What to do if you are Involved in a Swimming Pool Accident

As we find ourselves in the midst of barbecue and pool party season, it is important to take the time to ensure we take the necessary safety precautions before the fun starts. There are plenty of simple steps you can take that may drastically decrease the chances of an unwanted swimming pool accident. If you are someone who was injured in a swimming pool accident and believe another party is responsible, then it is important you know how you may recover compensation. Here are some questions you may have regarding your compensation recovery:

How do I know I qualify for compensation?

If you were involved in a swimming pool accident, you must prove your injuries were sustained due to the other party’s negligence. If the pool owner does not take the necessary safety precautions and you are injured as a result, then there is a good chance you will be able to prove his or her negligence in this case. 

What are some examples of pool-owner negligence?

Owning a pool comes with a ton of responsibility, and if a pool owner fails to follow all the proper guidelines and someone is injured as a result, he or she may be held responsible. Below is a list of potentially negligent pool-owner behavior:

  • Leaving a child unattended in or near the water
  • Failure to ensure all children knew how to swim before jumping into a pool that is deeper than they can stand
  • Failure to install the proper walls, covers, and fences around the pool
  • Failure to properly stow the pool ladder away while not in use
  • Failure to place “wet floor” or other hazard warning signs on a pool deck with a wet floor

How do I prove another party’s negligence?

In order to prove another party’s negligence, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. One of the most efficient ways to do this is by taking video footage or pictures of the incident. It may also help your case if there were other witnesses present who will vouch for you when you file your claim. Additionally, after the incident occurs, it is important you see a medical professional as soon as you can, because the documentation he or she provides may also be used to your advantage when you are trying to prove your claim. It is very important you contact a knowledgeable attorney so you may receive the compensation you deserve. This compensation may be used to cover medical bills and more.

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MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.