Swimming pool areas are full of hazards, and serious accidents can be common. Accident victims often wonder, however, when they should or should not sue for damages.
When it comes down to it, swimming pool accidents are often due to someone’s negligence. In those cases, victims have the right to sue for their losses – whether they be medical expenses, pain and suffering or other losses.
Here are a few instances where you can sue for your swimming pool accident:
Unsafe Pool Area
Lots of factors can contribute to an unsafe pool area. These include:
- Chipped tile or uncovered drains
- Improper or damaged barriers around the pool area
- Pools that haven’t been cleaned or treated properly
- No pool depth warnings posted
If any of these factors caused your accident, the pool’s owner can be held responsible for neglecting to maintain his or her pool. This means they will likely have to pay for your expenses.
Unsafe Pool Equipment
Another potential factor that may make a pool owner liable is unsafe pool equipment. The following unsafe pool equipment can easily cause serious injury:
- Improperly installed or damaged ladders
- Damaged diving boards or slides
In these situations there are a few parties which can be sued, including the faulty product’s manufacturer, retailers, or even the individual responsible for installing the equipment. Your attorney can help you determine which party (or parties) is responsible.
In the case of injured children (and sometimes adults), negligent supervision can often be the cause of severe injury. For example, a school or daycare employee may have caused an injury by neglecting to watch a child who was swimming. Another example could be a lifeguard neglecting his or her duties and failing to rescue a drowning victim. In these instances, the employer is likely responsible for paying damages to victims.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a swimming pool accident, our Tampa premises liability attorneys can help. During your free consultation, we can help to answer any questions you may have about your case or the legal process. Contact us when you’re ready.
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