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Know Your Rights Regarding Swimming Pool Injuries

With summer just around the corner, it’s important to understand your rights regarding swimming pool injuries and potential liability. There are several types of injuries that can take place in and around a pool, including concussions, broken bones, spinal injuries, and drowning. Whether you have children or not, it’s important to understand how pool injuries can affect kids and adults alike and might even result in a personal injury lawsuit.

In anticipation of the barbeques and pool parties to come this summer, make sure you know your rights in regard to swimming pool injuries.

Common Types of Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 10 people drowned each day between 2005 and 2014. Data collected from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also states that almost 5,000 people received emergency medical care for swimming pool accidents each year in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In short, swimming pool accidents happen every day and they can result in catastrophic injuries or even death. If you plan on spending a decent amount of time by a public pool, or even a private one, make sure you know what could go wrong.

Some of the most common types of swimming pool injuries include:

  • Drowning
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones

These injuries might be caused by a slip and fall accident due to an inadequately structured pool area or a slick surface, or they might be the result of a tragic diving accident caused by an unmarked pool depth. When it comes to children, who are all too often the victims of pool accidents, the issue might be one of an unguarded spa or open pool gate.

Who Is Liable?

If you own a property with a pool, you are responsible for keeping that pool reasonably safe for invited – and sometimes uninvited - visitors. This applies to city-owned pools, other public pools, pools maintained by HOAs, and privately owned swimming pools. The owner may be responsible for any injuries that occur while the visitor is in their pool. For this reason, owners must be vigilant in upholding proper safety measures so as to protect their guests and, in turn, themselves.

For example, pool owners must fence in their pools so that no wandering children can accidentally slip in and endanger themselves. Additionally, diving boards should be properly maintained and supervised because improper diving could result in life-altering spinal injuries.

Your Next Step

If you or someone you love was injured in a swimming pool accident caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, you may have a right to pursue legal action against the responsible party. Our firm can work with you to determine liability, collect evidence, and build a case against the liable individual.

For help after a swimming pool accident, contact our Washington DC personal injury lawyers at Simeone & Miller, LLP for legal guidance.