Swimming pool accidents can cause long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial burdens on the injured party. If you were injured as a result of a pool owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to relief. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at the Wilton Law Firm today to discuss your options. We are dedicated to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
What are the common causes of swimming pool accidents in New Jersey?
There are many causes of swimming pool accidents. However, the most common is pool owner negligence. A pool owner has a responsibility to ensure that their property is safe for those who are on it. If they fail this duty, they can be held liable if someone gets hurt. Pool owners should take the following precautions to ensure that they avoid pool accidents from occurring:
- Never leave a child unattended in the water or near it
- If the pool is deep and people are not able to stand, make sure they are capable swimmers before letting them in the pool
- Stay away from drains and be sure pools have drain covers
- Install proper barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around the pool
- Stowaway any portable ladders when the pool is not being used. Children who cannot swim are often attracted to pools and removing ladders can prevent them from climbing into the pool and harming themselves.
- Pool owners may wish to know how to perform CPR just in case someone is drowning
- Always swim sober
- Avoid electrocution by prohibiting electronic devices near the poor
- Let swimmers know where there are shallow areas where they cannot dive
Can I pursue legal action after a swimming pool accident?
You must be able to prove that your injuries were a direct result of the pool owner’s negligence. To support this claim, you will need to obtain significant evidence pointing to this contention. If possible take the following steps after your accident:
- Call 911 – The police will dispatch an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report.
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses to the accident. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events which can play a large role in a personal injury case.
- Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents pointing to the origin and severity of your injuries.
- Hire an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to help you gather more evidence that can be essential to your claim.
- Note that New Jersey has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. Ensure that you have promptly met all of your deadlines with your attorney.
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Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or contact us online.