A pool operator
may be present at a hotel, country club
, facility, apartment
, gym, school
, or any other location that has a pool available for use. The operator generally takes care of the pool in an overseeing manner
, and he may even be very hands on in the maintenance realm. The problem is that many operators may be negligent in their duties and wind up not taking care of the pool, which can cause risks and hazards for all people involved. If you were hurt in an accident that was the result of a pool operator’s negligence, you can take legal action. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group
, will gladly help you file a lawsuit against the proper individual and will see to it that you are fairly paid for your damages.
How can a pool operator be negligent?
A pool operator can be negligent in a number of ways. It is possible that the operator or maintenance worker at a pool did not do his due diligence in cleaning the pool or in ensuring that it is safe for all parties
. Some of the most common issues include:
- Broken diving boards, which can break mid-spring and cause severe injuries, like concussions and drowning
- Slippery surfaces, which may be present on diving boards, ladder rungs, floors, tiles, and more; a slippery surface can cause a fall accident, which may result in severe bodily injuries
- Presence of chemicals in the pool, which were used to try and clean it but the balance, quantity, or type as wrong (for example, excessively filling a pool with ammonia and filling it while the chemical is still in the water)
- Lack of lifeguards or anyone who can intervene in the event of an emergency, or poorly trained or poorly screened lifeguards
- Lack of safety features near the pools
- Lack of depth signs, warning signs, hazard symbols, and more, which may not notify anyone about potential diving accidents
These actions can lead to various injuries from diving accidents, slip and falls, and more. Some of the potential injuries include:
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- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Closed head injuries
It is important that you check a pool to see if there are any potential hazards present. Some may be very hidden or not out in the open, so you should be diligent. Even still, accidents may happen, and a pool operator who was negligent can be held accountable. You can contact one of our attorneys to get started on a lawsuit against the individual or the establishment.
What should I do if I were injured because of a negligent pool operator?
A pool operator or manager must make sure that the pool is safe and hazard-free for all swimmers and guests
. If he does not do so, he can be held accountable. If you are at a business or private location, the property owner or company can be held liable
If you were injured, it is important that you go to the hospital first so you get appropriate medical treatment. If you wait too long, your claim will not be taken as seriously, since the insurance agent will believe you were hurt elsewhere. You will also ensure that your damages do not worsen over time. Once you have gone to the hospital or doctor, you should keep all the receipts, notes, prescriptions, and other documents.
Take pictures of the pool, any hazards that were present, any defects with equipment, your injuries, and more.
Collect eyewitness statements from any other swimmers who were nearby. The more testimonies you have in your evidence, the stronger your claim will be.
If the incident happened at an establishment, you can request security videos or surveillance footage if available. You should also make sure that you file an incident report with a manger to ensure that the establishment knows there was an accident and that you were hurt.
Once you gathered all of your proof, you can speak with a lawyer who has experience in pool accident lawsuits. We will organize your evidence for you and discuss the legal process. We will also hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf and will write the demand letter to the insurance agency. Our goal is to bring you every penny you deserve, and we will not give up until we are satisfied with the results.
If I was hurt because of a negligent pool operator, what can I win in a lawsuit?
Pool operator negligence
can result in numerous kinds of accidents and injuries, as described above. Victims should be paid for all their expenses and losses resulting from the incident. A pool operator has a responsibility to his guests, and if he is negligent in his duties, he may be held accountable for the resulting consequences.
The value of your claim will be determined by the degree of injuries you suffered, the impact they had on your daily life and job, the medical bills that racked up because of them, and your level of responsibility in the incident.
That is, if you were partially accountable and caused the incident, your settlement would be worth much less.
We will aim to bring you compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills from the past and future to pay for surgery, hospitalization, medication and prescription drugs, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and more
- Lost income from the past and future if you were unable to return to work due to your injuries, recovery time, medical procedures, and more
- Property damage if your personal items or belongings were lost in the incident and must be replaced or repaired
- Pain and suffering damages for PTSD, anxiety, fear, psychological stress, emotional trauma, and other forms of mental injuries
- Wrongful death damages to cover any potential loss of life from a loved one or family member, which can include funeral and burial fees, loss of expected savings and inheritance, loss of consortium, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and others
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Our goal is to ensure that you are fully covered for any and all monetary damages. If a pool operator was negligent and caused an accident or hazard that harmed you, we can help you sue.
How long do I have to sue for pool operator negligence resulting in injuries?
A pool accident caused by a negligent pool operator or manager can put you out of commission for some time. The statute of limitations is the time limit during which you can file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you do not sue within this window of time, your claim will be voided and you won’t be able to collect any compensation. Claims have a statute of limitations so that one party does not gain a very large advantage, such as by waiting until a defendant lacks the ability to pay for expenses. The sooner you sue, the more likely it is that you will have a good foundation, as all your evidence will be intact and not corrupted or lost.
It is possible that the statute of limitations can be extended past the limit. These exceptions can be granted to individuals who were underage at the time of the incident, who were left physically or mentally incapacitated afterwards, and those whose defendants have left the state. The statute will be suspended, respectively, until the plaintiff turns 18 years old, returns to health or functioning, or when the defendant returns to the state.
Many claims are not filed simply because victims do not know how long the statute of limitations is. To ensure that you will not miss out on any deadlines, you can speak to our attorneys. We will help sue a negligent pool operator and make certain that your documents are all submitted on time.
How Our Law Firm Helps You
The Downtown LA Law Group
is based in Los Angeles, California. We have a long history of successful lawsuits for pool accidents caused by the negligence of operators
. We have ample knowledge and experience in the realm of pool claims, and we know the best methods and strategies to win your lawsuit. Our attorneys are known for being aggressive and for not giving up until we are satisfied with the end result of your claim. If we have to go to court to win your case, we are willing to do so.
To set up a free legal consultation, feel free to call us today at (888) 649-7166
. We will talk about your case with you and discuss your legal options, we will walk you through the process and answer all of your questions. We will also tell you how much we think your case is worth and what we will do to win it. Our attorneys are available around the clock, and you can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you hire us, we’ll give you our zero fee guarantee. This means that we won’t get paid unless and until we win your claim. The money will come from the settlement taken from the owner of the pool o r the business that runs it. If we lose, we take no money whatsoever.
For the best help available to sue for an accident because of a pool operator’s negligence, call the Downtown LA Law Group
today at (888) 649-7166