Swimming Pool Accidents
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Thousands of people are injured in swimming pool accidents every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 people die each day as a result of unintentional drowning in the United States. Worse yet, many of these drowning deaths are suffered by young children. A swimming pool accident can involve a slip & fall that results in traumatic injuries or drowning that causes coma, paralysis, spinal cord damage, permanent brain injuries or death.
Whether your swimming pool accident occurred in a backyard at a private residence, at a public pool, hotel pool, private swim club or water park, you may be facing extensive medical bills and a long road to recovery.
The experienced premises liability and personal injury lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC can help you explore your legal options and make sure you get justice for your swimming pool accident injuries. One of our knowledgeable attorneys will look over the details of your case and determine the identities of all potentially liable parties. We regularly represent personal injury victims, including swimming accident victims, throughout Union County, Somerset County and Essex County, NJ, including Union, Hillsborough and Bloomfield.
In the event of a serious swimming pool accident, you may suffer significant personal injuries. As a result, you could be looking at costly medical bills, intense pain and suffering, a long period of rehabilitation and lost wages if you are unable to return to work while you recover. In the most tragic cases, your loved one could even lose their life as a result of a swimming pool accident; that’s when you should consult an attorney and consider filing a wrongful death claim.
Some of the most common types of pool-related accidents in New Jersey are:
Under NJ premises liability law, swimming pool owners and operators can be held legally responsible for failing to remove dangerous conditions from the property, failing to warn site visitors of the dangers of using a pool or failing to provide adequate supervision of the swimming pool area.
Additionally, property owners have a heightened duty when it comes to attractive nuisances like swimming pools. An attractive nuisance is basically any dangerous condition on the property that might encourage trespassing. A swimming pool is the most common example of an attractive nuisance because children may be more likely to trespass on a property in order to take a dip in a pool. Another attractive nuisance, as an example, is a trampoline.
In order to guard against attractive nuisance injuries when a piece of land has a swimming pool on it, the property owner should take steps to prevent unauthorized access to the pool. This may include fencing in the pool, putting up a gate or erecting some other kind of barrier to prevent easy access to the pool when there are no lifeguards on duty. Additionally, the fence or gate should be high enough to prevent children from getting into the unattended pool area.
The property owner may also want to post signs warning site visitors about the dangers of swimming in the pool. Signs should warn site visitors of the risks of swimming in the pool or even entering the pool area. Signs should also warn visitors of the heightened risk of a slip & fall injury if they run near the pool.
Don’t let the swimming pool owner, or their insurance company, blame you for the accident that caused your injuries. Insurance companies often have no shame when it comes to defending against personal injury and premises liability claims, so they won’t hesitate to blame the victim.
The experienced and skilled swimming pool accident attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC can help you fight the insurance company and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us now to discuss your swimming pool accident or schedule a free consultation at one of our conveniently located offices in Scotch Plains, Morristown, Newark, East Brunswick, Clifton or Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to discuss your case.