Surf Life Saving Queensland is being sued for thousands by some of the people they've rescued

 

Surf Life Saving Queensland is being sued for by beachgoers with lawsuits costing the club nearly $1 million.

While lifesavers are heroes to some, to others they’re negligent with the lifesaving charity group hit with 32 claims over the last five years.

The total cost in payouts has come in at $948,874.

Fifteen claimants were beachgoers from the Gold Coast.

SLSQ’s Craig Williams said the club has now increased its risk assessment training across the state to “try and minimise the occurrence of things that we can be implicated in”.

The club has had to settle for nearly $1 million over the past five years. Source: 7 News

“We settled one just recently for $34,000 for tripping on the footpath of a surf club,” Mr Williams said.

“Some are quite serious claims.

“Others are running it up the flag pole to get $20,000 of go away money."

One patron launched action after slipping over on a liquid at Noosa Heads Surf Club on Australia Day.

A city council lodged a claim after a lifeguard fell over in the shower.

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth said people are entitled to a pay out.

"We have what we call a common law scheme it's one of the best in the world,” she said.

“It says if you are injured you should be properly compensated.”

The club has been forced to overhaul its risk assessment. Source: 7 News

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