Pool Slip and Fall Accidents
As we dive into summer, millions of Americans are eager to spend long days at the pool. Swimming pools are a great way to have fun and cool off, but they can also be hazardous. With swimmers tracking water in and around pool areas, the risk of slip and fall accidents increases significantly. Slip and fall accidents can lead to a host of injuries that include strains, sprains, and fractures. More serious slip and fall accidents can result in lacerations, broken bones, traumatic head, neck, and spine injuries, and even fatalities.
Slip and falls are dangerous enough, but when they happen near a swimming pool, the risk of drowning also increases. Slip and fall injuries are not only physically painful, but the medical expenses required to treat these injuries can be financially devastating. If you or a loved one is injured in a slip and fall accident at the pool, do you have the right to sue for your injuries? And if so, what do you need to know about the process?
Slip and Fall Pool Injuries
Swimming pools are filled with slip and fall hazards. Knowing the risks can help you and your family prevent falls every time you go swimming.
Take extra precautions around:
- Diving boards: Some diving boards are made of slippery plastics that prevent swimmers from gripping the surface. The safest diving boards have non-slip treads or textured surfaces to prevent falls.
- Smooth concrete decks: Concrete that is not stamped or textured in some way can be extremely slick. Algae also likes to grow on wet concrete, making it even more slippery.
- Restrooms and locker rooms: Public restrooms and locker rooms are usually tiled. If the property owner fails to provide anti-skid rugs or mats, visitors may slip and fall.
Slip and Fall Lawsuits
Should you suffer a slip and fall accident at the pool, there are steps you can take to recover compensation for your injuries and hold negligent property owners accountable. To sue for damages, you will need to prove four things:
- Duty: Property owners have a duty to take steps to protect invitees from harm and warn guests of known hazards.
- Breach: Proving the property owner failed in their duty to keep the pool safe in some way.
- Causation: Proving your injuries occurred because the property owner failed in their duty to keep the pool safe.
- Damages: Suffering significant financial losses as a result of a property owner’s negligence, including medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering.
New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Advocate for Visitors Injured in Summer Pool Accidents
New Jersey slip and fall lawyers at The Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr are experienced in obtaining and documenting every detail of your accident to successfully prove your claim and obtain compensation for your injuries. To discuss your accident, call 877-249-4600 or contact us online today. We serve residents throughout New Jersey at our Highland Park office.