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Pool accidents – Injured at a Public Pool?

You may not know how to proceed if you were injured in a pool accident. These incidents occur every day at numerous places, and there can usually be some blame assigned to different parties. If you were injured in such an event, you should take appropriate legal action. You should seek out the help of an expert pool accident attorney in Los Angeles at the Downtown LA Law Group. We will gladly handle your case for you and ensure that you receive ample representation.

What are pool accidents?

Pool accidents - Injured at a Public Pool? | Tips for Filing a Pool accident Claim Pool accidents can happen in numerous locations. They may occur at private homes and residences, at hotels and motels, at YMCA centers and other recreation centers, at schools, at gyms, and more. Even public pools have a high rate of injury due to their popularity. Pool accidents can happen in various ways, including:
  • Dangerous pool slides or structures that are defective or unsafe
  • Broken ladders with defective rungs or ladders that are not properly fastened to the pool wall
  • Broken stairs and steps that lead into the pool and can cause falls
  • Slippery tiles, cracked floors, and other issues near the pool that can cause trip and falls
  • Diving board issues, such as broken boards or slippery boards
  • Lack of warning signs and hazard signs that highlight the issues, potential risks, depths of the sections of the pool, and more
  • Lack of lifeguards nearby to intervene in the case of accidents, injuries, drowning, and more
These accidents can be dangerous for everyone. Young children are more likely to suffer severe injuries and drown, and older individuals can more easily fall and injure themselves. The types of damages you can suffer in pool accidents include:
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Nerve damage
  • Torn muscles
  • Concussions
  • Closed head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Internal organ damage
  • Paralysis
  • Drowning
  • Coma
  • Death
What are pool accidents? If you have suffered any injuries akin to those above, you should reach out to our law firm to move forward with a lawsuit. We will do everything in our power to win you the compensation you deserve and we will not give up until we are satisfied with the result.

Who is responsible in a pool accident?

In order to file a lawsuit against the owner or property manager of a pool, you must be able to show that you were legally on the property. You must prove that you were either an invitee, or someone there for a mutual gain (such as a paying guest at a YMCA), or a licensee, or social guest. Trespassers are given fewer legal rights, as they are not legally allowed on the property, but they still cannot have traps be set for them and may be able to collect compensation in some scenarios. For the most part, though, you will either fall under one of the two initial categories.
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You must then be able to show that the property owner was negligent in some way. This is the key component of a premises liability case. You must be able to prove at least one of these points as true:
  • The property owner knew that there was an issue with the pool but took n actions to fix it
  • The property owner was caused the issue with the pool
  • The property owner was not aware that there were any problems with the pool, but a reasonable owner would have known and taken some action to fix it
It can be difficult to prove even one of these points if you do not have any legal experience. If you contact our firm, we will handle your case for you while you focus on recovering. Our attorneys will strive to prove that you were rightfully on the property and that it was the owner’s inaction that contributed to the incident.

What should I do to file a lawsuit for a pool accident?

Who is responsible in a pool accident? It is important that you follow this procedure if you wish to file a pool accident lawsuit to pursue compensation. Too many individuals do not follow these crucial steps and wind up without any possible chance of restitution.
  • Go to the doctor at once for medical treatment
  • Keep medical receipts, bills, and notes
  • Take photos of your injuries
  • Acquire security footage, if possible
  • Acquire copies of your credit card statement and proof that you were a guest or customer, if applicable
  • Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident at the pool
  • Interview eyewitnesses to write down their statements and testimonies
  • File an incident report with the company and keep a copy of it
Once you have collected as much evidence as you can, you should bring the package to a lawyer with experience in pool accident cases. We will be able to file your documents for you and work with the insurance agency to bring you a fair settlement amount. You should not have to do anything after you took the initial steps. We will even hire expert witnesses to defend you and back up your claim.

How much can I win in a pool accident lawsuit?

The value of your pool accident claim will be dependent on your injuries and level of negligence. The insurance agent will look at how hurt you were, how much of an impact the damages had on your job and quality of life, what you do for a living, and whether or not you were responsible for the incident. If you were not at fault and you were seriously hurt, your claim may be worth a large sum of money. The insurance agent will make an offer, but it may not be in the ballpark of what your claim is truly worth. We will work to negotiate a fairer deal from him, and pursue the following damages:
  • Medical bills to cover surgery fees, ambulatory transportation, medication costs, hospitalization bills, physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions, and future medical procedures
  • Property damage for your personal items and belongings that were lost or broken in the accident, like a cell phone and others
  • Missed wages if you could not o to work, as well as future missed income
  • Pain and suffering damages for mental anguish, emotional trauma, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and more
  • Wrongful death damages if a loved one dies in the incident, which can include funeral and burial costs, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of consortium and relations, loss of expected inheritance and savings, and more
Call our lawyers today to move forward with your case and get the payment you deserve.

What is the statute of limitations for pool accident lawsuits?

If you were hurt in a pool accident and wish to file a claim, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you do not file a claim in this time period, then, under California law, you will be unable to pursue any future compensation and your claim will be void. It is important that you take action quickly – sometimes, evidence can get lost or corrupted, and you will not have substantial proof to show your injuries. There are, however, some ways in which you can suspend or postpone the statute of limitations. These scenarios most often occur in situations wherein minors were involved, as they cannot legally sue until they turn 18 years old, or when people are left incapacitated, and cannot sue until they return to functionality. Further, defendants must be in the state in order to be sued, and if they vacate, the time limit will be suspended until they return. If you do not know when the statute of limitations for your claim runs out, you can contact our attorneys. We will ensure that your lawsuit is filed within the correct and proper amount of time.

The Best Firm in Town

The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the most highly reputed law firms in the city. We have a long history of success and we pride ourselves on our numerous victorious cases. We have won over $100,000,000 in restitution for our clients, and we never give up on a case. We will ensure that you are paid what you deserve, and if we have to go to court to win your claim, we are willing to do so. For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. We will walk you through the case and look over your claim. You can ask us whatever you wish and we will give you the right answers. We will also tell you how much we feel your lawsuit is worth. If you wish for us to represent you, we will give you our zero fee guarantee. This states that you won’t pay any out of pocket fees for our services. We will cover the costs of the lawsuit and will only get paid if we win – the money will come from the insurance settlement we bring you. If we lose, we do not get paid at all, and you walk away with no debts to our firm. Contact the Downtown LA Law Group today if you have questions and wish to file a pool accident lawsuit against a property owner.
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