Waterslide Accident Abroad Claims

Hotel Waterslide Injuries

Over recent years, our holiday accident specialists have been contacted by an increasing number of people that have suffered from injury as a result of using waterslides whilst on holiday.

More and more hotels appear to be installing waterslide facilities and a number of hotels now have entire waterparks built within their grounds.

As enticing as these facilities are, especially to families, reports have been received from holidaymakers concerned about poorly constructed and badly maintained slides. In addition, there are concerns about slides being entirely unsupervised and in some instances guests may be encouraged to use the slides in ways that are inappropriate and dangerous.

What Kind of Accidents can Occur?

There are a wide variety of accidents that may occur when waterslides are defective, where misuse of the slides takes place or where their use is not properly supervised.

Collisions between holidaymakers can be a common cause of injury. A number of factors can cause a collision to take place. A slide user may become static on the slide due to a fault with the slide (such as a lack of running water on the slide or a design fault) allowing the next slide user to catch them up, a rider may be allowed to remain in the splash pool at the bottom of the slide for too long allowing the next rider to effectively land upon them or an insufficient gap may be left between riders due to a lack of reasonable slide supervision.

Riders may also be encouraged to race, to travel down the slide incorrectly to build up speed or travel down the slides in a “train” formation.

Not all waterslide accidents are caused by collisions between holidaymakers and Simpson Millar’s holiday accident lawyers have been instructed by clients that have sustained serious injuries due to slide design defects making the use of the slides inherently dangerous.

Many of the slides found overseas are designed to allow riders to travel at rapid speed and therefore the effects of a waterslide collision can be disastrous. A variety of different injuries can be sustained as a result of a waterslide accident including soft tissue injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, head injuries, psychological injuries and drowning.

What to do if you have been Injured in Waterslide Accident

If you have been injured whilst using a waterslide on holiday and the accident was not your fault you may be eligible to claim compensation in the UK – even if the accident happened overseas.

If the waterslide facilities were provided as part of your package holiday and the accident was caused due to a design defect, poor maintenance, a lack of instruction or a lack of supervision then you may be able to claim compensation from your tour operator under the provision of the Package Travel Regulations 1992.

Simpson Millar LLP’s Holiday and Travel lawyers are experienced in bringing claims against tour operators and foreign insurers and have dealt with numerous waterslide accident claims. For free legal advice and to see if you are eligible to make a no win no fee claim contact us without delay.

If you have suffered an accident on holiday you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. Call our Hotline now to receive FREE advice on how our experts could help you on 0808 145 1353 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

How to prevent a Waterslide Injury

There is unfortunately little that can be done to avoid a waterslide accident that occurs due to a design defect or fault and anyone that has been involved in an accident of this kind or has suffered from injury due to a lack of waterslide supervision or guidance should seek advice from specialist holiday lawyer without delay.

There are however some general points that should be kept in mind when using waterslide facilities. They may seem obvious – but we can all be guilty of letting our guard down once in holiday mode:

  • Before using a slide, familiarise yourself with the slide rules.
  • If the slide rules are not displayed or are unclear, seek clarity before using the slide.
  • Ensure that you sit or lie down in the correct position in accordance with the slide rules.
  • In some countries it is mandatory for there to be a traffic light system (or equivalent) – do not go down the slide until it safe to do so.
  • If you or other holidaymakers are being encouraged to misuse the slides, report the matter to your represented and the hotel manager – it could save a life.
  • If you witness holidaymakers misusing the slide – report it.
  • Hotels that offer waterslide facilities are quite often all-inclusive hotels. Be very wary of using a waterslide if you have consumed alcohol.
  • Be wary of using a slide if you are on any kind of medication or have any known medical conditions.
  • Don’t attempt to use a slide after hours or whilst maintenance is taking place.
  • Be aware of whether there are life guards and know who to contact in the case of an emergency.
  • Supervise young children at all times.

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