When the weather is warm, spending time in the pool is a great way to relax and have a good time. However, in some instances, a day that was intended to be all about fun and relaxation turns into a trip to the emergency room. If you were injured in someone else's pool, you might not have to deal with your injuries on your own. The owner of the pool might be partially to blame and therefore responsible for your injuries.
Slip and Falls
A slip and fall injury at a pool could be the fault of the pool owner. Consider a neighbor's pool, for example. Assume that the owner had the surface of their pool deck lined with tile. However, the tile was uneven.
If a person walked on the deck, tripped on one of the uneven tiles, and fell, the injuries are the direct result of the uneven tiles and therefore the fault of the owner. Having a deck surface that is hazardous is negligence on the part of the pool owner.
Injuries that are the result of defective or poorly maintained equipment might also be the fault of the pool owner. Exposure to a large amount of pool cleaner that leads to a chemical burn is an example of a poorly maintained pool.
In this instance, the pool owner is responsible because they have a duty to ensure the pool is safe before inviting anyone into the water. Partnering with an attorney who will investigate your injuries and link them to the pool cleaning solution can help you establish a case for compensation for your injuries.
Pool owners are required to provide proper warnings to their guests. For example, there must be markers to prohibit diving if the water is too shallow. If these markers are not made visible and someone where to dive and injure themselves, the pool owner could be found negligent for their failure to provide a proper warning.
Although it is the responsibility of each person swimming to measure their safety, it is also important that the pool provide proper signage to expose any potential risks.
If you or a loved one was injured in a swimming pool accident, it is a good idea for you to speak with an attorney. An attorney will review the specifics of your situation and help you determine if you have the grounds to file a personal injury claim. Reach out to a firm like Law Offices of Kevin R. Hansen to learn more.