High Court Rules Occupier Not Liable for Swimming Pool Accident

The High Court has ruled that a homeowner was not liable for the personal injuries sustained by the Claimant when he dived in to his swimming pool and struck the bottom, rendering him tetraplegic.

In Grimes v (1) Hawkins (2) Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, QBD, 3/08/11, Thirlwall J ruled that the swimming pool had been properly constructed and well maintained, and that the accident was caused by the inherent risks of diving into water rather than any defect in the state of the premises.  Arguments under common law principles of negligence and the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 all failed.

This case marks another step in the recent trend towards “common sense claims”, whereby the Courts are refusing to impose any blame on Defendants where the Claimant has voluntarily undertaken a dangerous activity.

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David Mayor

About David Mayor

David is Head of the Preston Office's Civil Litigation team and deals with all types of private Civil Court disputes. David’s blogs cover his expertise in all aspects of personal injury law from low value Road Traffic Accidents right through to complex large loss claims. David also writes and has a vast array of experience in Public Liability (trips and slips), Employer's Liability (accidents at work), and Motor Claims (motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents).
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