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New Jersey summers are sticky and hot, and a quick dip in the pool is a great way to stave off a complete meltdown. Unfortunately, swimming pools and the surrounding areas can be very dangerous if pool operators do not follow basic swimming pool safety guidelines.
What starts as a sunny afternoon, watching the kids do tricks off the diving board, floating around on a noodle, or dangling your feet in the water, can quickly turn tragic. The surrounding deck can become slippery from all the splashing, especially for bare feet or flip-flops. And any open water holds the potential for drowning.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool incident, contact the New Jersey swimming pool injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., at (609) 240-0040. Our team can assess your situation and inform you of your legal rights to compensation for your injuries.
Who Is Responsible for Creating a Safe Pool Environment?
Pool managers are responsible for creating a safe pool environment. This includes making sure all equipment is built to state and local code, well-maintained, and functioning properly. It also means anticipating possible hazards and taking necessary steps to mitigate the danger.
A loose pool ladder could cause you to lose your balance and fall on the pool's edge. A diving board with rusted mountings could lead to a nasty laceration. An unmarked shallow end can lead to spinal injuries if you take a dive. Pavement worn smooth and slicked with water is another risk. In addition, any pool or spa with a pump presents a safety hazard for suction injuries or deaths. In 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission enacted the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which requires specific devices be installed to prevent suction entrapment. Older pools and spas must be retrofitted with these devices, such as specialized drain covers and multiple suction intakes.
While patrons of public and community pools should be able to expect a certain level of safety planning and preventative maintenance from the pool staff, unfortunately, this expectation is not always met. And people, especially children, are injured as a result.
Common Injuries from Swimming Pool Accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents in pool areas can result in painful, dangerous injuries. Head and neck injuries are not uncommon, and it is quite easy to break a bone on the hard surfaces at most pools.
Drowning is often associated with swimming pools. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 people in the United States die from unintentional drowning every day, and two of them will be under the age of 14. In addition to the victims who die in the water, anyone who has inhaled a large amount of water into the lungs could succumb to dry drowning, which occurs within an hour of the incident, or secondary drowning, which can occur up to 48 hours after the incident. Survivors of any form of drowning may have some brain damage.
Your Right to Monetary Compensation After a Swimming Accident in NJ
If you have suffered a major injury from a swimming pool incident, you may have the right to monetary compensation. Medical bills, lost wages from time off work, and ongoing pain and complications from the injury – these are all legitimate claims for compensation that you should explore with the aid of a qualified lawyer. There is no reason that you should suffer financially, as well as physically, because of the pool management's negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a pool, you need to understand your rights - and how our skilled team of attorneys can help you secure the compensation that you deserve. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our NJ injury lawyers are longtime residents who are committed to making the Garden State a safer place for everyone. Negligent pool owners and operators must be held accountable. Call (609) 240-0040 today for a free case assessment.
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