As Labor Day approaches and summer is coming to a close, many people are soaking up their last pool days. It is important to keep in mind the potential dangers pools can have. Swimming pool accidents can cause substantial injury and financial burdens. If you were injured as a result of a pool owner’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact our experienced New York personal injury attorneys today to discuss your case.
What are the common causes of swimming pool accidents in New York?
There are several ways that swimming pool accidents can happen. In many cases, these accidents occur as a result of pool owner negligence. A pool owner has a responsibility to ensure that their property is safe for all of those who enter it. If they fail this duty and someone gets hurt as a result, they may be held responsible. Some examples of pool owner negligence include:
- Failing to supervise all swimming children, at all times
- Failing to install all compliant drains
- Failing to set up all necessary fences, barriers, and alarms
- Neglecting to put out wet floor signs
- Failing to check if any children need floatation devices
- Letting others use electronics in the pool
- Swimming under the influence, or allowing others to do so
Can I pursue legal action after a swimming pool accident?
If you were injured due to a pool owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to bring a successful personal injury claim, you will need to collect substantial evidence backing your contention. If you are able, make sure to take the following steps:
- Call 911 – The police will dispatch an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report.
- Get contact information from any witnesses to the accident. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to confirm your version of events which can play a large role in a personal injury case.
- Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents pointing to the origin and severity of your injuries.
- Hire an experienced New York personal injury attorney to help you gather more evidence that can be essential to your claim. For example, they may be able to obtain security camera footage.
- Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the accident. Reach out to our firm to ensure you are promptly filing your claim.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.