Rivers vs. swimming pools: What’s more dangerous?

Date: Oct 04, 2016

A recent report has highlighted the continued threat rivers pose to people of all ages. Yet, swimming pools can also be a major cause of harm, especially if they do not have the required safety features.

If you or someone you know has been injured near a swimming pool, and you believe legal safety measures could have made a difference, talk to compensation lawyers today.

Rivers still the most dangerous

A new report from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia has shown that rivers top the list as the deadliest and most common location for drowning in Australia. Middle-aged men, many of whom are drunk, continue to be over-represented amongst those who have drowned in the country's vast and sometimes remote waterways.

Between 2002 and 2012, just under 3,000 people died from drowning in our waterways. Of those, 25 per cent drowned in rivers, creeks and streams. Unfortunately, 80 per cent of all river drownings were males, with males aged 25 to 34 accounting for 92 per cent of deaths in that bracket.

Royal Life Saving Society's National Manager and the study's lead author, Amy Peden, pointed out that river drownings fell below ocean drownings for the first time in 20 years, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. 

The report found that swimming pool deaths have been curbed since the introduction of new safety measures. However, injuries still happen, and pools that lack the basic safety measures could lead to public liability injury claims. 

Pool injuries, negligence and public liability

Pools are fun and exciting to lounge, play and dive in. However, they can also lead to injuries depending on the behaviour of swimmers and the safety measures in place. 

Fences, signs and lockable gates are all examples of the elements required by law. If a property fails to implement these and you are injured as a result, you can seek redress.

The success of a public liability injury claim depends on a number of aspects. One of the most important is the ability to prove a landlord's negligence but also that their action or inaction lead to your injury. 

If you would like to know more about what this means for your case, make sure you talk to an expert in public liability. With a compensation lawyer in your counsel, you can access great advice and ensure your case is always on the right track. 

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts or email your enquiry.