Swimming Pool Drowning and Accidents
Swimming pools can be great sources of fun and excitement for people in the summer months, especially children. However, swimming pools can also be very dangerous as they present extreme danger to people, especially children, who may not know that they can drown or suffer serious spinal cord injuries, including paralysis.
Many times pool injuries can stem from injuries or drownings that stem from pool drains, which can suck children and adults by the hair and cause terrible injuries. In addition, there are also instances when someone can be electrocuted by accident, slip and fall, trip and fall, or suffer other serious injuries while at someone’s pool.Washington State Laws Regarding Pool Injuries and Drownings
Legally, property owners, whether it is a homeowner or an owner of a hotel or pool, have a duty to make sure their pool is safe from known dangers. Further, if they reasonably could have known that their pool would be dangerous, then they have a duty to make sure that the pool is safe.
This means, again, that they may have to go out and spend money to hire the proper security personal to make sure the pool is safe or hire enough lifeguards to make sure the pool is safe. In order to prevail on a negligent security case involving a pool, you must show the property owner had a duty to keep their pool safe, they breached their duty in some way to you, and that you were injured because of the breach in that duty.
This may or may not be easy to do in a pool case if you believe the homeowner or property owner was not keeping the pool safe. You may have to do a great deal of work, if you do not hire a lawyer, to prove that not enough was done. In many cases, this will include hiring the right expert or experts to prove your case.
The right expert on a case can make or break it. There are experts across the nation who are experienced in identifying how businesses and homeowners can make their premises safe from the dangers posed by a pool or hot tub.
With respect to swimming pools and hot tubs, many individuals and entities may responsible, ranging from a homeowner or condo owner, apartment, hotel, or public entity such as the City of Seattle or City of Kirkland.
Common causes for swimming pool and hot tub accidents are:
- Diving board accidents
- Lack of lifeguards or supervision
- Lifeguards without proper training and CPR understanding
- Lack of fencing to keep young children out of the pool
- Lack of warning signs notifying people of potential dangers
- Lack of a cover
- Lack of lighting
- Lack of signs warning of how shallow the water is
In every negligence case involving a hotel, you have to prove that the hotel had a duty to keep you safe, they breached that duty, and their negligence was the reason you were injured. These are examples of how a property owner could be held responsible, but this list is not complete. Below are additional ways a property owner, whether that is a homeowner or owner of a property such as a hotel or condo, could be held legally liable for your injuries at a pool:
- Defective pool parts
- A diving board that breaks or does not work properly
- Lack of maintenance to the pool
- Lack of lighting around the pool
- Lack of safety equipment
- No pool ladders
If you have been injured in or around a swimming pool on someone else’s property, then you may have suffered one of the following injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Butt or tailbone injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Injuries of this serious of a nature rarely just heal on their own. Rather, they require medical attention to address them. Medical specialists such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and chiropractors can help you get back to the path to health after suffering a serious injury on someone else’s property.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured at someone’s pool or a business’ pool, you may have a claim against them to recoup compensation for your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance company, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.
If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you. We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for medical bills
We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. There may be instances when you find yourself having to defend yourself from untrue accusations from the insurance company for the party that injured you. They may claim that you are somehow either entirely at fault or partly at fault for your injuries.
For instance, if you suffered a spinal cord injury because of a slip and fall at a business’ parking lot, the insurance company for the business may argue that you should have watched where you were going. If this is the case, the Jackman Law Firm can help you by sending a subpoena for documents from the company, interviewing key witnesses, and speaking to the police to see if we can do everything possible to prove your case in your favor. Feel free to call for a free consultation.