Although swimming pools can be a wonderful source of run and recreation, if they are not properly maintained or properly staffed, they can be very hazardous, particularly to children. If your child has been injured in an accident in a swimming pool, you may have a legal right to compensation.
There are a number of possible causes of injuries in a pool. The pool may be poorly designed. The pool’s equipment may be defective. If the pool is open to the public, staff members may be negligent or the pool may be understaffed. If a swimming pool is too crowded, it can be much easier for children to get hurt. Water can spread over walking areas and make them slick and prone to accidents. Lifeguards may lack proper training or could become distracted. If a pool is not properly cleaned, it could become contaminated or murky. Public pools may have defective dates or fences, poorly designed diving boards, or other hazards. Defective pools drains can trap people at the bottom of the pool.
In many situations, an accident may occur at the home of a friend or neighbor. Homeowners often lack the training that is needed to help a person who is struggling in the water. Most yard pools do not have proper safety equipment or warnings. In those cases, usually an accident victim is reluctant to seek financial compensation from his or her friend or neighbor. However, in most cases there is homeowner’s insurance available to pay for damages, and the money does not come from the individual directly.
If your child has been injured or killed at a pool, you should speak with an attorney to learn more about your legal rights. If you are in Los Angeles, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.