Injuries from a swimming pool accident may be severe or even fatal. Victims may experience various damages that may create a financial burden. Seek legal counsel if you or someone you love was injured in a public or private pool. A personal injury law firm in Atlanta can review your case to determine if you may have the right to pursue legal action. A lawyer also can help determine liability if filing a slip and fall claim or other type of injury case.
Determining Liability in a Swimming Pool Accident
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the United States, about 10 people lose their lives as a result of drowning. It is the fifth leading cause of unintentional fatal injuries in the nation.
These accidents and others involving pools occur in a variety of settings including private residences, hotels, public facilities and parks. Depending on where the pool accident occurred, individuals or entities who are found to be negligent could be held liable.
Let’s say the family decided to spend a few hours at a privately owned pool. If someone suffers serious injuries after being trapped underwater, and it is later discovered that the drain wasn’t properly covered, the owner of the pool may be held liable.
Owners of personal property may be liable for pool accidents. If a neighbor suffers a severe head injury after attempting to use the diving board that the owner knew was broken, the owner may be considered liable.
Liability also can be found with manufacturers when a swimming pool accident is the result of defective parts and equipment. A couple of examples include ladders and slides.
If the accident occurred on government property, there may be different laws that apply that fall under the Federal Torts Claim Act. While these types of claims can be more complicated, it doesn’t necessarily negate responsibility of the government. Your attorney may be very helpful when pursuing a case of government liability in a slip and fall claim or other case involving a pool.
There are some circumstances in which even a caregiver could be found liable. For instance, if a swimming pool accident resulted from a lack of supervision, the individual responsible for your child may be considered negligent.
Compensation for Swimming Pool Accidents
The consequences of an accident in a pool can be catastrophic. Spinal cord injuries, fractures, head trauma, traumatic brain injuries and drowning are just some examples of severe or fatal injuries. Victims may have to undergo months or even years of rehabilitation or other forms of treatment, and families may be left to deal with the emotional toll.
Compensation that addresses financial, physical and emotional losses may be recovered through a slip and fall claim or other type of claim, depending on the circumstances of the injury. You could be eligible to recover medical costs including hospitalization, surgery and other types of medical care.
If the swimming pool accident resulted in missed time from work or an individual no longer is able to work, those earnings may be recoverable. If family was financially dependent on a victim who died, future potential earnings may be included in the claim.
In addition, there could be compensation for pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, funeral costs, emotional distress, and more. Discuss your case with an attorney to go over the types of damages that may be recoverable.
Contacting a Personal Injury Law Firm in Atlanta
If you need help determining liability in a slip and fall claim, contact a personal injury attorney inAtlanta at the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz. A lawyer can evaluate the details of your case carefully to determine if negligence was the cause and what options may be available. We understand the serious repercussions that can result from a serious or fatal swimming pool accident.