Public pools are popular recreational facilities, especially during warm weather. However, a fun afternoon at the pool can result in a serious injury if the proper precautions are not taken.
Here is a bit of information about pool accidents and who may be at fault.
Who Is at Fault When a Pool Accident Happens?
When an accident-related injury occurs at a pool, you may wonder who is at fault. The responsible party is frequently the pool's owner or operator.
The area outside of a pool may become wet as people enter and exit the pool. However, it is reasonable to expect the pool operator to apply mats to give traction to the slippery surfaces. If the pool's owner or operator does not take reasonable precautions to help ensure the safety of patrons or guests, they may be held liable for the incident.
Additional precautions that should be taken include the posting of "no diving" signs. When a person dives into water that is too shallow and strikes their head against the bottom of the pool, the injured person may be held liable for the accident if they were duly warned with proper signage. However, if there were no signs posted, the pool operator may be held responsible.
In order to have a valid personal injury case for your accident, someone else should be deemed negligent, and their negligence should be linked to the injury-causing incident.
What Should You Do After Being Injured at a Pool?
After a pool injury occurs, report the accident to the pool's owner or operator. Additionally, call for medical help.
When a medical professional assesses your condition, they document their findings. This documentation may be particularly helpful as you seek compensation for your injury-related expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Why Do You Need to Share All of Your Documentation With Your Accident Attorney?
All of your medical documentation, along with any notes that you have taken concerning your discussions with a pool operator, should be shared with your accident attorney. If you were not at fault, the lawyer can compile the information needed to prove that the operator was liable for your accident. Additionally, they can present your claims to the insurance company of the responsible party. Once the insurer receives the information, the attorney may need to negotiate with the company to ensure that you receive maximum compensation.
If you have been injured at a pool, schedule a consultation with an accident attorney in your local area.