularly to keep fit or take part in watersports activities. What’s more, parents often take their children swimming as an enjoyable leisure activity. However, swimming is not without its risks. Therefore, establishments should implement health and safety standards to prevent swimming pool accidents or illnesses from happening.

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Public and private swimming pools owe swimmers and members of staff a duty of care. This means that they are responsible for ensuring that the pool is a safe and hygienic environment for visitors and employees. Therefore if the proprietors of a swimming pool act negligently, and cause a swimming pool accident, what happens? This means that the swimming pool occupier could be held liable for any injuries caused by an accident. Therefore, they would have to pay the injured party compensation.

Advice.co.uk can be of assistance if you have suffered a swimming pool illness or injury that was not your fault. We can offer you free legal advice about making a swimming pool injury claim for compensation. What’s more, we can connect you with a personal injury solicitor to handle your compensation claim.

To begin your claim for a swimming pool injury compensation payout, contact us using the details below. Alternatively, read the rest of this guide to learn more.

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  1. Can I Make A Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Claim?
  2. Potential Hazards At A Swimming Pool
  3. Can I Make A Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Claim If I Work At A Swimming Pool?
  4. Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Compensation Calculator
  5. Make A No Win No Fee Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Claim
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Can I Make A Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Claim?

A swimming pool accident is an unwanted incident at a swimming pool, which results in injury or illness. Swimming pool accidents and injuries can happen to adults or children. Some swimming accidents are minor, such as slipping on the poolside and grazing your knee. However, some accidents can result in serious injuries or even death.

Swimming comes with inherent risks. To avoid swimming pool accidents and injuries, swimmers must behave safely and responsibly. Similarly, parents and guardians of children must always supervise them when they are in the water. However, under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, swimming pool operators are responsible for the health and safety of the people who use their premises. This includes swimmers, employees and other visitors.

To uphold their duty of care towards the public, swimming pools must maintain their premises to a safe and hygienic standard. This means treating the water to avoid illnesses such as; E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter, legionella, pseudomonas or the norovirus. They must also maintain the premises. For example, repairing loose pool tiles to avoid causing trip and fall accidents.

Moreover, swimming pools must ensure that employees such as lifeguards and swimming teachers have the certifications and training to protect swimmers. Furthermore, it is a good idea for pools to provide essential first aid equipment such as spinal boards or a defibrillator. These can save a person’s life in a medical emergency.

Potential Hazards At A Swimming Pool

A swimming pool accident could happen for many reasons. You may be able to claim personal injury compensation if you can prove your injuries were caused because the swimming pool’s occupiers breached their duty of care.

Examples of hazards at a swimming pool that could cause an accident include:

  • A loose or damaged tile around the swimming pool might cause you to trip and fall, and you could suffer a sprain.
  • You could slip and fall over if there is a leak in the changing rooms that you’re not made aware of, despite members of staff being aware of the hazard.
  • Too much chlorine in a pool might result in a chemical burn or eye and skin irritation.

If you have suffered an injury at a swimming pool and are unsure whether you could make a personal injury claim, you can get in touch with our advisors. They can offer you free advice for your potential personal injury claim and answer any questions you may have.

Can I Make A Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Claim If I Work At A Swimming Pool?

Swimming pool staff can also experience accidents at work. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers owe their employees a duty of care. This means that workplaces should be safe environments for employees. Furthermore, employers must make sure that employees have adequate training to carry out their tasks safely. And employees must be supplied with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)  if they have to carry out a hazardous task.

You may be eligible to claim accident at work compensation if you are a swimming pool or leisure centre worker who was injured in an accident that was not your fault. Contact Advice.co.uk for free legal advice about swimming pool accident or illness compensation claims today.

Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Compensation Calculator

If you make a successful claim for a swimming pool accident or illness, then the compensation awarded may include general damages and special damages. General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries or illness.

The table below shows some of the compensation guidelines featured in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document may be used by those valuing your claim for general damages, since it lists numerous kinds of injuries and illnesses alongside guideline compensation brackets.

The table below should be viewed as a guide only. Also, take note that the first entry is not taken from the JCG.

Type Of Injury / IllnessSeverityComments On This InjuryEstimated Damages
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesSeriousIf you are eligible to claim for multiple serious injuries caused by an accident at a swimming pool, then you may receive a payout covering all of the injuries plus any related special damages, such as loss of earnings.Up to £1,000,000+
Brain DamageVery SevereWhat damages are awarded depends on factors such as; the degree of insight the claimant has, their life expectancy, any physical limitations they have suffered and any effects on their senses. Other factors effecting a claim could also be how well they can communicate and if their behaviour has been changed. £282,010 to £403,990


Brain DamageModerately SevereWhat damages are awarded depend on the same factors as the above category. Damages could also take account of things such as future loss of sight.£219,070 to £282,010
Brain DamageModerate (i)This category is distinguished from the above category by claimants having markedly lower degrees of dependence on another person.£150,110 to £219,070

Brain DamageLess SevereWhilst the claimant may not regain all of their prior functions, cases at this level are not as severe. £15,320 to £43,060



Digestive SystemDamage/Illness Resulting From Non-traumatic Injury (i)Including illnesses which may have cause symptoms including acute and serious pain. Claimants could suffer diarrhoea and sickness. These cases will require hospital care.£38,430 to
£52,500


Digestive SystemDamage/Illness Resulting From Non-traumatic Injury (ii)The effected person could experience similar symptoms to the person above. However, this persons sickness or illness should be shorter lived. It should also not be as serious. £9,540 to
£19,200


Wrist Injury(a)The injury could cause the person to have lost all function in their wrist. An arthrodesis will have been performed.£47,620 to £59,860
Wrist Injury(b)The wrist injury will result in the person having a significant (and permanent) disability in the wrist joint. There should still be some useful movement in the joint.£24,500 to £39,170


Wrist Injury(c)A less severe wrist injury could still leave the person with some degree of permanent disability.£12,590 to £24,500

If you’re eligible to claim general damages, then your compensation may possibly also include special damages. This compensates you for the financial expenses or losses you’ve experienced due to your injuries or illness. The types of expenses or losses that could potentially be claimed as special damages include:

  • Loss of earnings if you’ve had to take unpaid time off work to recover from your injuries or illness.
  • Travel expenses for attending vital appointments.
  • The cost of certain medications or treatments you’ve required.

Certain documents, such as wage slips or bank statements, could be provided as evidence to help you claim special damages.

For more advice on potential compensation payouts for swimming pool accidents, please contact our advisors for free today either online or on the phone.

Make A No Win No Fee Swimming Pool Accident Or Illness Claim

Conditional Fee Agreements are also known as No Win No Fee Agreements which are what solicitors can use to allow claimants to fund their fees. This is a contract between you and your personal injury lawyers that states that they must meet certain conditions in order to receive payment. Usually that your claim is successful.

With a No Win No Fee agreement;

  • You won’t have to pay upfront or hourly legal fee
  • And you will only pay a success fee if your compensation claim is successful
  • Won’t be asked to pay your solicitors at all if your claim is unsuccessful
  • Your success fee will be charged at a legally capped rate, which means that the majority of the compensation payout will go to you.

To learn more about making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor, please read our online guide.

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