Swimming is a great way to have fun while staying active, but swimming pools also carry a bit of risk, especially when negligence is involved. Drowning is one of the biggest causes of fatalities among children and even near-drowning accidents can result in life-changing injuries and permanent damage that can affect the life of the survivor and his or her family. If you were injured in a swimming pool accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, it is imperative that you seek legal guidance as soon as possible.
Swimming Pool Accidents and Injuries
Swimming pool accidents can occur anywhere and at any time, whether it be at a private pool or a community or public pool. Public pools must have a lifeguard on duty, especially if children under 16 years of age are present without parental supervision. Additionally, lifeguards are also required at water parks, wave pools, and water slides. Depending on the size of the pool or water park, one or more lifeguards might be required. Larger pools require multiple lifeguards on duty, so that all areas of the pool or water park can be properly monitored.
In addition to drowning or near-drowning, some of the most common swimming pool injuries include:
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and lacerations
- Diving board injuries
- Slip and fall injuries near the pool
- Head injuries
There are numerous causes of swimming pool accidents, including inadequate warning signs, poorly trained lifeguards, faulty valves, too shallow water, and a lack of lifeguards on duty. If your swimming pool accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might have a viable premises liability claim.
To successfully recover compensation on your behalf, your attorney will need to prove the following:
- The entity or person responsible for the swimming pool or the property owner had a duty of care to ensure the safety of pool visitors.
- The entity or person responsible for the swimming pool or the property owner breached the duty of care through negligence.
- You were injured as a result of this breach.
- Your injuries resulted in monetary and non-monetary damages.
Examples of Negligence in Swimming Pool Accidents
Not every swimming pool accident that results in injuries is necessarily a viable premises liability claim.
Below is a list of some examples of negligence in swimming pool accidents:
- Parts in or around the pool were defective
- The pool was missing certain safety marks indicating its shallow and deep ends
- The pool was inadequately lit
- The diving boards were defective or malfunctioned
- The pool was lacking safety equipment
- There were either no pool staff or poorly trained pool staff
- The pool ladders were damaged or absent
Injured in a Swimming Pool Accident? Contact Pratt Clay, LLC Today!
The damage that can result from a swimming pool accident can potentially change a person’s life forever. If your accident and injuries were caused by negligence, you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. The premises liability attorneys at Pratt Clay, LLC in Atlanta can effectively represent you and ensure that the party who was responsible for your swimming pool injuries is held liable, so you can obtain the compensation you deserve.
We have recovered over $80 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients and will work tirelessly to do the same for you and your family.