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
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- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Closed head injuries
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
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.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.