We have almost gotten through two weeks of June and each passing week brings
warmer weather. More and more people are looking to seek respite from
the heat by going to the beach, public pools, and backyard pools.
Experienced swimming pool accident attorneys understand that fun sometimes turns into tragedy. Swimming related deaths
and injuries are a daily occurrence in the United States and the Hudson
Valley region is not immune from these tragedies.
Some may not think they can be compensated forslipping and falling at a swimming pool—after all, it is a swimming pool and the surrounding
area will be wet. However, this is not the case; keeping swimmers safe
is more than just employing lifeguards, or fencing in a swimming area.
The walkways around a pool must be kept in good repair. Ladders for ingress
and egress to and from the water must be kept in safe condition. Diving
boards must be secured properly and maintained according to specifications.
Moreover, the walking surfaces are frequently wet and slippery. Swimming
areas can be overcrowded, both within and around the water.
Pool attendants must take measures to keep bathers safe in these conditions. In fact, operators of swimming pools must also make
sure that the pool is secured after hours so that children are prevented
from accessing the water.
Whether it is a broken ladder, substandard diving board, or dangerous surfaces,
a fall can easily lead to injury or death. It is shocking to know that
20% of all swimming pool injuries lead to permanent neurological deficiencies,
especially so because these injuries are typically preventable. Sometimes the
accident isn’t prevented because the pool facility did not have adequate
If any one of the above conditions exists, the owner and or operator of
the swimming pool must correct the problem and keep bathers safe. In fact,
swimming pool owners and operators owe a duty to their guests to keep
them safe so as to prevent foreseeable accidents from arising.
Failing to fix a broken ladder, not employing licensed and competent lifeguards,
not ensuring that safety rules are followed can be a breach of this duty.
Once this duty is breached, and the swimmer’s injury was the direct,
natural, and probable consequence of the breach, the pool owner or operator
can be held liable if the victim suffered damages.
Damages are the monetary expression of what the victim lost as a
result of the offending party’s negligence. Wages lost because of the injury, money spent on medical bills, pain
and suffering, among other things, are compensable damages.
Are you interested in learning more about swimming pool accidents and liability?
Read more in our
latest article available by clicking on the link here. Also, consider reading about the shocking statistics of swimming pool
accidents throughout the United States and New York
in our post available by clicking here. Learn how negligent supervision by lifeguards and other safety individuals
could result in liability for a drowning
in this post by our experienced attorneys by clicking here.
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Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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