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Question: My son was swimming in a public swimming pool when he went under the water and nearly drowned. He suffered oxygen deprivation, which led to brain damage and caused severe learning disabilities and problems with motor function. The swimming pool accident happened 5 years ago and my son is 15 now. Can I claim compensation?

Answer: The three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims does not come into effect for young people until their 18th birthday, so you may still be able to make a compensation claim. You can claim on behalf of your son as well – call Clearwater Solicitors on 08000 430 430 or fill in our online enquiry form for more information.

Many drowning accidents in swimming pools are caused by the negligence of the pool owner. A large proportion of these accidents involve children, and deaths or serious injuries are not uncommon. The dangers of swimming pools are well known, and the operators of pools should have lifeguards on duty and keep their property in a well-maintained way to minimise the likelihood of swimming pool accidents and the consequences of these incidents when they do occur.

Some of the factors personal injury solicitors see in swimming pool accidents include:

–          Negligent or absent lifeguards

–          Poorly-maintained or dirty swimming pools that make locating drowning victims difficult

–          Badly-designed swimming pools

–          Dry drowning and other delayed drowning caused by lung injuries

You should ensure that the swimming pool operators are told about the accident and record it in the accident book, and should take down the names and contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident. This will support your compensation claim and give you the best chance of success, helping to demonstrate that the pool operators behaved in a negligent fashion.

For more information about swimming pool accident claims, or to start making a compensation claim today, just call Clearwater Solicitors. Speak with an expert now by dialling 08000 430 430, or fill in our online enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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