What Should I Know About Swimming Pool Safety in New Jersey?

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If you were injured in a swimming pool this summer as a result of another’s negligence, it is not too late to consider your legal options. Give us a call today to discuss the details of your case with our skilled Monmouth County slip and fall accident attorneys.

What are the common causes of swimming pool accidents?

As a pool owner, it is important to take reasonable precautions in order to keep the premises safe and avoid injuries from occurring. The best way to do this is by taking the following steps:

  • Do not leave a child alone in the water or near it
  • If the pool is deep and people are unable to stand, ensure they are adept swimmers before allowing them in the pool
  • Stay away from drains and be sure pools have drain covers
  • Install appropriate barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around the pool
  • Stow away any portable ladders when the pool is not being used. Children who cannot swim are usually attracted to pools and removing ladders can stop them from climbing into the pool and hurting themselves.
  • Pool owners may want to know how to perform CPR just in case someone is drowning
  • Never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Avoid electrocution by prohibiting electronic devices near the poor
  • Let swimmers know where there are shallow areas where they cannot dive

Can I seek legal compensation after a swimming pool injury?

If you were injured in a swimming pool as a result of another’s negligence and would like to obtain financial compensation for your burdens, you must be able to establish that your injuries were an immediate result of the pool owner’s negligence. To reinforce this claim, you will need to accumulate substantial evidence pointing to this idea. If you are able, take the following steps after your accident:

  • Call 911 – The police will dispatch an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report.
  • Collect contact information from any witnesses to the accident. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to verify your version of events which can play a large role in a personal injury case.
  • Take photos and videos of the dangerous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Seek medical attention to make sure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for a copy of any applicable medical documents stating to the origin and severity of your injuries.
  • Retain the services of a skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney to help you gather more evidence that can be critical to your claim.

It is important to keep in mind that New Jersey has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. With an attorney on your side, you can ensure you have promptly met all of your deadlines.


To learn more about how we can help you after sustaining an injury due to no fault of your own, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or contact us online.